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#1 Feb-01-2012 08:27:pm

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Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Passaic  =  valley

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#2 Feb-02-2012 04:43:am

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Great idea, thank you.

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#3 Feb-02-2012 08:09:am

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Punxsutawney  =  sand-fly town / gnat town / mosquito town  (Take your pick.)

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#4 Feb-02-2012 08:59:pm

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Since most modern spellings are an aberration of the original language, could you include the original spellings as well? For example (and, of course, you already know this sschkaak) Punxsutawney is derived from "ponksad uteney". (Did I get that right?)


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#5 Feb-03-2012 11:28:am

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Suckachsinheet wrote:

Since most modern spellings are an aberration of the original language, could you include the original spellings as well? For example (and, of course, you already know this sschkaak) Punxsutawney is derived from "ponksad uteney". (Did I get that right?)

Paul:  I have several reasons for not using any standard phonetic alphabet for these placenames, right now.  I may add them, at a later date.

This particular name is a combination of pongus (sand-fly; mosquito; gnat) and uteney (town; city).  I don't know where that non-word, "ponksad," first appeared.  (I first saw it in Evan Pritchard's work.)

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#6 Feb-03-2012 12:17:pm

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Watchung  =  in the mountains / on the mountain

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#7 Feb-04-2012 08:17:am

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Kittatinny  =  big mountain

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#8 Feb-05-2012 07:58:am

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Playwicky  =  there are plenty of turkeys / among the turkeys   (The word, "turkeys," could refer to the bird or the phratry.)

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#9 Feb-06-2012 08:03:am

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Tulpehocken  =  in the land of water turtles

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#10 Feb-06-2012 09:34:pm

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I really appreciate this. I'm going to have to break out the lessons to figure out how those are put together...


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#11 Feb-07-2012 08:41:am

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Manhattan  =  place for gathering the wood to make bows   (Ives Goddard's interpretation - following Albert Anthony)

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#12 Feb-08-2012 08:40:am

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Wheeling  =  place of the head  ("human head," that is  neutral)

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#13 Feb-09-2012 08:18:am

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Tuxedo  =  there are round-feet / round-feet  (i.e., members of the wolf phratry)

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#14 Feb-09-2012 08:41:am

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I hate to reply here because the list is so nice..... but thank you so much for doing this!!!!!

Strangely I was just talking with someone about the town of Tuxedo yesterday.


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#15 Feb-10-2012 08:25:am

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All comments welcome:  positive, negative or "other."

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#16 Feb-10-2012 08:27:am

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Minisink  =  at the islands

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#17 Feb-11-2012 08:32:am

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Absecon  =  medicinal herb / medicinal root

     another possibility = place of white salt

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#18 Feb-12-2012 08:19:am

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Damascus  =  muskrat

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#19 Feb-13-2012 08:30:am

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Port-au-Peck  =  deep, still water / a bay

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#20 Feb-14-2012 07:32:am

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Monongahela  =  a collapsing high bank (of a river)

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#21 Feb-14-2012 12:54:pm

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

sschkaak wrote:

Monongahela  =  a collapsing high bank (of a river)

Makes you wonder how we came to name a whole culture of people after that... But the river with that name has a few collapsing high banks along it.


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#22 Feb-15-2012 08:49:am

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Allegheny  =  stream of the 'stepping-down' clan  (a clan in the Lenape wolf phratry)

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#23 Feb-16-2012 08:24:am

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Tobyhanna  =  stream of alder trees

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#24 Feb-17-2012 07:27:am

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Walhonding  =  at the ditch / at the trench / at the storage pits

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#25 Feb-18-2012 08:14:am

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Re: Documented Lenape (Unami or Munsee) Placename of the Day

Kokosing  =  place of owls

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