What's in a Name?

Many of Collier County's place names are rooted in the past or still retain their original Seminole names.

Chokoloskee:
A Seminole word meaning "old house."
Caxambas:
One of the oldest place names on the Gulf coast, it first appeared on a 1771 chart of Florida as Caxymbas Espanolas. Derived from the Arawak Indian word casimba or cacimba, meaning a hole dug along the shore to find drinking water.
Carnestown:
Named for Barron Collier's wife, Juliet Gordon Carnes. The couple married in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 26, 1907.
Copeland:
Named for David Graham Copeland, chief organizer and engineer on the Tamiami Trail and Barron Collier's resident general manager for 23 years.
Everglades:
First used on a map of the area dated 1832. Derived from an old English word glaed, meaning an open, green grassy place in the forest. Seminole Indians called the Everglades the Pahayokee, meaning grassy water.
Green River Swamp:
Located south of Corkscrew Marsh, it's named for the pile of empty Green River Whiskey bottles deposited there by hunters at a nearby camp.
Immokalee:
The name was first suggested by Bishop William Crane Gray, an early Episcopal missionary, and is taken from a Seminole word meaning "my home" or "his home."
Marco Island:
The first post office here was known as Malco because postal authorities mistakenly thought there already was a place named Marco in Florida.
Miles City:
Named in the 1920s for Miles Collier, the youngest of Barron G. Collier's three sons.
Ochopee:
To the Miccosukee and Seminole, the name means "big field" or "farm."
Naples:
The inspiration for the name "Naples" is thought to have originated with a Fort Myers land broker and surveyor in the late 1880s. Like most Florida promoters of the day, he popularized the future town site with exotic newspaper ads describing the region as "surpassing the bay of Naples in grandeur of view and health-giving properties."