City/Town Names Based on Indian Band and Tribal Names


The following list of cities, towns, villages, hamlets, and unincorporated communities that were named for Native American Indian tribes and or bands. Several ghost towns are also included. This list also includes translation-corrupted names, Anglicized names, as well as native names for the band or tribe. 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 tribe/band’s name, it is included on the list. The list does not include townships, counties, or states/provinces that are named for tribes/bands.

The following states have the most communities names for a Native American Indian tribe or band.

  • Washington = 33
  • Iowa = 26
  • Oregon = 18
  • Illinois = 17
  • California = 16
  • New York and Ohio = 15
  • Missouri and Oklahoma = 14
  • Florida and Indiana = 13
  • Alabama = 12
  • New Mexico = 11
  • Kansas = 9
  • British Columbia = 10
  • Arkansas, North Carolina, and South Carolina = 8

The most commonly used tribal or band name are the following:

  • Miyaimi = 8
  • Pueblo = 8
  • Sioux = 7
  • Osage = 5
  • Seneca = 5

Any additions and/or corrections to this list are most welcome. As wordpress.com’s spell checker prefers to correct terms it doesn’t recognize (despite attempts to prevent it), please forgive any spelling/terminology errors.

City/Town, State – Band/Tribe

  • Abanaka, Ohio – Abenaki
  • Agway, Massachusetts, Montana, and Oklahoma – Agawams
  • Alabama City, Alabama – Alabamee
  • Alabama Landing, Louisiana – Alabamee
  • Alafaya, Florida –
  • Algonquin, Illinois – Algonquin
  • Alesa, Oregon – Alesa
  • Anacostia, DC (part of Washington) – Nacotchtank
  • Apache, Oklahoma – Apache
  • Apache Flats, Missouri – Apache
  • Apache Junction, Arizona – Apache
  • Apalachee, Georgia – Apalachee
  • Apalachicola, Florida – Apalachee
  • Arapahoe, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wyoming – Arapaho
  • Aztec, New Mexico – Aztec
  • Bannock (ghost town), Montana – Bannock
  • Bella Bella, Washington – Heiltsuk – Thank you, Dan
  • Biloxi, Mississippi – Biloxi
  • Blackfoot, Idaho and Montana – Blackfoot
  • Brule, Nebraska – Brule Lakota (Sioux)
  • Caddo, Oklahoma and Alabama – Caddo
  • Caddoa, Colorado – Caddo
  • Caddo Gap, Arkansas – Caddo
  • Cahokia, Illinois – Cahokia
  • Cahuilla, California – Cahuilla
  • Catawba, North Carolina, Missouri, and South Carolina – Catawba
  • Cathlamet, Washington – Kathlamet
  • Cayuga, Indiana, New York, and Ontario – Cayuga
  • Cayuse, Oregon – Cayuse
  • Chamainus, British Columbia – Chemainus or Stz’uminus – Thank you Dan
  • Chehalis, Washington – Chehalis
  • Chelan, Washington – Chelan
  • Cheraw, South Carolina – Cheraw
  • Cherokee, Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Wisconsin – Cherokee
  • Cherokee Bluffs, Alabama – Cherokee
  • Cherokee Pass, Missouri -Cherokee
  • Cherokee Springs, South Carolina – Cherokee
  • Chewelah, Washington – Chewelah
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming and Oklahoma- Cheyenne
  • Cheyenne Wells, Colorado – Cheyenne
  • Chickasaw, Alabama and Iowa – Chickasaw
  • Chillicothe, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Texas – band of Shawnee
  • Chimacum, Washington – Chimacum
  • Chinook, Washington – Chinook
  • Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin – Ojibwa (Chippewa)
  • Choctaw, Louisiana – Choctaw
  • Clackamah, Oregon – Clackamah
  • Clallam Bay, Washington – Klallam
  • Clatskanie, Oregon – Tlatskanhi
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – Coeur d’Alene
  • Colusa, California – Colusa
  • Comanche, Iowa, Montana, and Oklahoma – Comanche
  • Comox, British Columbia – Comox or K’omoks – Thank you, Dan
  • Conestoga, Pennsylvania – English nickname for the Susquehannock
  • Congaree, South Carolina – Congaree
  • Coquille, Oregon – Thank you, Dan
  • Coosada, Alabama – – Coushatta
  • Coos Bay, Oregon – Coos
  • Coosawhatchze, South Carolina – Cusabo
  • Crow Agency, Montana – Crow
  • Dakota, Illinois and Georgia – Dakota (Sioux)
  • Dakota City, Nebraska and Iowa – Dakota (Sioux)
  • Dakota Ridge, Colorado – Dakota (Sioux)
  • Delaware, Ohio, Arkansas, and Indiana – Lenape (Delaware)
  • East Cathlamet, Washington – Kathlamet
  • East Peoria, Illinois – Peoria sub-tribe of the Illini
  • East Wenatchee, Washington – Wenatchi
  • Edisto, South Carolina – Edistow sub -ribe of Cusabo
  • Edisto Beach, South Carolina – same as above
  • Edisto Island, South Carolina – same as above
  • El Pueblo, New Mexico – Pueblo
  • Eno, North Carolina – Eno
  • Erie, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Indiana, and North Dakota – Erie
  • Eufaula, Alabama and Oklahoma – Eufaula
  • Eutawville, South Carolina – Eutaw
  • Fort Apache, Arizona – Apache
  • Fort Erie, Ontario – Erie
  • Fort Klamath, Oregon – Klamath
  • Guyandotte, West Virginia – part of Huntington – Wyandot
  • Hackensack, New Jersey – Hackensack
  • Hatteras, North Carolina – Hatteras
  • Haw, North Carolina – Sissipahaw
  • Houma, Louisiana – Houma
  • Housat0nic, Massachusetts – Housatonic or Stockbridge
  • Humptulips, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • Huron, California, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and South Dakota – Huron
  • Huzzah, Missouri – french term for the Osage
  • Iowa City, Iowa – Ioway
  • Iowa Falls, Iowa – Ioway
  • Iroquois Falls, Ontario – Iroquois
  • Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico – Pueblo
  • Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico -Pueblo
  • Kalispell, Montana – Kalispel
  • Kanawha, Iowa – Kanawha
  • Kansas, Oklahoma – Kansa or Kaw
  • Kansas City Kansas and Missouri – Kansa or Kaw
  • Kaskaskia, Illinois – Kaskaskia
  • Kickapoo, Illinois – Kickapoo
  • Kiowa, Colorado, Kansas, and Oklahoma – Kiowa
  • Kitimat, British Columbia – Kitimaat – Thank you, Dan
  • Kittitas, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • Klamath Falls, Oregon – Klamath
  • Klickitat, Washington – Klikitat
  • Lakonta, Iowa – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Lakota, Iowa – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Lillooet, British Columbia – Lillooet or St’at’ic – Thank you, Dan
  • Lumberton, North Carolina – Lumbee
  • Madawaska, Ontario – Madawaska
  • Mandan, North Dakota – Mandan
  • Maricopa City, Arizona – Maricopa or Piipaash
  • Maroa, Illinois – Maroa
  • Matapeake, Maryland – Matapeake
  • Maumee, Ohio – Miami
  • Mauvilla, Alabama – Mobile
  • Menominee, Illinois and Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin – Menominee
  • Mescalero, New Mexico – Apache tribe
  • Miami Florida – Miyaimi
  • Miami, Indiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma – Miami
  • Miami Beach, Florida – Miyaimi
  • Miami Gardens, Florida – Miyaimi
  • Miamisburg, Ohio -Miami
  • Miami Shores, Florida – Miyaimi
  • Miami Springs, Florida – Miyaimi
  • Miamitown, Ohio – Miami
  • Miamiville, Ohio – Miami
  • Mingo, Iowa – Mingo
  • Mingo Junction, Ohio – Mingo
  • Mississauga, Ontario – Mississauga Ojibwa (Chippewa)
  • Mi-Wuk village, California – Miwok
  • Mobile, Alabama – Mobile
  • Modoc, Indiana and Arkansas – Modoc
  • Mohave, California – Mohave
  • Mohawk, New York and Indiana – Mohawk
  • Mohican, Ohio – Mohican
  • Molalla, Oregon – Thank you, Dan
  • Montauk, New York and Missouri – Montaukett
  • Mt. Shasta, California – Shasta
  • Muncie, Indiana and Illinois – Munsee
  • Muncy, Pennsylvania – Munsee
  • Muscatine, Iowa – Mascoutin
  • Muskogee, Oklahoma – Muscogee (Creek)
  • Nacogdoches, Texas – Nacogdoches tribe
  • Nanjemoy, Maryland – Nanjemoy
  • Nanaimo, British Columbia – Snuneymuxw – Thank you, Dan
  • Nanticoke, New York, Ontario, and Pennsylvania – Nanticoke
  • Narragansett, Rhode Island – Narragansett
  • Naselle, Washington -Nisal
  • Nashua, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Montana – Nashaway band of Pennacook
  • Natchez, Mississippi and Alabama – Natchez
  • Natchitoches, Louisiana -Natchitoches
  • Natick, Massachusetts – Natick
  • Navajo, Arizona and New Mexico- Navajo
  • Navajo Mountain, Utah – Navajo
  • Nehalem, Oregon – (another name for the Tillamook) – Thank you, Dan
  • New Miami, Ohio – Miami
  • Nez Perce, Idaho – Nez Perce
  • New Washoe City, Nevada
  • Niantic, Connecticut – sub-tribe of the Narragansett
  • Nooksack, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • North Kansas City, Missouri
  • North Miami, Florida – Miyaimi
  • North Miami Beach, Florida – Miyaimi
  • North Santee, South Carolina – see Santee
  • North Sioux City, South Dakota – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Ogallala, Nebraska – Oglala Lakota (Sioux)
  • Okanagan Centre, British Columbia – Okanagan or Sylix – Thank you, Dan
  • Okanagan Falls, British Columbia – Okanagan or Sylix – Thank you, Dan
  • Okanogan, Washington – Okanagan or Sylix – Thank you, Dan
  • Old Tappan, New Jersey – Tappan
  • Omaha, Nebraska, Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri – Omaha
  • Oneida, New York, Arkansas, and Iowa – Oneida
  • Oneida Corners, New York – Oneida
  • Onida, North Dakota – Oneida
  • Onondaga, New York and Ontario – Onondaga
  • Opelousas, Louisiana – Appaloosa or Opelousa
  • Osage, Wyoming, Iowa, and Oklahoma – Osage
  • Osage Bend, Missouri – Osage
  • Osage Bluff, Missouri – Osage
  • Osage City, Kansas and Missouri – Osage
  • Osage Mills, Arkansas – Osage
  • Otisco, Indiana – band of Onondaga
  • Oto, Iowa – Otoe
  • Otoe, Nebraska – Otoe
  • Ottawa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, and Ontario – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Ottawa Hills, Ohio – Odawa (Ottawa)
  • Ouachita, Arkansas – Ouachita
  • Ouachita City, Louisiana -Ouachita
  • Palouse, Washington – Palouse
  • Pana, Illinois – Pawnee
  • Parsippany, New Jersey –
  • Pascagoula, Mississippi – Pascagoula
  • Pawnee, Texas – Pawnee
  • Pawtucket, Rhode Island – band of the Nipmucks
  • Peoria, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and Oklahoma – Peoria sub-tribe of the Illini
  • Peoria, Heights, Illinois – Peoria sub-tribe of the Illini
  • Pequots, Minnesota – Pequot
  • Pima, Arizona – Pima
  • Piqua, Ohio – Pickawillany (Miami)
  • Piute, California – Paiute
  • Ponca, Nebraska and Arkansas – Ponca
  • Ponca City, Oklahoma – Ponca
  • Port Huron, Michigan – Huron
  • Potawatomie Park, Indiana – Potawatomi
  • Pueblo, Colorado – Pueblo
  • Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico – Pueblo
  • Pueblo West, Colorado -Pueblo
  • Puyallup, Washington – Puyallup
  • Queets, Washington – Quinault
  • Quilcene, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • Quinault, Washington – Quinault – Thank you, Dan
  • Ramapo, New York – Ramapoo
  • Ree Heights, South Dakota – Arikara (Ree)
  • Roanoke, Virginia, Indiana,, and Missouri – Secotan
  • Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina -Secotan
  • Saanich, British Columbia – Saanich
  • Sac City, Iowa – Sauk
  • Saco, Maine and Missouri – Saco
  • Sammamish, Washington -Thank you, Dan
  • Sandusky, Ohio – Sandusky
  • San Felipe Pueblo, New Mexico – Pueblo
  • San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico -Pueblo
  • Santee, Nebraska – Santee
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Sauk Rapids, Minnesota – Sauk
  • Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia – Sautee band of Muscogee
  • Savannah, Georgia and Iowa – Shawnee
  • Saxapahaw, North Carolina -Sissipahaw or Haw
  • Seminole, Florida and Oklahoma – Seminole
  • Seneca, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Carolina, and South Dakota – Seneca
