Cities/Towns Named for Native American Indian Chiefs


Chief Wapello – Source: en.wikipedia. org

The following list of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, and unincorporated communities that were named for Native American Indian Chiefs. Several ghost towns are also included. This list includes translation-corrupted names, Anglicized names, as well as native names for chiefs. In a few cases, historians and anthropologists may differ on the etymology of the community’s name. In those cases, if a resource has provided some validation that the place name is derived from a Chief’s name, it is included on the list. This list does not include townships, counties, or states/provinces that are named for chiefs.

Chief Tecumseh – Source: en.wikipedia.org

Of these communities, by far the largest is Seattle, Washington. The most common chief names used are Osceola, Pontiac, and Tecumseh. In all, 33 states and three provinces are represented on the list. States leading with the most cities/towns named for chiefs are:

  • Illinois and Indiana = 22
  • Michigan = 17
  • Wisconsin = 15
  • Oklahoma = 14
  • Iowa = 12
  • Ohio and Pennsylvania = 7 each
  • Minnesota, Nebraska and New York = 6 each
  • Alabama, Kansas, and New Jersey = 5 each

Chief Ahpeatone – Source: pinterest.dk

The tribes whose chiefs are most commonly recognized in city/town names are:

  • Potawatomi = 25
  • Lenape (Delaware) = 12
  • Ojibwe (Chippewa) = 10
  • Sauk/Fox = 8
  • Cherokee, Miami, and Lakota/Dakota = 7
  • Chickasaw, Menominee, and Shawnee = 6
  • Choctaw and Mohawk = 5
  • Ozawa, Lenape (Wappinger), and Muskogee (Creek) = 4

Any corrections and/or additions to this list are most welcome. Enjoy!

