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Where Michigan’s History Lives

Huron: History of a Name

The word Huron has had many associations within the area of Michigan. This appellation is French in origin. It was a name attributed by the French to the settlement of Native Americans at the mouth of the river near where the French settled Detroit. Huron therefore came to be associated with the Native American settlement, the river Huron, and even Lake Huron. Native Americans themselves referred to the Huron River as Giwitatigweiasibi.

Other uses of Huron can be found in the book Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities, by Walter Romig (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 1986).