It would appear that a disproportionately large number of Cherokee place and proper names have been designated in the literature as of unknown origin ( usually with a strong inference of irreclaimability), or else have been inaccurately translated. There even exists an uncertainty as to the derivation of the name of the tribe itself. The present object of the author is to advance certain probable, or at least possible etymologies either suggested, or in some measure sanctioned, by individuals among the Oklahoma Cherokees who possess a command of the Cherokee language.
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Kilpatrick, Jack Frederick
"An Etymological Note on the Tribal Name of the Cherokees and Certain Place and Proper Names Derived from Cherokee,"
Journal of the Graduate Research Center: Vol. 30:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholar.smu.edu/journal_grc/vol30/iss1/7