The original Aboriginal inhabitants of the Wagga Wagga region were the Wiradjuri people and the term "Wagga" and derivatives of that word in the Wiradjuri aboriginal language are thought to mean crow. To create the plural, the Wiradjuri repeat a word, thus 'Wagga Wagga' translates to 'the place of many crows'. Other translations have also attributed the word 'wagga' to meaning 'reeling (like a sick man or a dizzy man); to dance, slide or grind'.
pronounced wogga wogga
- “Geographical Names Register Extract”, in (Please provide the title of the work), Geographical Names Board of NSW, accessed 2007-04-25