What does the name Chicago mean? The meaning of the name Chicago is Onion Or Skunk. The origin of the name Chicago is Native American. This is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language.
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Name Notes: A city in Illinois founded in 1833. A Canadian French form of an Algonquian word--either sheka:ko:heki meaning "place of the wild onion" (Fox Tribe), or shika:konk meaning "at the skunk place" or "place of the bad smell" (Ojibwa Tribe).