Skip to comments.Tracing The Name of the "Appalachian" Mountains
Posted on 08/30/2009 1:14:52 PM PDT by jay1949
Europeans named the southern mountains after the Apalchen or Apalachen tribe of natives. How did the name progress from "Apalchen" to "Appalachia" and "Appalachian Mountains?" By the whims of cartographers and geographers, it seems. The steps from "Apalchen" to "Appalachian" can be traced by referring to vintage maps which provide names for the mountains of the East.
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I believe the Apalachen Indians lived in Florida, near what is now known as Apalachee Bay, but I’ve never heard where the Rocky Indians lived.
Weren’t the Rocky Mts named for a famous boxer? ;>)
That could be. Marciano or Stallone?
According to my handy copy of “Georgia Place Names” by Krakow we have:
APALACHEE,This is the oldest recorded Indian
name in Georgia, according to Goff. It is a name
that was given to a former community in Oconee
County, and was named for the APALACHEE
RIVER on which it was located. This was formerly
called the South Branch of the Oconee River, and
before that named CHULAPOCCA (q.v.). There
is at present a community called APALACHEE
in upper Morgan County. It was settled before 1820
and incorporated August 22, 1907 to July 1, 1995.
The railroad station here was first named FLORENCE,
for Florence Few, a daughter of Joe C. Few.
The name was already in use, so about 1896 the
name Apalachee was adopted. The name is derived
fromthe Apalachee (or Apalachi) Indian tribe of
the Creek Confederation. The meaning may be from
the Hitchiti Indian word apalahchi, “those on the
other side” (as opposed to allies), “those who lived
beyond the mountains,” or possibly from the
Choctaw, apelachi, “helpers” or “allies.” Derivation
can also be traced from the former Indian town
of Apalachee (or Apalachen), which was in the
vicinity of today’s Tallahassee, Florida. This place
wasmentioned by Alvar Nunez de Vaca.(c.1490-
1557) in the account of the Narvaez expedition
of 1528. The Spaniards under Hernando De Soto
(1500?-1557) first applied the name to the
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS in 1539. This range
includes all of the eastern United States mountains
from Alabama and Georgia to northern Maine.
Through this range runs the APPALACHIAN
TRAIL, one of the longest trails in the world, which
extends 2,065 miles from Springer Mountain in
Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine.
Depends on whether we’re talking about the real Rocky Mountains or the ones painted in on the background of a movie set.
Sorry about the formatting.
Good reference; thanks.
On a related note, the Owyhee Mountains (and County) in Idaho got their name from Hawaii - or the Hawaiian name for Hawaiians.
I’ve been in Owyhee County (which doesn’t look at all like what I’ve seen of Hawaii...bleak desert...the size of mainland Massachusetts but only has 11,000 people) and thought that “Owyhee” was just a 19th-century variant spelling of Hawaii.
It was a variant. Apparently, there were some native Hawaiians who traveled with some French explorers. I’d have to double check my Idaho history.
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