Attala County, Mississippi


Mississippi Towns & Counties with Indian Names

Choctaw, Chickasaw, Natchez, Yazoo, Choula, Algonquin, Tunica, Biloxi, and Pasgagoula. This are just some of the names of tribes that used to roam freely across the land now known as Mississippi.

Many towns, communities, rivers and counties now bear the names of these tribes as well as other Indian names. Mississippi is an Indian word meaning “big river’.

The following is a listing of some towns and rivers located in the state of Mississippi whose names were taken from Indian words. A translation of its Indian meaning is also shown:

Amite “friendly river”
Bogue Chitto “big river”
Byhalia “white oak tree”
Coahoma “red panther”
Iuka “place of bathing”
Natchez “to break off from”
Neshoba “wolf”
Noxubee “stinking water”
Panola “cotton”
Pontotoc “weed prarie”
Senatobia “rest to the weary”
Tallahatchie “rock river”
Tishomingo “warrior chief”
Tunica “little people”
Tupelo “make a noise”
Winona “first born daughter”
Yalobusha “tadpoles abounding”
Yazoo “river of the dead”
Yockanookany “catfish land”

Among the counties that bear Indian names are: Amite, Attala, Chicaksaw, Choctaw, Grenada, Issaquena, Itawamba, Leflore, Neshoba, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Tallahatchie, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica, Yalobusha, and Yazoo.

Although Leflore is French rather than Indian, Leflore county was named after Greenwood Leflore the French/Indian chief of the Choctaw. And, Greenwood, which is located in Leflore County also took it's name from this Choctaw Chief.

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