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Aptos was originally a "rancheria" (Spanish term for an Indian settlement), and is now an unincorporated village, of indefinite area, centered around the present-day junction of Soquel Drive and Trout Gulch Road. "Aptos" is said to be an Indian name meaning "meeting of the two streams or waters," i.e., the Valencia and Aptos Creeks.
- Santa Cruz County Place Names
Santa Cruz County Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary. Clark, Donald Thomas. Santa Cruz, CA, Santa Cruz Historical Society, 1986.
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