The name Tahoe (the lake in California/Nevada) is Washo for „big water.“
The state name Utah is from the Ute tribe, meaning „people of the mountains.“
One of the great legacies of human migration and settlement is the coming together of diverse groups of people in the same space. When people of different backgrounds coexist, the resulting impact can be seen in the area’s cultural markers, such as place names.
- The subject of English placenames is a complicated one. There are many factors involved, not the least of which is the waves of conquest England suffered during the period in which most of her placenames were formed. The result is that English placenames come from a variety of languages: possibly preBritish, British, Latin, Old English, Old Norse of two varieties and Norman French. Each of these languages has contributed placenames and influenced the form of existing placenames. This makes a rich and complicated subject with much fine detail. I have tried to review the major types of English placenames, but it has not been possible to touch on every aspect of the subject.