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The Name Shada

Q: My father named me Shada (pronounced sha - day) and told me it originated from Native American Indian language? Is this true? What does Shada mean in Indian?

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A: Yes, it comes from Ojibway. The word is spelled Zhede in Ojibway (pronounced shay-day.) It means "pelican." It became popular in English because Longfellow used it in his poem about Hiawatha and spelled it "Shada" in that poem.

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 American Indian baby names
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 Hiawatha words

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