What's in a name?
Origins of Tangipahoa Parish Place Names Series
In 1969, the Official Souvenir Program of the Tangipahoa Parish Centennial included a Place Names Study written by John Valsin Coumes which discussed the origins of nearly every named place in the parish. I thought that articles revisiting those discussions would be a good series to start this column.
A Big Mystery Perhaps the most debated name origin in the parish is that of Amite. It is also one of the most mysterious. Despite appearing nearly unchanged on maps for three hundred years, the meaning has remained elusive and has led to much speculation over the years. However, based on old maps, I can state with confidence that the pronunciation used by locals, “A-mit”, is how the word should be pronounced despite the “e” on the end.
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