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Tallahassee: What’s in a Name?


If you live in Tallahassee, there’s probably been a considerable number of times you’ve had to spell – and even pronounce – Tallahassee for those who aren’t from here. So, where did the name come from?

When the Creek (later Seminole) Indians came to Tallahassee, they found an area cleared and abandoned by previous settlements. It is believed the name Tallahassee is derived from a Muskogean Indian word often translated as “old fields” or “old town.”

Today, Tallahassee is anything but abandoned, brimming with politics, state government, higher education, collegiate sports, natural beauty, arts, culture and much more. Better yet, it’s home.

Jennifer Fennell, CoreMessage

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