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Origin of Karegnondi name

April 7, 2014

Excerpt from MACDC Pipeline magazine article
By Theresa Lark and Jeff Hammer

Karegnondi Map Cartography

Karegnondi Map Cartography

WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The native Huron-Petun (later known as Wyandot)
people referred to Lake Huron as Karegnondi,
translated as “big lake.” Cartographer Nicolas
Sanson’s 1656 map of the territory bears that name
for the “fresh water sea” encountered by French
explorers. Karegnondi bridges the centuries to
honor that early heritage.

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2 Comments
  1. The early name for Lake Huron Karegnondi likely comes from the Wyandotte language. Though Karegnondi is said to meaning Lake, the Wyandotte word Yoontaury actually means lake and is the source word for the place name Ontario [1]. Karegnondi likely means “where the mouth of the river opens or pours out”, which is “askarent-iondi” in Wyandotte. On maps of the mid-1600’s, Fluvius Kariendiondi was the name for the Saginaw River, and the Saginaw Bay was called Tekariendiondi. The Algonquin word Sauk and hence Saginaw also means where the river pours out. So, Karegnondi and Sauk have the same meaning. the first word is Wyandotte and the second is from the Sauk language both meaning “river outlet”.
    1. ^ The Historical Writings of the Late Orsamus H. Marshall Relating to the Early History of the West

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