The Meaning of the word Panamint


[ Follow Ups ] [ Death Valley Talk - Archive Set 3 ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by ceclle on August 24, 2002 at 16:44:16:

The word Panamint actualy refers to a division of the Shoshonean Indians, also called Koso, who once occupied the Panamint area.
It is apparently derived from Southern Paiute "pa" (water) plus
"niwintsi" (person) The term appears as Panamint in the report of the Nevada Boundary Commision in 1861 and was probably
applied by the Darwin French party in the preceding year.

This is taken from the definitive book on California place names which is written by Erwin G. Gudde. California Place Names
The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names.


Follow Ups:




[ Follow Ups ] [ Death Valley Talk - Archive Set 3 ] [ FAQ ]