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1500 California Place Names

1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, A Revised version of1000 California Place Namesby Erwin G. Gudde, Third edition

William Bright
Copyright Date: 1998
Edition: 1
Pages: 172
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    1500 California Place Names
    Book Description:

    This is the new "pocket" version of the classicCalifornia Place Names, first published by California in 1949. Erwin G. Gudde's monumental work, which went through several editions during its author's lifetime, has now been released in an expanded and updated edition by William Bright. The abridged version, originally called1000 California Place Names, has grown to a dynamic1500 California Place Namesin Bright's hands. Those who have used and enjoyed1000 California Place Namesthrough the decades will be glad to know that1500 California Place Namesis not only bigger but better. This handbook focuses on two sorts of names: those that are well-known as destinations or geographical features of the state, such as La Jolla, Tahoe, and Alcatraz, and those that demand attention because of their problematic origins, whether Spanish like Bodega and Chamisal or Native American like Aguanga and Siskiyou. Names of the major Indian tribes of California are included, since some of them have been directly adapted as place names and others have been the source of a variety of names. Bright incorporates his own recent research and that of other linguists and local historians, giving us a much deeper appreciation of the tangled ancestry many California names embody. Featuring phonetic pronunciations for all the Golden State's tongue-twisting names, this is in effect a brand new book, indispensable to California residents and visitors alike.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-92054-5
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iii)
  2. [Map]
    (pp. iv-iv)
  3. Preface
    (pp. 1-4)
    William Bright
  4. Key to Pronunciation
    (pp. 5-8)
  5. 1500 California Place Names
    (pp. 9-170)

    ABALONE (ab uh LOH nee) POINT [Humboldt Co.]. The abalone, an edible shellfish, has given its name to several places in California. The term comes from Rumsen (Costanoan), in whichawlunmeans “red abalone.”

    ACALANES(ah kuh LAH neez) [Contra Costa Co.]. Refers to a Indian tribe of the Miwokan family, living south of San Pablo and Suisun Bays, whom the Spanish called Sacalanes. The termLos Sacalaneswas reinterpreted asLos Acalanesin the 1830s. The tribe is now usually referred to as Saklan.

    ACHUMAWI (ah choo MAH wee). An American Indian group of Shasta, Lassen, and Modoc Counties; also...