Bridge over Cuyahoga RIver during sunset

History’s John Grabowski discussed the pronunciation of Cuyahoga

OH Really? How to pronounce Cuyahoga

ideastream: John Grabowski, the Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History, discussed the pronunciation of Cuyahoga River, a river that’s drawn people to the region for centuries. “One person has traced it back to its Native American origins and claims that it’s ‘Cuya-HO-guh,’ not ‘Cuya-HOG-uh,’” he said. “Another story is that the folks on the West Side of Cleveland get into this West-Side-East-Side-divide. I would probably go with ‘Cuya-HO-guh’ because of that little inkling that it does reflect the Native American pronoun.”