Term: Kenosha [origin of place name]
Definition: In Chippewa, "Kinoje," a pike or pickerel.
"On the 6th of June 1835, the exploring party reached Pike Creek. This name was know to the Indian traders and early adventurers on Lake Michigan. The town was first called Pike, after the post office which was established at the creek, in 1836. In 1837, a meeting of the inhabitants of the place was called, and the name of Southport was adopted, the place being the southermost part of the lake in Wis. In 1850 the name was changed to Kenosha, the Indian name for pike.
Kenosha: Baraga gives it as Kinoje= "pickerel or pike" - doubtless they were pentiful in the waters there.
[Source: P. 332-333 of History of Racine and Kenosha counties.
A. Skinner in Milwaukee Public Museum, Bull v. 6. p. 399]