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Indian Names in or near Tri-Counties area
We are so fortunate in this area to still be surrounded by the beautiful Indian names for so many of our rivers, towns, counties and geographical features. The only drawback, of course, is constantly having to spell them for people who do not live in our area and who are not used to them. Following is a preliminary and incomplete list of some of them with meanings. Sources for this are Arch Merrill, Heverly, 1897 Tioga County History and others. Please feel free to tell me of others that you know.

Prepared by Joyce M. Tice

Canandaigua town, lake    
Carontuoan     Capital of the Andastes, now called Spanish Hill at Athens
Catatonk Creek    
Cattaraugus County    
Cattaraugus County    
Cayuga County    
Cayuta Creek    
Chemung Town, County, River big horn Named for a mammoth tusk found on its banks.
Chenango River, County bull thistle Ochenang was a Tuscarora Indian Village
Cowanesque River, town at the long island Ga-wa-ni-a-que (1897 p. 27-28)
Delaware River, County    
Genesee County    
Kanawaholla   head on a pole A Seneca village on location of Elmira's present court house.
Nanticoke town    
Niagara falls, river, county    
Onondaga County    
Oquaga stream, a minor Indian tribe    
Oscalui an Indian village   in Bradford County
Otselic River    
Owasco Lake    
Owego Town, Creek where the valley widens Ahwaga
Seneca lake, county    
Sheshiquin Township    
Susquehanna River, County long crooked river  
Tioga River, County (NY & PA) at the forks or meeting of the waters Diahoga
Tioughnioga River    
Tonowanda town    
Towanda Village, creek where we bury the dead a Delaware word
Tuscarora township, creek   A tribe which inhabited the area
Wappasening creek where there are white stones Wapachsinning
Wilawanna town place where the big horn was found.  
Wyalusing township, creek the place of the hoary veteran or the good hunting ground M'chwihilusing
Wysox township, creek the place of grapes or where there is a canoe harbor Wisachgimi

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