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What is the meaning of the name "Niagara"?

Question #56094. Asked by tjoebigham.
Last updated Sep 12 2021.

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It may be from the Native Indian word nee-agg-arah which means 'thundering water'

Mar 21 2005, 3:28 PM
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'The word "Onguiaahra" appears on documents as early as 1641, and a little later "Ongiara" . Both are Indian words thought as meaning "The Straight". A more romantic meanings " Thunder of Waters " is also given . The usual distortion of unwritten word have transformed it to "Niagara".'


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Mar 21 2005, 3:31 PM
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Modern pronunciation seems to be nye-agra, while and older pronunciation was nye-ag-air-a. I've lived near them all my life and just realized there was an extra "a" in there.

Mar 21 2005, 5:03 PM
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