Chief Quanah Parker – Source: en.wikipedia.org

City/Town, State/Province – Tribe

  • Ahpeatone, Oklahoma – Kiowa
  • Anderson, Indiana – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Annawan, Illinois – ?
  • Aptakisic, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Aripeka, Florida – Miccosukee
  • Asharoken, New York – Matinecocks
  • Ashkum, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Atoka, Oklahoma – Choctow
  • Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania – Seneca
  • Big Foot, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Black Hawk, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – Sauk/Fox
  • Blackhawk, Mississippi – Choctaw
  • Black Wolf, Wisconsin – Winnebago
  • Blountstown, Florida – Seminole
  • Brant, New York – Mohawk
  • Brantford, Ontario – Mohawk
  • Burlington, Indiana – Wyandot
  • Cabazone, California – Cahuilla (added 5/11/19)
  • Canochet, Rhode Island – Narragansett
  • Catawissa, Pennsylvania and Missouri – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Charlo, Montana – Salish (Flathead)
  • Charloe, Ohio – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Chebanse, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Cheetah, Oklahoma – Muscogee (Creek)
  • Chetopa, Kansas – Osage
  • Chickalah, Arkansas – Cherokee (added 5/17/19)
  • Chiloquin, Oregon – Klamath
  • Cloud Chief, Oklahoma – Cheyenne (added 5/15/19)
  • Cochise, Arizona – Apache
  • Coesse, Indiana – Miami (added 5/11/19)
  • Crane Eater, Georgia – Cherokee (added 5/15/19)
  • Croton, Michigan – Lenape (Wappinger)
  • Croton Falls, New York – Lenape (Wappinger)
  • Croton-on-Hudson, New York – Lenape (Wappinger)
  • Decorah, Iowa – Winnebago
  • Deseronto, Ontario – Mohawk (added 5/11/19)
  • Donnacona, Quebec – Iroquois
  • Donnaha, North Carolina – Cherokee
  • Du Quoin, Illinois – Kaskaskia
  • East Tawas, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Elkhart, Indiana – Shawnee (added 5/11/19)
  • Eucha, Oklahoma – Cherokee
  • Fontenelle, Nebraska and Iowa – Omaha
  • Geronimo, Oklahoma – Apache
  • Gotebo, Oklahoma – Kiowa (added 5/11/19)
  • Greentown, Indiana – Miami
  • Greenwood, Mississippi – Choctaw
  • Half Day, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Hiawatha, Iowa – Mohawk
  • Hyannis, Massachusetts – Mattachiest
  • Imnaha, Oregon – Nez Perce
  • Iuka, Arkansas, Illinois, and Kansas – Chickasaw
  • Kanosh, Utah – Ute (added 5/9/19)
  • Katemcy, Texas – Comanche
  • Katonah, New York – Lenape (Wappinger)
  • Keokuk, Iowa – Sauk
  • Keokuk Falls, Oklahoma (ghost town) – Sauk
  • Keota, Iowa – Sauk (added 5/11/19)
  • Keshena, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Kewanee, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Kewanna, Indiana – Potawatomi
  • Kewaskum, Wisconsin – Potawatomi
  • Kilbuck, Pennsylvania – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Kilobuck, Ohio and New York – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Kishacolquilles, Pennsylvania – Shawnee
  • Kitsap, Washington – Suquamish
  • Kokomo, Indiana – Miami (added 5/11/19)
  • Lacassine, Louisiana – Comanche
  • LaFontaine, Indiana – Miami
  • Lagros, Indiana – Miami
  • Lake Junaluska, North Carolina – Cherokee
  • Lame Deer, Montana – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Lesharo, Nebraska – Pawnee
  • Lewistown, Ohio – Shawnee
  • Logan, Ohio, Utah, and West Virginia – Mingo/Iroquois
  • Majenica, Indiana – Miami (added 5/11/19)
  • Makanda, Illinois – ?
  • Manteo, North Carolina – Croatan
  • Marin City, California – Licatiut (added 5/11/19)
  • Metamora, Indiana and Illinois – Wampanoag (revised 5/11/19)
  • Metea, Indiana – Potawatomi (added 5/11/19)
  • Mettawa, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Metuchen, New Jersey – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Mianus, Connecticut – Pagusett
  • Micanopy, Florida – Seminole
  • Monegaw, Missouri – Osage (added 5/17/19)
  • Moniac, Georgia – Muscogee (added 5/15/19)
  • Monoquet, Indiana – Potawatomi (added 5/11/19)
  • Montezuma, Indiana, Colorado, Georgia, and Iowa – Aztec (added 5/11/19)
  • Moonachie, New Jersey – Iroquois
  • Moosomin, Saskatchewan – Cree
  • Moosup, Connecticut – Mohegan
  • Mosinee, Wisconsin – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Mulga, Alabama – Muscogee (Creek)
  • Muskoka, Ontario – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Naaman, Delaware – Minqua (added 5/11/19)
  • Nanuet, New York – Munsee (added 5/17/19)
  • Naubinway, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Nemacolin, Pennsylvania – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Neopit, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Newcomerstown, Ohio – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Newaygo, Michigan – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Niota, Illinois – fictional chief (added 5/9/19)
