Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 15:52:00 PST


Subject: Re: Suwanee

I wonder about the name "Sewanee" aka University of the South located on

the Cumberland Plateau in east Tennessee. Same origin?

Ellen Fennell


From: ADS-L

To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L

Subject: Suwanee

Date: Friday, November 18, 1994 12:23PM

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.

David Johns

Waycross College

Waycross, GA