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Ozaukee County

Origin of Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

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Ozaukee is the Chippewa form of the tribal name of the Sauk. The word is commonly asserted to mean "people living at the mouth of a river." Others interpret it as signifying "people of yellow earth."In Chippewa, this means Osagig, Sacs, an Indian tribe. Ozaukee county and Sauk county, both corrupt of ozagig, meaning "people living at a river mouth"o-aug-egg, meaning "mouth of the river people."

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[Source: Legler, Wisconsin Place Names, p. 32.Gannett, Place Names, p. 200Card file at the WHS library reference desk]