  • Niwot, Colorado – Southern Arapaho
  • Ogema, Wisconsin – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Ogontz, Pennsylvania (now part of Philadelphia) – Sandusky
  • Okemah, Oklahoma – Kickapoo
  • Okemos, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Oketo, Kansas – Otoe
  • Oneco, Illinois – Mohegan
  • Oochelata, Oklahoma – Cherokee (added (5/11/19)
  • Orono, Maine – Penobscot
  • Osceola, Indiana, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, and Wisconsin – Seminole
  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Ouray, Colorado – Ute
  • Owosso, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Paducah, Kentucky – Chickasaw
  • Patna, Illinois and Indiana – Ponca or Kickapoo
  • Peshawbestown, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Petoskey, Michigan – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Pewamo, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Pocatello, Idaho – Shoshone
  • Pokagon, Michigan and Oklahoma – Potawatomi
  • Pontiac, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Quebec, and Rhode Island (part of Warwick) – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Pontotoc, Mississippi and Texas – Chickasaw
  • Port Sanilac, Michigan – Wyandot 
  • Powhatan, Virginia and Oregon – Powhatan
  • Powhattan, Kansas – Powhatan
  • Pushmataha, Alabama – Choctaw
  • Quanah, Texas – Comanche
  • Quinney, Wisconsin – Mohican
  • Rahway, New Jersey – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Red Cloud, Nebraska and Indiana – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Red Jacket, West Virginia – Seneca
  • Red Wing, Minnesota – Dakota (Sioux)
  • Rumson, New Jersey – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Russiaville, Indiana – Miami
  • Saltese, Montana – Coeur d’Alene
  • Sapinero, Colorado – Ute
  • Saunemin, Illinois – Kickapoo
  • Seattle, Washington – Salish/Skagit-Nisqually
  • Shabbona, Illinois and Michigan – Potawatomi
  • Shakan, Alaska (may be a ghost town) – Tlingit
  • Shakopee, Minnesota – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Shawano, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Shipshewana, Indiana – Potawatomi
  • Shobonier, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Sleepy Eye, Minnesota – Sisseton Dakota (Sioux)
  • St. Deroin, Nebraska – Otoe
  • Stevens Village, Alaska – Athabascan
  • Strawtown, Indiana – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Tabiona, Utah – Ute
  • Tama, Iowa – Fox
  • Tamanend, Pennsylvania – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Tamaqua, Pennsylvania – Lenape (Delaware)
  • Taopi, Minnesota – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Tawas City, Michigan – Ojibwe (Chippewa)
  • Tecumseh, Michigan, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Alabama, and Ontario – Shawnee
  • Tekonsha, Michigan – Potawatomi
  • Tetlin, Alaska – Athabascan
  • Tishabee, Alabama – Choctaw
  • Tishomingo, Oklahoma – Chickasaw
  • Tomah, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Tonasket, Washington – Okanogan
  • Tontogany, Ohio – Wyandot/Iroquois
  • Topinabee, Michigan – Potawatomi
  • Truckee, California – Northern Paiute
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Muscogee
  • Tuscumbia, Alabama – Chickasaw
  • Tyendinaga, Ontario – Mohawk (added 5/11/19)
  • Uncasville, Connecticut – Mohegan
  • Victor, Montana – Salish (Flathead)
  • Wabaningo, Michigan – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Wabasha, Minnesota – Dakota (Sioux)
  • Wacouta, Minnesota – Lakota (Sioux) (added 5/8/19)
  • Wakita, Oklahoma – Cherokee
  • Wamego, Kansas – Potawatomi
  • Wanamassa, New Jersey – ?
  • Wanatah, Indiana – Potawatomi
  • Wanchese, North Carolina – Secotan (added 5/11/19)
  • Wanship, Utah – Shoshone
  • Wapakoneta, Ohio – Shawnee
  • Wapella, Illinois and Saskatchewan – Fox
  • Wapello, Iowa – Fox
  • Wappapello, Missouri – Shawnee (added 5/17/19)
  • Waponsee, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Washakie, Utah (ghost town) – Shoshone
  • Washtucna, Washington – Palouse
  • Wasilla, Alaska – Knik
  • Wathena, Kansas – Kickapoo
  • Watonga, Oklahoma – Arapaho
  • Waubeka, Wisconsin – Potawatomi
  • Waucoma, Iowa – Sauk (added 5/11/19)
  • Waukechon, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Waukon, Iowa – Winnebago (added 5/11/19)
  • Wauponsee, Illinois – Potawatomi
  • Wauseon, Ohio – Potawatomi
  • West Paducah, Kentucky – Chickasaw
  • White Bird, Idaho – Nez Perce (added 5/9/19)
  • White Cloud, Iowa, Indiana, and Kansas – Winnebago/Sauk
  • White Pigeon, Michigan – Potawatomi
  • Winamac, Indiana – Potawatomi
  • Winnemucca, Nevada – Northern Paiute
  • Wyandanch, New York – Montaukett
  • Yutan, Nebraska – Otoe (added 5/9/19)

SOURCES:

Chief Black Hawk – Source: pinterest.com

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