Best Answer

There is some dispute as to the origin and meaning of the name "Tampa".

It is believed to mean "sticks of fire" in the language of the Calusa, a Native American tribe that once lived in the area. Other historians claim the name refers to "the place to gather sticks". "Sticks of fire" may also relate to the high concentration of lightning strikes that Tampa Bay receives every year during the hot and wet summer months. Toponymist George R. Stewart writes that the name was the result of a miscommunication between the Spanish and the Indians, the Indian word being "itimpi", meaning simply "near it".

The name first appears in the memoir of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, who had spent 17 years as a Calusa captive. He refers to it as "Tanpa" and describes it as an "important Calusa town", while "Tanpa" may be the basis for the modern name, Tampa.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2010-08-30 17:44:58
This answer is:
User Avatar
Study guides

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: How did the City of Tampa get its name?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Related questions

Which is the correct place name Florida or Tampa?

Tampa is a City in the US State of Florida.

Which NFL team name is NOT a city nor a state?

New England Patriots Also, Carolina (not specific to North or South), Tampa Bay (Tampa is a city not Tampa Bay)

Is Tampa a city?

yes tampa is a city in florida

What 3 teams in the NFL do not have name of city or state?

New England Patriots Carolina Panthers (there is no "Carolina") Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Tampa Bay is a body of water; the city is called Tampa)

What areas are covered by CT-TV?

CTTV cable communication can be found in the City of Tampa and its full name is City of Tampa Television. It covers a wide range of programs and is only available in the Tampa local area.

What team in the NFL does not have name of city or state?

New England Patriots. Also the Carolina Panthers (there's a North Carolina and a South Carolina, but no "Carolina") and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (the city is Tampa, which sits by Tampa Bay).

Is Tampa fl and Tampa Bay fl the same places?

No, Tampa Bay is not a city ---- Tampa Bay is the waterway (or estuary) that surrounds the city of Tampa, as well as it surrounding suburb cities of St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Sarasota. So, for mathematical minded people: Tampa Bay = waterway that surrounds the city of Tampa and surrounding suburbs Tampa = actually city itself Think of it this way. San Francisco has a bay too, right? Right, and the actual city's name is San Francisco. So, San Francisco Bay + Tampa Bay = two cities that have bays that are named after themselves. :)

In what city do the Tampa Bay Rays play?

Actually they play in St. Petersburg, Florida. Ironically, their name is the Tampa Bay Rays

What is the differene between Tampa and Tampa Bay?

Tampa is the city in which Tampa Bay is located

When was Tampa City Hall created?

Tampa City Hall was created in 1915.

Where is the Port Tampa City Library in Tampa located?

The address of the Port Tampa City Library is: 4902 Commerce Street, Tampa, 33616 1852

What is the distance between Tampa FL and Tampa Bay Fl?

Tampa is the name of the primary municipality in Hillsborough County. Tampa Bay is the name of the body of water that separates the City of Tampa from Clearwater and St Petersburg FL. Tampa Bay is also a reference to the Tampa Bay Area which includes the afore mentioned cities and the surrounding suburbs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are located in Tampa, and the Tampa Bay Rays are in St Pete, but all share the name and common geography.

People also asked

Song analysis information of Viva La Vida such as is it consonance disonance the form and conjunct disjunct?

View results