  • Seneca Castle, New York – Seneca
  • Seneca Gardens, Kentucky
  • Seneca Falls, New York – Seneca
  • Seneca Knolls, New York – Seneca
  • Setauket, New York – Setacott
  • Shasta, California – Shasta
  • Shasta Lake, California – Shasta
  • Shawnee, Kansas, New York, Oklahoma, and Wyoming – Shawnee
  • Shawneetown, Illinois – Shawnee
  • Shinnecock, New York -Shinnecock
  • Snoqualmie, Washington – Snoqualmie
  • Shoshone, Idaho and Nevada – Shoshone
  • Shoshoni, Wyoming – Shoshone
  • Shuswap Falls, British Columbia – Shuswap or Secwe’pemc – Thank you, Dan
  • Siltez, Oregon – Thank you, Dan
  • Sioux Center, Iowa – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Sioux City, Iowa – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Sioux Falls, South Dakota – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Sioux Lookout, Ontario – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Sioux Narrows, Ontario – Lakota (Sioux)
  • Sisseton, South Dakota – Sisseton Dakota (Sioux)
  • Skokomish, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • Skykomish, Washington -Skykomish
  • Snohomish, Washington – Snohomish
  • Southern Ute, Colorado – Ute
  • South Miami, Florida – Miyaimi
  • South Sioux City, Nebraska – Lakota (Sioux)
  • South Wenatchee, Washington – Wenatchi
  • Spokane, Washington – Spokane
  • Spokane Valley, Washington -Spokane
  • Squamish, British Columbia -Squamish
  • Steilacoom, Washington -Steilacoom
  • Stockbridge, Massachusetts – Stockbridge or Housatonic
  • Suisun City, California – Suisines
  • Susquehanna Depot, Pennsylvania – Suskehannock
  • Takilma, Oregon – Takelma – Thank you, Dan
  • Tamaroa, Illinois – Tamaroa
  • Tangipahoa, Louisiana – Tangipahoa
  • Taos Pueblo, New Mexico – Pueblo
  • Tehachapi, California
  • Temecula, California – Temecula
  • Tenino, Washington – Tenino
  • Tensaw, Alabama – Taensa
  • Tequesta, Florida – Tequesta
  • Teton, Idaho and South Dakota – Teton (Sioux)
  • Teutonic, Idaho – Teton (Sioux)
  • Teton Village, Wyoming – Teton (Sioux)
  • Tillamook, Oregon -Tillamook
  • Tualitin, Oregon – Tualitin
  • Tunica, Louisiana and Mississippi – Tunica
  • Tuolumne, California – band of Me-Wuk
  • Tusayan, Arizona – Tusayan
  • Tuscarora, New York – Tuscarora
  • Tuskegee, Alabama – sub-tribe of the Creek
  • Tuskeego, Iowa – sub-tribe of the Creek
  • Uchee, Alabama – Yuchi, Euchee, or Uchee
  • Umatilla, Oregon
  • Umpqua, Oregon – Thank you, Dan
  • Upper Sandusky, Ohio – Sandusky
  • Ute, Iowa and Nevada – Ute
  • Waccamaw, South Carolina
  • Waco, Texas, Indiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, and North Carolina – Weko band of the Wichita
  • Wahpeton North Dakota and Iowa – band of Dakota (Sioux)
  • Walla Walla, Washington – Walla Walla
  • Wappingers Falls, New York – Wappinger
  • Wash City, Nevada – Washoe
  • Water, South Carolina -Wateree
  • Waupeton, Iowa – band of Dakota (Sioux)
  • Waxhaw, North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Wenatchee, Washington – Wenatchi
  • West Miami, Florida – Miyaimi
  • West Nanticoke, Pennsylvania – Nanticoke
  • West Peoria, Illinois – Peoria sub-tribe of the Illini
  • Whippany, New Jersey – Whippanong
  • Wichita, Kansas and Iowa – Wichita
  • Wichita Falls, Texas – Wichita
  • Willapa, Washington – Thank you, Dan
  • Winnebago, Minnesota – Winnebago
  • Winnebago Heights, Iowa – Winnebago
  • Wyandotte, Michigan, Indiana, and Oklahoma – Wyandot
  • Wyreka, Missouri – same as Yreka
  • Yakima, Washington – Yakima
  • Yamhill, Oregon – Yamhelas
  • Yankton, South Dakota – Yankton
  • Yemassee, South Carolina – Yamassee
  • Yoncalla, Oregon – Thank you, Dan
  • Yreka, California – Yreka
  • Yuma, Arizona and Colorado – Yuma
  • Zuni, Colorado – Zuni
  • Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico – Zuni

