1500 California Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning
This is the new "pocket" version of the classic California 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 called 1000 California Place Names, has grown to a dynamic 1500 California Place Names in Bright's hands. Those who have used and enjoyed 1000 California Place Names through the decades will be glad to know that 1500 California Place Names is 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Alameda Angeles Cahuilla Calavetas California California place names called Canyon Chumash Chumash village Coast Miwok Costa Costanoan Creek San Creek Santa Death Valley N.P. derived Diegueno Ftom Wintu George Vancouver hill Humboldt Indian tribe Indian village Inyo Kern kuht Lake Lake Miwok land grant Lassen Los Angeles Co Maidu meaning Mendocino Mexican Spanish Mission Mono Montetey mountain name was applied name was given Nevada Numic Orange Orange Co originally Paiute Patwin peak Pomo probably ptonunciation Refers to Saint river Riverside San Benito San Betnatdino San Diego San Francisco San Luis Ohispo San Mateo Santa Barbara Santa Clara Santa Cruz Shasta Sierra Miwok Siskiyou Sonoma Southern Sierra Miwok Spanish word spelling Suttet town ttihe Tulate Uto-Aztecan Ventuta village name Wappo Yokuts Yosemite N.P. Yutok