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Aboriginal words and their meanings alpha index

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Kalamunda
The word is derived from two Noongar words: kala meaning 'home' and munda meaning 'forest' - therefore, 'A home in the forest'.
Kaleen
The name means ‘water’ in the language of the Wiradhuri Aboriginal tribe of the Central West of New South Wales
Kalgoorlie
Derived from the Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning 'place of the silky pears'.
Kambah
The name derives from Ngambri, the name of the clan that originally lived in the area before European occupation.
Karrabin
From the Bundjalung Aboriginal language meaning 'red gum.'
Karratha
In the local Aboriginal language means 'good country' or 'soft earth'.
Karuah
It is thought that the name means 'native plum tree'.
Kirrawee
An Aboriginal word meaning 'lengthy'.
Koo Wee Rup
It is from the language of the Bunurong Aboriginal people and believed to mean 'plenty of blackfish' or 'blackfish swimming'.
Koorda
From a list of words obtained from a Noongar Aboriginal, the meaning being given as a 'married person'.
Kowanyama
Kowanyama means 'The place of many waters.'
Kununurra
In the Miriwoong language means "Big Waters" or "Big River'.
Kyancutta
Thought to be derived from the Aboriginal 'kanjakatari'; kanja - 'stone' and katari - 'surface water', inferring water in rocks, or from a nearby hill 'Kutta kutta' - the local Aboriginal name for the 'night hawk'.
Kyogle
An Aboriginal Australian word meaning 'plains turkey's (bustard) egg', a reference to the Scrub Turkey which is indigenous to the region.
Kurri Kurri
Comes from the local Awabakal language where it has a meaning similar to 'the beginning' or 'the first'.
Larrakeyah
Named after the indigenous language group that have occupied the area since before European settlement, the Larrakia.
Manangatang
From an Aboriginal term - manang meaning 'land' and kaaiti meaning 'water'.
Mandurah
The Noongar (or Bibbulmun) people, of the southwest of Western Australia, named the area Mandjar 'meeting place'.
Maningrida
The name Maningrida is an Anglicised version of the Kunibídji name Manayingkarírra, which comes from the phrase Mane djang karirra, meaning 'the place where the Dreaming changed shape'.
Manjimup
From the Noongar Aboriginal words 'Manjin' - a broad-leafed edible reed, and up - 'meeting place.
Maroochydore
From the Aboriginal indigenous Yuggera language word Muru-kutchi, meaning 'red-bill': the name of the black swan, commonly seen in the area.
Mareeba
In the language of the Muluridji people, Mareeba means 'meeting of the waters'.
Millmerran
Believed to be derived from two words - meel meaning 'eye' and merran meaning 'to look out'.
Minnamurra
Means 'plenty of fish' in the local Aboriginal dialect.
Mooloolaba
From the Aboriginal word mulu, meaning 'snapper fish', or mulla meaning 'Red-bellied Black Snake'.
Moruya
From an Indigenous Australian word, mherroyah, meaning 'home of the black swan'.
Kembla
An Aboriginal word meaning 'plenty of game'.
Mudgee
From the Wiradjuri term Moothi meaning 'Nest in the Hills' or mou-gee meaning 'contented'.
Mulgoa
From the Mulgoa people - who spoke the Dharug language - believed to mean 'black swan'.
Mullaloo
Named after an Aboriginal word, believed to mean 'place of the rat kangaroo'.
Mundubbera
Means either 'Footsteps in the trees' or 'Meeting Place of the waters' in the local Aboriginal language.
Murwillumbah
The name Derives from an Aboriginal (Bundjalung people) word meaning 'camping place' – from Murrie, meaning 'aboriginal people', Wolli, 'a camp' and Bab, 'the place of'.
Nambucca
From a Gumbaynggirr word, ngambugka; meaning 'winding or crooked river', or 'entrance to the waters'.
Nana Glen
Derived from the 'Two-Tailed Lizard' - Nana is an aboriginal name meaning 'Two'.
Nannup
Of Noongar Aboriginal origin, meaning either 'stopping place' or 'place of parrots'.
Narrogin
The meaning of the name is uncertain and could be 'bat camp', 'plenty of everything' or "place of water'.
Nerrigundah
The place name is derived from an aboriginal word for 'camp where edible berries grow'.
Nowra
Pronounced Nowa Nowa by the Aborigines - is an Aboriginal word for 'black cockatoo'.
Ongerup
Means 'Place of the male kangaroo' in the local Noongar language.
Ourimbah
From the Aboriginal word "Oorin" meaning "Belt of manhood" in which a stone axe was carried on hunting expeditions, and "Oorinbah" which is the bora ring or ceremonial ground in which the initiation ceremony of conferring the 'belt of manhood' was carried out.
Panania
Is an Aboriginal word meaning 'sun rising in the east and shining on the hills'.
Parramatta
The Darug people called the area Baramada or Burramatta which means 'head of waters', 'the place where the eels lie down', or 'eel waters'
Patchewollock
The name originated from two Aboriginal words: putje, 'plenty', and wallah, 'porcupine grass'.
Perenjori
it is believed the name may be derived from the 'Peranj-jiddee bush'.
Tanilba
Said to mean "place of white flowers" in a local Indigenous language, presumably a reference to the flannel flowers in the area.[
Tanunda

