The name sciotha as far as I can tell was mis-spelled by Daniel Boone who visted the scioto river in Ohio. Scioto was a shawnee word which is roughly translated "deer hair". Actual translation is lost in time. The river Scioto was apparently named such because there were many deer and when they shed hair it floated down the river in large amounts. My grandmother also had the siotha. Many people having native backgrounds use this name in it's different forms. Especially tribe in the south such as Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw.