posted on Jun, 22 2011 @ 06:47 PM
reply to post by TheWalkingFox
Thanks for taking note of my post WalkingFox. Your reply was very informative. I did not know those facts. Here are the names I believe that have a
connection to Nahuatl.
Tualatin = Tuality = Lazy river
Tillamook = Land of many waters
Umatilla = Rippling water
The city of Tualatin and the Tualatin River derive their names from the old Native American word "Tuality," meaning lazy river.
Its name was eventually changed to Tillamook, an Indian word meaning “land of many waters.”
The word tillamook is said to mean 'land of many waters.'
Umatilla is an Indian term meaning "rippling water" or "water rippling over sand" and has provided the name both for the county and its major
The "tla" sound definitely is associated with the term for fresh water with some local tribes up in the Pacific Northwest. I think it is important to
note that the Aztec rain deity is called Tlaloc, who also has the word for fresh water in his name.
If indeed the Nahuatl language came from the Great Basin of the United States I find it odd that the Mesoamerican population, who also speak Nahuatl,
was far greater than those in the north. I wonder if the original native families in the north limited the number of children they had. The climate
isn't that bad in Oregon and Washington, the region should have been able to sustain many peoples with the abundance of wild animals in the area.
Maybe conservation had something to do with it.
edit on 22-6-2011 by lostinspace because: wording