US Place Names ~ Authorities

Information was obtained from the following books, two and three authorities being quoted in cases where differing opinions exist concerning origins:

Indian Names

The Aboriginal Races of North America, by Samuel G. Drake; fifteenth edition, revised by Prof. H. L. Williams.

The American Indian, by Elijah M. Haines, 1888.

League of the Iroquois, by L. H. Morgan, 1857.

Indian Local Names, with their Interpretations, by S. G. Boyd, 1885.

Algonquin Series, by W. W. Tooker.

The Story of the Indian, by George Bird Grinnell.

The Siouan Tribes of the East, by James Mooney: Bulletin 22 of the Bureau of American Ethnology.

Indian Linguistic Families of America North of Mexico, by J. W. Powell: Seventh Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, pp. 1-142.

The Ghost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890, by James Mooney: Fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, pp. 641-1110.

Calendar History of the Kiowa Indians, by James Mooney: Seventeenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, pp. 129-445.

Tribes of the Extreme Northwest, by W. H. Dall: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. I.

Vocabularies of Tribes of the Extreme Northwest, by W. H. Dall: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. I, pp. 121-153.

Cherokee Nation of Indians, by Charles C. Royce: Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, pp. 121-378.

The Menomini Indians, by W. J. Hoffman: Fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology, pp. 3-328.

Klamath Indians of Southwestern Oregon, by Albert Samuel Gatschet: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. II, 1890.

The Seminole Indians of Florida, by Clay MacCauley: Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, pp. 469-531.

Tribes of California, by Stephen Powers: Contributions to American Ethnology, Vol. III.

Dakota-English Dictionary, by Stephen R. Riggs: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. VII.

Pamunkey Indians of Virginia, by John Garland Pollard: Bulletin 17 of the Bureau of American Ethnology,

Tribes of Western Washington, by George Gibbs: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. I, pp. 157-241.

Individual States

Alabama
History of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, by Albert James Pickett.

Arkansas
A Journal of Travels into the Arkansas Territory, by Thomas Nuttalls, 1821.
Some Old French Place Names in the State of Arkansas, by John C. Branner.

California
History of the State of California, by John Frost.
History of the State of California, by Miguel Venegas.

Report of Exploring Expedition to Oregon and California, 1843-44, by John Charles Fremont: Senate Doc., Twenty-eighth Congress, second session.
History of Oregon and California, by Robert Greenhow, 1845.

Connecticut
Gazetteer of Connecticut and Rhode Island, by J. C. Pease and J. M. Niles, 1819.
Indian Names of Places in Connecticut, by J. H. Trumbull.
Connecticut Historical Collections, by J. W. Barber, 1849.

Florida
Gazetteer of Florida, by Adiel Sherwood.
Handbook of Florida, by Charles Ledyard Norton, 1890.

Georgia
Gazetteer of Georgia, by Adiel Sherwood, 1829.
History of Georgia, by William Bacon Stevens.
History of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, by Albert James Pickett.

Indiana
Indiana Gazetteer or Topographical Dictionary, published by E. Chamberlain, 1849.
History of Indiana to 1856, by John B. Dillon, 1859.
Indiana, by J. P. Dunn.

Kentucky
Historical Sketches of Kentucky, by Lewis Collins, 1848.

Louisiana
A Description of Louisiana, by Father Louis Hennepin, Translated from the Edition
of 1683, and Compiled with Nouvelle Découverte, the La Salle Documents, and Other
Contemporaneous Papers, by John Gilmary Shea, 1880.

Maine
History of Maine to 1842, by George J. Varney, 1873.
Gazetteer of Maine, by N. E. Hay ward.
History of Maine, 1602-1820, by W. D. Williamson, 1832.
Collections of the Maine Historical Society, 1847-1859. (In seven volumes. )

Massachusetts
Gazetteer of the State of Massachusetts, by Rev. Elias Nason, 1874.
Historical Collections Relating to Every Town in Massachusetts, by John Warner Barber, 1846.
Gazetteer of Massachusetts, by J. Hayward, 1847.
The Indian Names of Boston and Their Meaning, by Eben Norton Hosford: New
England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XL, 1886, pp. 94-103.
Massachusetts Historical Society Proceedings, Vol. XII, 1873.

Michigan
Gazetteer of Michigan, by John T. Blois, 1840.
Memorials of a Half Century in Michigan and the Lake Region, by Bela Hubbard.

Mississippi
A History of Mississippi from the Discovery of the Great River by Hernando de
Soto, Including the Earliest Settlements Made by the French under Iberville to the
Death of Jefferson, by Robert Lowry and William H. McCardle.
Mississippi River, by Henry R. Schoolcraft.
History of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, by Albert James Pickett

New Hampshire
Gazetteer of New Hampshire, by Alonzo J. Fogg.
New Hampshire State Papers.
New Hampshire Town Papers.
Manual of the Court of New Hampshire.
Gazetteer of New Hampshire, by J. Hayward, 1849.
Gazetteer of New Hampshire, by J. Farmer and J. B. Moore, 1823.

