TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What Does Yosemite Mean?

Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful attractions in the U.S.

What does “Yosemite” mean?


Yohhe’meti (Southern Miwok) or Yos.s.e’meti (Central Miwok) originally referred to the Indian tribe that lived in Yosemite Valley. Yosemite means literally “those who kill” (Yos, “to kill,” the modifier e, “one who,” and the plural suffix -meti). It was used by the surrounding Miwok tribes, who feared them.
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