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3/26/2015, 9:25 AM Frollein Gladys
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1/25/2013, 10:52 AM GibsonGirl

Name Itasca
Type Body of Water
Usage English
Edit Status Statusnot set

Meaning & History

Lake Itasca in north central Minnesota.
While folk etymology likes to claim that Itasca is a "Native American" name, this is not quite true.
The Ojibwe name for this lake was Omashkoozo-zaaga'igan (Elk Lake); however, in the early 1800s, geographer, geologist, and ethnologist Henry Schoolcraft changed it to Itasca, "coined from a combination of the Latin words veritas ("truth") and caput ("head"), though it is sometimes misinterpreted as "true head." It is one of several examples of pseudo-Indian place names created by Schoolcraft."
Added 1/25/2013 by GibsonGirl