Understanding Indian Place Names In
Southern New England
Frank Waabu O’Brien, Ph.D.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
O’Brien, Francis Joseph, Jr. (Frank Waabu O’Brien)
Understanding Indian Place Names In Southern New England
Includes bibliographical references.
1. Eastern Algonquian Indian Languages. 2. American Indian Place Names, southern
I. The Massachusett-Narragansett Language Revival Project.
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Copyright © 2003, 2009 by Francis J. O’Brien, Jr., Aquidneck Indian Council, 12 Curry
Avenue, Newport, RI 02840-1412, USA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication
may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any
means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the
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1976 United States Copyright Act. Printed in the United States of America.
To the memory of
Understanding Indian Place Names in Southern New England
Massachusett-Narragansett Revival Program
A project for the reconstruction of the extinct American Indian Languages of
Southeastern New England
Dr. Frank Waabu O’Brien
Aquidneck Indian Council
12 Curry Avenue
Newport, RI 02840-1412
MAY PEACE BE IN YOUR HEARTS
This project was funded [in part] by the National Historical Publications and Records
Commission (National Archives and Records Administration), The Rhode Island Council
[Committee] for the Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rhode
Island Foundation, The Rhode Island Indian Council, and the Aquidneck Indian Council.
Front Cover: Colonial Map of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. In
Rider, S. S. (1904). The Lands of Rhode Island and Massac