men’s names with the noun root for corn

Names of Corn -nęh-

Corn was, of course, very important to the Wyandot in the past.  So it should not be surprising that the noun root for corn -nęh-, appears in clan names for people.  What surprises me is that the names I have discovered are all for males.

ahanęhutaha       He planted, stood up the corn. (male)

[ah-ha-nen-hoo-tah-hah]

a-                     factual

-ha-                  masculine singular agent – he

-nęh-                noun root – corn

-ut-                   verb root – stand

-aha                 inchoative root suffix + punctual aspect

 

Hanęhasa            He is small, little corn. (male Prairie Turtle clan)

[ha-nen-hah-sah]

ha-                   masculine singular agent – he

-nęh-                noun root – corn

-a-                    verb root – be a size

-sa                    stative aspect + diminutive aspect suffix

 

Tanęhušreh           water is not going to flow in his corn.  (male Snake clan)

[tah-nen-hoo-shreh]

t-                      negative

-(h)a-               masculine singular agent – his

-nęh-                noun root – corn

-u-                    verb root – be in water

-šr-                   dislocative root suffix

-eh                   purposive aspect

 

Tehanęnhuhšre      Where water is going to arrive at his corn. (male)

[teh-han-en-hooh-shreh]

te-                    cislocative – where

-ha-                  masculine singular agent – he

-nęnh-              noun root – corn

-u-                    verb root – be in water

-hšr-                 inchoative root suffix

-e                     purposive aspect

 

Tehǫnęhawehtih   He is not out of corn. (Deer clan male)

[teh-hon-nen-hah-weh-teeh]

te-                    negative

-hǫ-                  masculine singular agent – he

-nęh-                noun root – corn

-a-                    joiner vowel

-we-                 verb root – be together

-t-                     causative root suffix

-ih                    stative aspect

 

Yąnenhurak                  Intact or whole corn. (male)

[yan-nen-hoo-rak]

yą-                   feminine-zoic singular agent – it

-nęnh-              noun root – corn

-urak                verb root – be entire, intact + stative aspect

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