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6 Responses to City/Town Names Based on Indian Band and Tribal Names

  1. Dan Tilque says:

    You must know that the list is not complete. Here are some (probably not all) additions from Oregon, Washington and BC. If the rest of the country has a similar rate of additions, your list is perhaps only half as long as it should be.

    Unless otherwise noted, the tribe or band has the same name as the town.

    Bella Bella BC — Heiltsuk
    Coquille, OR
    Humptulips, WA
    Kitimat BC — Kitimaat
    Kittitas, WA
    Molalla, OR — Molala
    Nanaimo BC — Snuneymuxw
    Nehalem, OR (another name for the Tillamook)
    Nooksack, WA
    Okanogan WA — Okanagan or Sylix
    Quilcene, WA
    Quinault, WA
    Sammamish, WA
    Siletz, OR
    Skokomish, WA
    Takilma, OR — Takelma
    Umpqua, OR
    Yoncalla, OR

    Colville WA and the Colville Indians both derive their names from Fort Colville, a Hudson Bay Company outpost. Don’t know if you want to count them or not.

    PS. Snoqualmie is out of alpha order.

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  2. problogic says:

    Thank you – I will them and a note that additions and corrections are welcome.

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  3. Dan Tilque says:

    Here’s some more, mostly from BC

    Chamainus BC — Chemainus or Stz’uminus
    Comox BC — Comox or K’omoks
    Lillooet BC — Lillooet or St’at’imc
    Okanagan Centre BC — Okanangan
    Okanagan Falls BC — Okanagan
    Shuswap Falls BC — Shuswap or Secwépemc
    Willapa WA

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  4. problogic says:

    Super – thank you!

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