New Jersey
Gazetteer of New Jersey, by Thomas F. Gordon, 1834.
Historical Collections of New Jersey, by J. W. Barber and H. Howe.
Indian Names in New Jersey, by T. Gordon: Historical Collections of the State of
New Jersey, 1844, p. 512.

New Mexico
Historical Sketches of New Mexico, by Le Baron Bradford Prince, 1883.
Doniphan's Expedition, by John T. Hughes, 1849.

New York
History of the State of New York, 1609-1664, by John Romeyn Brodhead.
Gazetteer of New York, by Thomas F. Gordon, 1836.
Gazetteer of New York, by Horatio Gates Spafford, 1813.
New York State Register, by Orville Luther Holley, 1843.
History of Lewis County, 1860.
History of St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties, by Franklin B. Hough.
New York State Register, by John Disturnell, 1858.
Historical Collections of New York, 1524-1845, by J. W. Barber and H. Howe, 1845.
History of the Late Province of New York to 1732, by W. Smith, 1757.

Ohio
Gazetteer of Ohio, by John Kilbourn, 1821.
Pioneer History of Ohio, by S. P. Hildreth.
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of the Early Pioneer Settlers of Ohio, by S. P. Hildreth.
Historical Collections of Ohio, by Henry Howe. (Three volumes in two ): 1889, 189_.
Ohio Gazetteer, by Warren Jenkins, 1837.

Oregon
History of Oregon, by Hubert Howe Bancroft, 1886.

Report of the Exploring Expedition to Oregon and North California, 1843-44, by John Charles Fremont: Senate Doc, Twenty-eighth Congress, second session.
History of Oregon and California, by Robert Greenhow, 1845.
Oregon; the Struggle for Possession, by William Barrows, 1884.
Mountains of Oregon, by W. G. Steel.
Tribes of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon by George Gibbs: Contributions to North American Ethnology, Vol. I, 1877, pp. 157-241.

Pennsylvania
Historical Collections of Pennsylvania (1680-1778); by S. Day, 1843.
History of Pennsylvania to 1776, by Thomas F. Gordon, 1829.

Rhode Island
Gazetteer of Rhode Island, by Pease and Niles.
Rhode Island Historical Society Proceedings, 1886-87, pp. 42-51
Indian Names of Places in Rhode Island, by U. Persons, 1861.
Gazetteer of Connecticut and Rhode Island, by J. C. Pease and J. M. Niles, 1819.

South Carolina
Historical Collections of South Carolina, by B. R. Carroll, 1836.
Documents Connected with the History of South Carolina, by P. C. J. Weston.
Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society, Vols. I-V, 1857-1897.

Tennessee
History of Tennessee; the Making of a State, by James Phelan.

Utah
Exploration and Survey of the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah, by Howard Stansbury: Senate Ex. Doc. No. 3, special session, March, 1851.

Vermont
Vermont Historical Gazetteer, by A. B. Hemenway, 1867-1871.

Virginia
Historical Collections of Virginia: Virginia Historical Society publications.
History of Virginia to 1754, by W. H. Brockenbrough: History of Virginia, by Joseph Martin, 1836.

Washington
Tribes of Western Washington and Northwestern Oregon, by George Gibbs: Contribution to North American Ethnology, Vol. I, 1877, pp. 157-241.
History of Washington, by Elwood Evans.

Miscellaneous

Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor, by George William Featherstonehaugh.

Astoria, by Washington Irving.

Henry-Thompson Journals, by Elliot Cones.

The Expeditions of Zebulon Montgomery Pike, by Elliot Coues. (Three volumes, 1895.)

History of the Expedition under Lewis and Clark, by Elliot Coues, Philadelphia American Philosophical Society, pp. 17-33, 1893.

Account of an Expedition from Pittsburg to the Rocky Mountains under the Command of Maj. Stephen H. Long. Compiled by Edwin James. (Three volumes, 1823. )

Narrative of an Expedition to the Source of St. Peters River, Lake Winnepeek, Lake of the Woods, etc., under the Command of Stephen H. Long, by William H. Keating. (Two volumes, 1825.)

The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, or Scenes beyond the Rocky Mountains and the Far West, by Washington Irving, 1850.

Yellowstone Park, by H. M. Chittenden.

Geographical Names as Monuments of History: Transactions of the Oneida Historical Society, No. 5, 1889-1892.

Report of Reconnaissance of Northwestern Wyoming, Including the Yellowstone Park, in 1873, by William A. Jones, 1875.

Exploration of the Colorado River of the West, by J. W. Powell, 1875.

Report upon the Colorado River of the West, by Joseph C. Ives: Senate Doc, Thirty-sixth Congress.

Excursion to the Grand Cañon of the Colorado, by W. M. Davis.

Colorado Exploring Expedition, by Joseph C. Ives: War Department, Office Explorations and Surveys, pp. 31-42, 1859.

Pacific Coast Business Directory

Source: The Origin of Certain Place Names the United States, Second Edition, Henry Gannett, Washington, Government Printing Office, 1906.

 

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