From Carol Middleton
TAL-A-Ti-Gi-- Meaning "Border Town". The French
Census of 1760 spelled it KA-LA-LE-KIS, and stated
that it contained 130 warriors. "It was originally
settled from A-BIH-KA, and was no doubt the town in
which was fought the Battle of Talladega on November
9th, 1813. The town probably covered a district
which bordered on that of the Natchez, hence the
name "Border Town". ----from "Historic Tales of
Talladega", E. Grace Jemison (1959, self-published)
"The source of this name is Creek 'talwa'
[dot over the "a"], town, and 'atigi'
[another dot over the "a"], border --
'Border Town' -- a town indicating its
location on the boundary between the
lands of the Creek Indians and those of
"The final sylable "-wa" is regularly
lost in Creek compound words, as in 'fusachi'
[dot over a], bird stream, 'okchanalgi
[dot], salt clan, 'opilllako', big
swamp, 'pinhoti', turkey home, the first
elements being respectively 'fuswa'.
bird, okchanwa', salt, 'opilwa', swamp,
and 'pinwa', turkey. ---from "Indian
Place Names in Alabama", James B.
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