Origin of the Name "Miami Indians"
The Quest for Fort Wayne, 1994
The origin of the name "Miami" is uncertain. Some suggested that it came from the Ojibwa word "Oumamik" which means "people of the peninsula," from which the French derived the name Miami. The British referred to them as the Twightwees which was derived from an Indian word meaning "naked ones.' Others suggested the latter symbol derived from "
twah- twah" mimicking the call of the Miami symbol, the Sandhill crane.
Other names that were used
for the Miami were the "Linnewas," or "Minnewas,' which means men, and later by the various names of "Omees," "Aumees" and "Omamees"