New Resource for Travelers to the Southwest


Have you ever driven through a small town with an intriguing name like Wyandotte or Cuyamungue and wondered where that name came from? Or how such well-known placenames like Tucson, Waco or Tulsa orginated?

Native American placenames like these occur all across the American Southwest. A new user-friendly guide--covering Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas--provides fascinating information about the meaning and origins of Southwest placenames.  With its unique regional approach and compact design, the Native American Placenames of the Southwest handbook is especially well-suited for curious travelers.

Written by distinguished linguist William Bright, the handbook is organized alphabetically, and its entries for places--including towns, cities, counties, parks and geographic landmarks--are concise and easy to read. Entries give the state and county, along with all available information on pronunciation, the name of the language from which the name derives, the name's literal meaning, and relevant history.

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Carmen's picture
Submitted by Carmen on
Not only the southwest, but throughout the whole United States. Manhattan, Seattle, Delaware, Spokane, Milwaukee, etc., etc., and of course, not to mention the smaller towns and places that exist within these regions.

Dan Lossing's picture
Dan Lossing
Submitted by Dan Lossing on
interesting to know and understand more about the origin and meanings of these