Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 12:23:00 EDT
From: "David A. Johns" DJOHNS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UFPINE.BITNET
Back to this again ...
Our library just got a copy of Joseph E. Holloway's _The African
Heritage of American English (Indiana U. P., 1993). _Suwanee_ is
listed under both Georgia and Florida place names as possibly of
African origin. On page 115-116 they suggest that it could have come
from Bantu _nsub-wanyi_ 'my house'. Apparently there was a large
Black Seminole settlement near the mouth of the Suwanee until 1818,
when it was destroyed during the Seminole Wars.
There's also a town named Suwanee in Georgia, a little northeast of
Atlanta, but there's no explanation in the book of how the name got
that far north.