Des Moines


Des Moines
Des Moines city in Iowa, U.S., named for Fr. Rivière des Moines, the river that flows past it, which traditionally is derived from Fr. des moines "of the monks," in reference to missionaries, but this probably is a fur trappers' folk-etymologizing of a name of the native people who lived there. The place appears in a 1673 text as Moinguena, and historians believe this represents Miami-Illinois mooyiinkweena, literally "shitface," from mooy "excrement" + iinkwee "face;" a name given by the PEORIA (Cf. Peoria) Indians (whose name has itself become a sort of insult) to their western neighbors. It is not unusual for Indian peoples to have hostile or derogatory names for others, but this seems an extreme case.

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  • Des Moines —   [dɪ mɔɪn], Hauptstadt des Bundesstaates Iowa, USA, 194 500 Einwohner; katholischer Bischofssitz; Handelsplatz im Maisanbaugebiet am Des Moines River; eines der größten Versicherungszentren der USA, vielseitige Industrie (besonders Autoreifen,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Des Moines, IA — U.S. city in Iowa Population (2000): 198682 Housing Units (2000): 85067 Land area (2000): 75.796433 sq. miles (196.311853 sq. km) Water area (2000): 1.451177 sq. miles (3.758532 sq. km) Total area (2000): 77.247610 sq. miles (200.070385 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Des Moines, NM — U.S. village in New Mexico Population (2000): 177 Housing Units (2000): 93 Land area (2000): 1.091381 sq. miles (2.826664 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.091381 sq. miles (2.826664 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Des Moines, WA — U.S. city in Washington Population (2000): 29267 Housing Units (2000): 11777 Land area (2000): 6.339602 sq. miles (16.419492 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.339602 sq. miles (16.419492 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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