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Q: My grandmother was named Hutoqua.
Supposedly she was named after an Indian lady but we don't
know her tribe. I wrote to an Oklahoma college about what
this name means, but I received a response that unless
you know what tribe it is from, you cannot figure out
what it means as all the different tribes have different
translations. Do you have any information about this
A: I'm afraid deciphering the
original meaning of proper names isn't really our
specialty. They've always been corrupted so much by
English, it's hard to even recognize them.
The -qua at the end of your grandmother's
name suggests to me that her name came from an
since -kwe, -skwa, and -skw are
common endings of women's names in those languages
(they are female marker suffixes). But I just don't
know what the "huto" part might have been originally.
Could have been something like hotho (yellow, in
Shawnee.) But at this point it's nothing but guessing.
It could have been any of a hundred other things, or
it could have been a shortening of a longer name.
Sorry not to be more help. Have a good day!
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