American Indian Moccasin. The term Moccasin originates from the Algonquian language Powhatan word makasin (cognate to Massachusett mohkisson/mokussin, Ojibwa makizin, Mi'kmaq m'kusun); photo by Arjay on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).
What does "Massachusetts" mean?
The name Massachusetts comes from the language of the Algonquian Indians of the Massachusetts Bay area; translated roughly as "at or about the great hill." Possible interpretations of the exact origin of the word Massachusetts:
Messatossec: Great hills mouth.
Mess or mass: Great.
Atsco, as chu, or wad chu: Hill.
Sec, sac or saco: Mouth.
Massawachusett: Great mountain place.
Wachusett: Mountain place.
Moswetuset: Indian arrowhead (descriptive of the Great Blue Hill region, south of Boston).