Have you ever found yourself questioning the pronunciation of a town or place? If you’re from Long Island, chances are these names seem completely normal to you, but to others, the pronunciation can be very challenging. This is because hundreds of years ago, much of Long Island was home to Native American tribes who gave names to many distinctive features on the island, such as rivers. For example, they named the Nissequogue River on the north shore of Suffolk County and the Shinnecock Bay near South Hampton.
Watch this short video to quickly learn how to pronounce some of Long Island’s more peculiar town and location names and their meanings.