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Indian Place Names in Alabama

Written by William A. Read and revised edition by James B. McMillan

Publication Year: 1984

"What is the 'meaning' of names like Coosa and Tallapoosa? Who named the Alabama and Tombigbee and Tennessee rivers? How are Cheaha and Conecuh and Talladega pronounced? How did Opelika and Tuscaloosa get their names? Questions like these, which are asked by laymen as well as by historians, geographers, and students of the English language, can be answered only by study of the origins and history of the Indian names that dot the map of Alabama.—from the Foreword

Originally published by Professor Read in 1937, this volume was revised, updated, and annotated in 1984 by James B. McMillan and remains the single best compedium on the topic.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Title Page, Copyright

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CONTENTS

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pp. iii-

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. iv-

For necessary help in finding old documents and maps I have repeatedly called on the staff of The University of Alabama Library, particularly Joyce Lamont, Curator of Special Collections, and her assistants, Clark Center, Deborah Nygren, and ...

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FOREWORD

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pp. v-vii

What is the "meaning" of names like Coosa and Tallapoosa? Who named the Alabama and Tombigbee and Tennessee rivers? How are Cheaha and Conecuh and Talladega pronounced? How did Opelika and Tuscaloosa get their names? Questions like these, which are asked by laymen as well as by ...

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PREFACE

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p. ix-ix

This study deals with the origin and meaning of Indian geographic names in Alabama. It records the pronunciation only of those names on which reasonably trustworthy data could be obtained. It does not include a detailed history either of aboriginal place names in Alabama or of the tribes that formerly ...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. xi-xvi

Almost all the Indian tribes that formerly inhabited what is now the state of Alabama belong to the Muskhogean family. For the present investigation those of the greatest significance are the Choctaw and the Creek or Muskogee; it is, indeed, from the languages of these two that ...

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SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS

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pp. xvii-

The modern pronunciation of place names is indicated by the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet. In the transcription of Indian sources the vowels and consonants have, with few exceptions, the value of the equivalent ...

INTERNATIONAL PHONETIC ALPHABET

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p. xviii-xviii

List of Names

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pp. 1-79

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 80-84

APPENDIX

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pp. 85-102

INDEX

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pp. 103-107


E-ISBN-13: 9780817384722
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817302313

Page Count: 126
Publication Year: 1984

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Subject Headings

  • Names, Indian -- Alabama.
  • Names, Geographical -- Alabama.
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