This is a list of
Native American place names in the U.S. state of Nebraska. These include state, county, townships, cities, towns, and villages.
Nebraska - The name of the state is derived from an
Omaha name meaning "flat water." In the Omaha language the name is Nibthaska; ni, water, and bthaska, flat.
Counties [ edit ]
Villages, towns and cities [ edit ]
Anoka - A Dakota Indian word meaning "on both sides."
Birdwood - A translation of the Dakota name Ziŋtka-c̣aŋ Wakpala (False Indigo Creek) for the because False Indigo ( Amorpha fruticosa), which in Dakota is literally called "birdwood", commonly grows along the stream.
Battle Creek - Named after a nearby stream where Nebraska volunteer militiamen were prepared to fight a battle against the Pawnee Indians that never happened.
Barada - Named after Antoine Barada, a French-Omaha settler on the Nemaha Half-Breed Reservation.
Blackbird - Blackbird is the English translation of the name Wash-ing-guhsah-ba, or Chief Blackbird of the Omahas who lived and died in the vicinity.
Bone Creek Township, Butler County, Nebraska
Brule - Named after the Brule tribe of the Teton Sioux.
Council Creek Township, Nance County, Nebraska
Elkhorn Township, Dodge County, Nebraska
Hyannis - Named after Hyannis, Massachusetts, which was named after Iyannough, a sachem of the Cummaquid tribe. 
Iowa Township, Holt County, Nebraska
Kenesaw Township, Adams County, Nebraska
Lodgepole - Named after a nearby creek that is named after a literal translation of the Dakota name, Tushu Wakpala.
Logan Township, Adams County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Antelope County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Buffalo County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Burt County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Clay County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Cuming County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Dixon County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Dodge County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Gage County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Kearney County, Nebraska
Logan Township, Knox County, Nebraska
Loup Ferry Township, Nance County, Nebraska
Loup Township, Buffalo County, Nebraska
Loup Township, Custer County, Nebraska
Loup Township, Merrick County, Nebraska
Loup Township, Platte County, Nebraska
Mankota - Mankota is from the Dakota Indian word Maḳaṭo, meaning "blue earth". Named for Mankato, Minnesota.
Monowi - Meaning "flower", this town was so named because there were so many wild flowers growing in the vicinity.
Nehawka - An approximation to the Omaha and Otoe Indian name of a nearby creek.
Niobrara - The Omaha and Ponca word for spreading water or spreading river.
Oconee - Named for Oconee, Illinois. Oconee was the name of a Creek town.
Oconto - A Menominee word meaning the "place of the pickerel." Named for Oconto, Wisconsin.
Ogallala - named for the Oglala people.
Oneida Township, Kearney County, Nebraska
Ottercreek Township, Dixon County, Nebraska
Leshara. Named after Petalesharo, a Pawnee chief.
Platte Township, Buffalo County, Nebraska
Platte Township, Butler County, Nebraska
Platte Township, Dodge County, Nebraska
Pohocco - A precinct in the northeastern part of Saunders county, the name derives from Pahuk, meaning headland or promontory, the Pawnee name of a prominent hill in the vicinity.
Quinnebaugh Township, Burt County, Nebraska
Rosalie - Named for Rosalie La Flesche, a daughter of Omaha chief Joseph La Flesche. 
Sappa Township, Harlan County, Nebraska
Saratoga Township, Holt County, Nebraska
Skull Creek Township, Butler County, Nebraska
St. Deroin - A ghost town on the former Nemaha Half-Breed Reservation founded by a French-Omaha settler who was killed near his trading post along the Missouri River.
Tekamah - Located on the site of a historic Pawnee village, the surrounding hills were used for burying grounds and the highest point was used as a fire signal station. The origin of the name is not definitely known.
Tonawanda - Named for Tonawanda, New York.
Unidilla - An Iroquois word meaning "place of meeting." Named after Unadilla, New York.
Venango - An eastern Native American name in reference to a figure found on a tree, carved by the Erie.
Waco - Named after Waco, Texas, which is the name of one of the divisions of the Tawokoni whose village stood on the site of Waco, Texas.
Weeping Water is a translation of the French "L'Eau qui Pleure", and has an interesting Native American legend connected with its name.
Wyoming - Derived from a corrupted Delaware word meaning "large plains" or "extensive meadows."
Wyoming Township, Holt County, Nebraska
Yutan - Named for an Otoe chief.
Natural features [ edit ]
Other places [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Bibliography [ edit ]
Fitzpatrick, Lilian Linder A.M. (1925)
Nebraska Place-Names. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Studies in Language, Literature, and Criticism. p 140. Fontenelle, Henry. (1885)
Indian Names of Streams and Localities. Translations and reports of the Nebraska State Historical Society, vol. 1, p. 76, 1885. Gilmore, Melvin R. (1919)
Some Indian Place Names in Nebraska. Nebraska State Historical Society, vol. 19, pp. 130-139.
External links [ edit ]