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Appalachian origin
connection between Appalachian and appellation
2014/06/02
6:22pm
veryterri
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I am wondering if there is a connection between the name of the mountain range ‘Appalachian’ with the French word ‘appellation’.  I’ve seen references to the early Spanish as well as to native tribes.  But I haven’t found any connection between the French word ‘appellation’.  If you’re in the North, the pronunciation is similar; whereas, in the South, there is a hard ‘ch’ sound.  Does anyone out there know of a connection?  Thank you!  

2014/06/03
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I found the following:

Appalachian – in reference to the North American mountain range, c.1600, Mountaynes Apalatsi; written apalachen by Spanish explorers and originally in reference only to the southern end of the range. Originally the name of the Apalachee, a Muskogean people of northwestern Florida, perhaps from Apalachee abalahci “other side of the river” or Hitchiti (Muskogean) apalwah?i “dwelling on one side.” Spelling shifted under influence of adjectives in -ian.

2014/06/04
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Hi- Thank you.  I found that information as well, but nothing regarding a connection to appellation…  Thanks for the info though!

2014/06/04
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I found that information as well, but nothing regarding a connection to appellation…

Perhaps because there is no connection?

2014/06/04
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(o:  I suppose that’s a possibility, but I don’t want to give up so soon.

2014/06/05
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veryterri said
… references to the early Spanish as well as to native tribes.  But I haven’t found any connection between the French word… 

Your ‘But’ seems to say that if there are Spanish and Indian connections, then why not some French  too.  That strikes me as a very open-minded  view,  to say the very least .   But actually France made incursions into the area even before Spain, so why not!

2014/06/06
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Exactly, Robert!  I had forgotten about the early French settlers.  I think we have a new theory!    (o: