Long Island, New York has a number of places that were named after the Native American designations for these areas or other words that are less familiar to the average person. If you're a newcomer to the island, it might at first seem difficult to pronounce some of these tongue-twisting names. Here's a quick guide to some of the hard-to-pronounce places in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Take a look and you'll sound like a long-time resident in no time!
You might also be interested in reading Long Island Basics to find out more interesting facts about Nassau and Suffolk.
Amagansett - Say "am-uh-GAN-set."
Aquebogue - Say "ACK-wuh-BOG." The name is said to come from the Algonquian word for "head of the bay."
Asharoken - Say "ASH-uh-RO-ken."
Bohemia - Say "bo-HE-mee-uh." This hamlet in the Town of Islip in Suffolk County was named for its original founders, immigrants from a village in Bohemia, now in the area currently known as the Czech Republic.
Commack - Say "KO-mack."
Copiague - Say "CO-payg." The name supposedly comes from an Algonquian word for harbor or a place of shelter.
Cutchogue - Say "CUTCH-og."
Hauppauge - Say "HAH-pog." Native Americans called the area near the headwaters of the Nissequogue (NISS-uh-quog) River by this name. In the Algonquian language, it means "overflowed land."
Hewlett - Say "YOU-let." Named for the Hewlett family. (They were once the owners of Rock Hall, now a museum in Lawrence.)
Islandia - Say "eye-LAND-ee-uh."
Islip - Say "EYE-slip."
Long Island - We say "lawn-GUY-land!"
Massapequa - Say "mass-uh-PEAK-wuh." It was named for a Native American designation for the area.
Matinecock - Say "mat-IN-uh-cock."
Mattituck - Say "MAT-it-uck."
Mineola - Say "mini-OH-luh." This village in Nassau county was first named after an Algonquin chief, Miniolagamika, and the word means "pleasant village." It was later changed to "Mineola."
Moriches - Say "mor-ITCH-iz."
Nesconset - Say "ness-CON-set." Named for the sachem (a Native American chief) Nasseconset.
Patchogue - Say "PATCH-og."
Peconic - Say "peh-CON-ick."
Quogue - Say "KWOG."
Ronkonkoma - Say "ron-CON-kuh-muh."
Sagaponack - Say "sag-uh-PON-ick."
Setauket - Say "set-AW-ket."
Speonk - Say "SPEE-onk."
Shinnecock - Say "SHIN-uh-cock."
Shoreham - Say "SHORE-um."
Syosset - Say "sigh-OSS-ett."
Wantagh - Say "WON-taw."
Wyandanch - Say "WHY-an-danch." The name comes from the sachem (a Native American chief) Wyandanch. His name is said to derive from the Native American word that means "a wise speaker."
Yaphank - Say "YAP-hank."