The Indian Place-Names on Long Island and Islands Adjacent; With Their Probable Significations

The Indian Place-Names on Long Island and Islands Adjacent; With Their Probable Significations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... Smith, 1697: "excepting--so much of the marshe and necks of land--of Maritches, and Mamanuck" (B. H. R., vol. i., p. 90). Some variations are: Merguices, 1683; Meritces, 1691; Marigies, 1693; Maritches, 1697; Moritches, 1714; Murichis, 1728; Meriches, 1740, etc. This neck of land was socalled because it was Meritche's, --one time its Indian owner, or dweller upon it. This name appears among the grantors, in the Indian deed for beach in 1685 (B. H. R., vol. i., pp. 69, 70), as Wene-meritchew, ="old woman Meritchew" or "Meritche's old woman"; Wene=weenai, or weany (Montauk) wenise (Narragansett), "an old woman." The meaning of Meritche has not been ascertained. Similar compounding of personal names is found in old records. Aguaback whome sgua= Ucgue-baug-homes-sguaw, "the head of the bay old man's woman" (S. H. R., vol. i., p. 215. MOSQUETAH: Glen Cove, Oyster Bay town. This name appears modernly as "Mosquito Cove," and has the appearance of being derived from that irrepressible insect, but it was not. It takes its name from the extensive meadows bordering the cove or creek. Variations are: Mosguetah, 1658; Musceata, 166; Muskitoe, 1668; Muchito, 1675. Mosguetah corresponds to Narragansett muskkosgut, "meadow"; Mohegan muxguataug, "place of rushes." The same name appears in Westerly, R. I., as Mukguata, or Muxguataug (Trumbull's Indian Names in Connecticut). See Muskyttehool. 216. MUNCHOG, Munchoage: an island in the Great Pond, Montauk. It is mentioned in the East Hampton accounts for the year 1690 when "Benj. Osborn, Nath. T almage and John Miller, Jr. were paid five shillings each for going to Montauk to search...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681794X
  • 9781236817945