Meaning & History
From the Iroquoian name Haio-went-ha meaning "he who combs". This was the name of a Mohawk or Onondaga leader who founded the Iroquois Confederacy, possibly in the 15th century. He was later the subject of a fictionalized 1855 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Statue of Hiawatha carrying Minnehaha, inspired by the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem