What’s in a name? Wyoming has quite a few towns with some interesting names. Here is a list of some of those towns and the meaning behind their names.
Meeteetse is one of the oldest settlements in Buffalo Bill's Cody/Yellowstone Country. It's an indian phrase that means "meeting place."
Arapahoe is in Fremont County and the name comes from the Pawnee word meaning "trader."
Wapiti is located in Shoshone National Forest. The location is named after the Cree Indian word for elk. The name is of Native American Indian origin and means "white." It refers to the pale rump and tail of the American elk.
Thermopiles means "hot city" and of course it is located in Hot Springs County. It is home to many natural hot springs.
5. Teton Village
Teton means "teat" in French. This area is also thought to be named after the Teton Sioux tribe.
6. Spotted Horse
Spotted Horse is in the Campbell County and Gillette metro area. The community was named after an Indian Chief.
Shoshoni is a word meaning "high growing grasses." The Shoshoni tribes were called "Grass House People" because their homes were made out of tall grass. Shoshoni is a town in Fremont County and is named after a Native American tribe.
Osage was named after the Midwestern Native American Siouan speaking tribe. Osage is an ancient name meaning "mid-waters." Osage is located in Weston County.
Cheyenne is the capital city of Wyoming and is located in Laramie County. The city was named for the Cheyenne Indians and is a term meaning "people of different speech" or "red talkers."
Crowheart is located in Fremont County. The name of the town stemmed from a battle between the Chiefs of the Shoshone tribe and the Crow tribe. The chief of the Crow tribe lost the battle and his heart was cut out and placed on the end of a lance.