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How Did Buffalo Get It's Name?
Answer: As far as I am concerned, I think the origin of the name is quite simple. The name "Buffalo Creek" predates the establishment of the Village. All the published literature I have seen states that the Seneca Nation had a big meeting there in 1780. Maybe the name stuck...
Here is a quote of the usage:
"William Johnston had settled on Buffalo Creek, possibly in the Indian village at first, soon after 1780. Certainly this much may be accorded
Johnston: that he had been familiar with the vicinity of Buffalo for a longer period than had the several other "first settlers," up to the time of his death."
More Info at:


http://www.buffalonian.com/history/articles/<1800/whitebjoe.html


http://www.buffalonian.com/history/articles/%3C1800/phelps.html


There are other theories including one about the mispronunciation of the French, "Beau Fleuve" or Beautiful River. But I have never seen any evidence of this being really credible...


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Questions on the naming of Buffalo, New York:

Where did Buffalo get its name?

Was Buffalo named after Buffalo?

Why is Buffalo named Buffalo?

Were there Buffalo in Buffalo?

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