The English Russian River
In the 19th century, Russian settlers along the coast north of San Francisco turned the Indian name of the chief river along the coast, Shabaiki, into Slavianka, "little Slav woman," & then into Slavyanskaya, "Slavic" -- which Americans turned into...the Russian River.
- Names on the land
a historical account of place-naming in the United States
Last updated by Ginger L. on March 21, 2011
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