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  1. Ottumwa(noun)

    a town in southeast Iowa


  1. Ottumwa

    Ottumwa is a city in and the county seat of Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,023 at the 2010 census. It is located in the southeastern part of Iowa, and the city is split into northern and southern halves by the Des Moines River.

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  1. ottumwa

    Using Asian language it is obviously a shallow noisy river moving very fast—-similar Pottawatomie (PaOttoWaToomie). River that is noisey and crystal clear. Many places with this Famous name because it was where it was water safe to build a village!!!

    Submitted by don1209 on June 11, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ottumwa in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ottumwa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • Willo Smith
    It's possible that Indians were non linguistic and tried to speak when they heard English men speaking ..someone said "town"and the Indian said..ottumwa...the ts are where it was town....maybe..but we don't know...records are obscure...withheld...sometimes missing...and statistics might be incorrect..too...a lot can happen..impossible things can happen.....but to language..even ottumwa is a valid word.so...it is Indian though ...but...ignorance can't glean the purpose of ottumwa in the state by the name...much less figure out what the name means.... 
    LikeReplyReport1 year ago
  • Danny Smithana
    Ottumwa describes a shallow fast-moving river that makes a noise as the water ripples -/the important thing is that noise. Also part of Pottawatomie (Pa-Ottawa-Toomei.
    LikeReplyReport2 years ago
    • Leah Nicole Yoder
      Interesting. I was trying to research the meaning of Ottumwa. Found what might be a close sounding word Ehtamwa which is the Sauk word for "hear" so if going by ottumwa-noc it would be considered "place you can hear" which might loosely indicate the noise of the river. I know that might be a stretch but I saw your comment and was wondering how you derived an importance on noise? Am I close? Lol. 
      LikeReplyReport1 year ago


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