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Type Settlement
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. TAM-pah  [key]

Meaning & History

After the city of Tampa in the state of Florida. Tampa is from a Calusa word, the Calusa being the Native American tribe that once lived in the area. The exact word in unknown; it may have meant "sticks of fire", possibly referring to lightning, or "the place to gather sticks". Another theory is that Tampa came from a mishearing by European settlers of the word itimpi, meaning "near it".
Added 4/15/2007 by Tampa Sue Fobert
Edited 5/28/2015 by Frollein Gladys, blaaarg, LMS and more