101 Names

Compiled by C. A. Buser

Without a doubt one of the reasons no really good history of the Wyandot Indians has ever been written is the astonishing and baffling array of names given to this influential tribe of Native Americans. Many of the names listed are but variations in spelling but researchers must be prepared to sort them out and to understand the significance of each as it relates to a particular period in history or to a geographical location in Canada or in the United States. Even this list does not include every name but it covers almost all that one is likely to find in the course of preparing a standard seminar paper.

1. Ahouandate

2. Ahwándate

3. Atti8endaronk

4. Bons Irocois

5. Chanundidie

6. Charioquois

7. Chenondadey

8. Chenundady

9. Cheundadey

10. Delamattenos

11. Delamattonos

12. Dellamattanoes

13. Dellamattenos

14. Delmattenos

15. Dionnondady

16. Dionondadie

17. Ekeenteeronnon

18. Etionnontarehronnons

19. Etionnontout

20. Euyrons

21. Garennajenhaga

22. Guyandot

23. Guyandotte

24. Gyandotte

25. Hah8endagerha

26. Harones

27. Hatindia8ointen

28. Hiroons

29. Houndates

30. Hounondates

31. Hourons

32. Hurones

33. Hurons

34. Hurons de la nation du petun

35. Hurronnes

36. lonontady Hagas

37. Janondides

38. Junundat

39. Khionontatehronons

40. Lamatan

41. Little Mingoes

42. Mechon

43. Nadowa

44. Necariages

45. Ochastequin

46. Ochatagin

47. Ochataiguin

48. Ochatequin

49. Ouaouackecinatouek

50. Ouendat

51. Owandat

52. Owendaets

53. Owendats

54. Owendots

55. Pemedeniek

56. Pétun

57. Pétuneaux

58. Quatoges

59. Quatoghees

60. Ouatoghies

61. Quatoghies of Loretto

62. Quieuenontatironons

63. Sastaghretsy

64. Sastharhetsi

65. Talamatan

66. Talamatun

67. Telamateno

68. Telematinos

69. Thăstchetci

70. Tionnontateheronnes

71. Tionnontati

72. Tionondadey

73. Tionondati

74. Tobacco

75. Tobacs

76. Tsyenundady

77. Tynondady

78. Viandots

79. Wanats

80. Wandats

81. Wandots

82. Wantats

83. Wayandotts

84. Wayondots

85. Wayondotts

86. Wayundatts

87. Weandots

88. Wendat

89. Weyandotts

90. Weyondotts

91. Wiandotts

92. Wiandots

93. Wiyandotts

94. Wyandot

95. Wyandote

96. Wyandott

97. Wyandotte

98. Wyondats

99. Wyondotts

100. Yendat

101. 8endat (perhaps the most widely accepted version in the old days)

The early French missionaries and traders had particular difficulty with the initial sound. The nearest they could agree on was the beginning of the French number eight (8), i.e., “huit”, hence “8endat”.

Many of the names are closely related at first glance. Many others are related upon closer inspection. For example, Tionnontati, Dionondadie, Chenundady, Junundat and lonontady are all versions of the same name.

Wyandotte is the spelling used by the tribe in Oklahoma. That spelling reflects some of the French influence. In Ohio, the spelling was usually Wyandot. In Michigan, both spellings were used.

Canadian descendants of almost the same racial stock accepted “Huron” and Hurons at Lorette, near Quebec City, still go by that name.

The Wyandots in the United States are believed to be descended from the Tionontati people rather than from the Huron people ministered to by Jean de Brebeuf and others.

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