American Indian Place Names
In Rhode Island:

Past & Present



D
Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Dusamequin See Osamequin  

E

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Eackhonk RIVER, in the edge of Connecticut, and runs into the Ashwague river. This is the end of the fishing place; as far as the migratory fish go; a dry or large tree
Eascoheague See Easterig  
Easterig, Eastcrig HILL, or Eascoheague, S. West part of West Greenwich [in Voluntown]. The post office there is so named. The signification of the word is, 'origin of three rivers.' It is a great place for shooting game. This is as far as the spear-fishing goes; fork in the river where we spear-fish; three forks in the river; source of three rivers; red land; a meadow
Escoheag See Easterig  
Escoheague See Easterig  
Espowet CREEK, or Sapowet, makes in from the river. It is near Dr. West's house and the bay, in the S. W. part of Tiverton. At the large cove

G

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Genesee,
Genessee
Brook, Woods and Swamp, Kingston Beautiful valley or there it has fine banks
Gideon Alias of Quequaquenuit, Narragansett Sachem or Chief See Narragansett Tribe

H

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Hakewamepinke
Exeter See Aspatnansuck
Hassanamesit TRACT in Grafton, one of the principal towns of the Nipmuck Indians, whose south line extended probably into Rhode Island. Small stones place; place of much gravel
Homoganset HUNTING GROUND, Nonequasset, or quksett, or Kesikamuck. The neck of land between Wickford and Anaquatucket river. At the fishing place; at low tide there are fresh springs; hunting grounds
Horseneck[21] Beach, East Greenwich At the stone (cave) place
Hummock Point, Newport County, Portsmouth/Fall River Fishing place?; enclosed place?
Hummocks Newport County, Portsmouth/Fall River Little fishing place?; enclosed place?
Huron[22] Little Huron Pond, Crompton French word "hure" meaning rough or ruffian per http://www.tolatsga.org/hur.html
Hyens, Hyemps See A’Wumps  

I

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Iagoo[23] Pond, Washington County Boaster; story teller
Iams See A’Wumps  
Indian[24] Not a Native American word; of unknown origin, attributed to Christopher Columbus in 15th century  

K

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Kachanquant See Cajanaquond  
Kedinker See Kedinket  
Kedinket Island, Washington County, Ashaway A ship; on the ship; it resembles a little ship
Keech Hill, Georgiaville See Keeck
Keeck Pond, Providence County, Geogiaville Kettle pond
Keekamuett See Kickamuit  
Keekamuit See Kickamuit  
Keekkamuit See Kickamuit  
Kekamenset See Kickamuit  
Kekamewett See Kickamuit  
Kekamuett See Kickamuit  
Kesickamuck Washington County, Wickford Stony fishing place; stone we stand on when fishing
Kesikomuck See Kesickamuck  
Kickamuit SPRING at the extreme N. E. part of Bristol, a few rods from the Warren line. In Narragansett dialect, springs were called Watchkecum; clear spring, Mishamuit. On the other side of the bay springs were called Dashmuit, Ashimuit; but Kickamuit means clear spring. See alternative entry
Kickamuit[25] RIVER, means a back river. It is in the north part of Warren. It was also applied, says Judge Brayton, to Apponaug mill stream, entering the N. W. corner of Greenwich bay, Where the otter passes; at the large spring
Kickemuet See Kickamuit  
Kickemuit See Kickamuit  
Kickomuet See Kickamuit  
Kikemuit See Kickamuit  
King Philip, King Phillip Rock, Seat, Chair, House, Inn, Road  & others throughout region English (royal) name given to the Wampanoag Grand Sachem Pometacomet (or Pometacom or Metacom, or Metacomet, or Wawesawanit[26]), son of Massasoit and after whom is named "The King Philips’ War" (1675-6).
Kitachanniqut Kent County Principal long place; principal long beach
Kitacka muck nut See Kittackamucket  
Kitackamuckqut See Kittackamucket  
Kitackamuckqutt See Kittackamucket  
Kitackquamuckopett See Kittackamucket  
Kitamuckqut See Kittackamucket  
Kitickamuckqutt See Kittackamucket  
Kittacka mucket See Kittackamucket  
Kittackamucket or Muckqut, cove, on R[hode?]. Island, Narrgansett Bay[27] On the mainland opposite
Kittackquam uckquiet See Kittackamucket  
Kittackquamuck opelle[28] See Kittackamucket  
Kitts Corner & School, Crompton and Pond, Kingston Cormorants[29]?

L

Name
Historical & Geographical Information
Translation
Locasquiset See Louisquissett  
Loisquisset See Louisquissett  
Loquasquiscit See Louisquissett  
Loquasquocit See Louisquissett  
Loquasqusuck See Louisquissett  
Loquassuck See Louisquissett  
Loqusqusset See Louisquissett  
Louisquissett[30] RIVER, or Loqusqusset, TRACT of land through which the turnpike runs at the Lime quarries, in Smithfield on which Jenks lives and the late Elisha Olney. At the meeting place

[21] Shows the process of corruption through Anglicization.
[22]  A confederacy of American Indian peoples formerly occupying the country between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario.
[23] A corruption of name from W.W. Longfellow’s poem, Song of Hiawatha.
[24] Places so named in RI include Hill, Ridge, Neck, Cedar Swamp, Lake, Shores, Rock, Cemetery, Run, Reservoir &c in Carolina, Block Island, Narragansett Pier, North Scituate and Slocum.
[25] About 16 different spelling exist for this place (Huden, p. 81).
[26] Little spirit that circles and circles (like a fox)
[27] Rider (Map, ff. p. 58) shows this located in Portsmouth.
[28] A single word—Kittackquamuckopelle.
[29] Any dark-colored web-footed water birds that have a long neck, hooked bill, and distensible throat pouch.
[30] Also Golf Course in Providence. Name of ancient Wampanoag village near Pawtucket and spelled Loquasquscut in Swanton; more than 20 spellings recorded for this place (Huden,  p. 85).

© 2003 Francis J. O'Brien, Jr., Newport, RI
This material my be used for personal use, and may be quoted in publication, as long as these sources are cited: 1) Dr. Francis Joseph O'Brien, Jr., author, and; 2) Rhode Island USGenWeb (RIGenWeb) Project.
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