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Thread #64354   Message #1053920
Posted By: Nancy King
14-Nov-03 - 08:56 PM
Thread Name: how do you pronounce Antietam?
Subject: RE: how do you pronounce Antietam?
On the off chance anybody's still interested in this, I found a book today titled "The Place Names of Maryland: Their Origins and Meaning," by Hamill Kenny. It says Antietam was named for Antietam Creek (not too surprising), and the entry for the creek says:

"A tributary of the Potomac River in Washington County. It had such strange spellings as ODIETA (1721), ANTIEATAM and even ANDIRTON (1730). The name is Indian and may contain the general Algonquin word '-EHTAN' for 'flow, current.' An 1868 authority gives the meaning as 'swift water'."

For what it's worth...

Nancy