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From Chesepiook, from Algonquin chesepiooc.

It was widely believed for a long time that "Chesapeake" means something like "Great Shellfish Bay."[1] However, according to Blair Rudes, linguist at the University of North Carolina, the name might actually mean something like "Great Water," or it might have been simply the name of a village at the bay's mouth.[2]


Chesapeake (plural Chesapeakes)

  1. (historical) Any member of a Native American tribe that once inhabited the area now known as South Hampton Roads in Virginia, United States.
  2. Ellipsis of Chesapeake Bay.


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  1. A number of places in the United States:
    1. An extinct town in Warren County, Indiana.
    2. An unincorporated community in Lawrence County, Missouri.
    3. A village in Lawrence County, Ohio.
    4. An independent city in south-east Virginia.
    5. An unincorporated community in Northampton County, Virginia.
    6. A town in Kanawha County, West Virginia.


  1. ^ Charting the Chesapeake, 1590-1990 , Maryland Manual On-Line, 2007,
  2. ^ A Dead Indian Language Is Brought Back to Life,