The town derives its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'water hole'.

Thirroul
The name is supposedly Aboriginal for 'Valley of Cabbage Tree Palms'.
Tolga
Means 'red mud'. The town was originally called Martintown, and grew out of a Cobb and Co staging post at Rocky Creek.
Toogoolawah
Derived from the Aboriginal words "dhoo" (a generic term for tree) and "goo/lawa", meaning "crescent shaped" or "bent like a crescent moon".
Toongabbie

Derived from an Aboriginal word, reported as meaning 'place by the water' or 'the meeting of the waters'.

Towradgi
Towradgi is a corruption of the aboriginal word Kow-radgi meaning 'guardian of the sacred stones'.
Tuggeranong
The name is derived from an Aboriginal - Ngunnawal - expression meaning "cold plains".
Turramurra
An Aboriginal word meaning 'high hill' or 'big hill' - The aboriginal reference of high hill covered the range from Pymble to Turramurra.
Uralla
From the language of the local Aniwan tribe. Uralla described a 'meeting place', or more especially 'a ceremonial meeting place and look-out on a hill".
Uraidla
The name may derive from the Kaurna words yurre 'ear' and the suffix denotaing 'location', -illa,
Wagaman
Named after the Wagiman Aboriginal tribe from present-day Pine Creek, in the Katherine Region of the Northern Territory.
Warragul

The town is named after an Aboriginal word meaning 'wild dog'.

Warrawong
Two meanings are given for this aboriginal word - "a whiting' and the 'side of a hill'.
Wee Waa
This Aboriginal name means 'Fire for Roasting' from the language of the Kamilaroi people.
Werribee
Is an aboriginal name meaning "backbone" or "spine".
Wilcannia
Is said to be derived from an Aboriginal term for either 'gap in the bank where floodwaters escape' or 'wild dog'.
Windang
An aboriginal word meaning 'scene of a fight'.
Wollongong
Believed to mean 'seas of the South' in the local Aboriginal language, referring to NSW's Southern Coast.
Woolgoolga
It is believed that the name of the town derives from the word Weelgoolga, which was used by the local Aborigines to describe the area, and the 'lilly-pilly trees that grew there.'
Woollahra
An Aboriginal word meaning 'camp' or 'meeting ground' or 'a sitting down place'.
Woolloomooloo
Could be derived from either Wallamullah, meaning 'place of plenty' or Wallabahmullah, meaning 'a young black kangaroo'.
Wombarra
Is an Aboriginal term meaning 'Black Duck'.
Woonona
Derived from an Aboriginal - Tharawal people - word meaning 'Place of young wallabies'.
Wonthaggi
From the Woiwurrung - Eastern Kulin which means 'to drag, carry or pull with the wind'.
Woy Woy
Taken from the local Darkinjung Aboriginal people, means 'big lagoon' or 'much water'.
Wujal Wujal
Set around the highly sacred waterfalls of Wujal Wujal the name means 'many falls' in the local language.
Wyong
An indigenous word meaning either 'an edible yam' or 'place of running water'.
Yalgoo
Derived from the word Yalguru and.said to mean '"blood' or 'place of blood',
Yamba
An Aboriginal word yumbah meaning a 'rough edible shellfish the size of a man's hand that clings to rocks and is similar to an oyster'.
Yanco
A Wiradjuri aboriginal language word meaning 'the sound of running water'.
Yanderra
From an Aboriginal word for 'turpentine tree'.
Yarralumla
From the indigenous Ngunnawal people's term for the area - It is also spelt Yarrowlumla.
Yatala
From the Kaurna people which means 'water running by the side of a river',
Yerrinbool
An Aboriginal word for the 'Wood Duck'.
Yowie
An Aboriginal name meaning 'place of echoes'.
Yulara
The name is derived from local Aboriginal words for ' howling' and 'dingos'.
 

 

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