Meaning: “He who walks over much”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: SAHM-oh-set
Origin: Algonquian
Other forms of the name: N/A

Happy Thanksgiving!

A wonderful name perfect for a baby born on or near Thanksgiving. Samoset was the name of a sagamore of the Wompanoag tribe, he was the first Native American to make contact with the Pilgrims on March 16th, 1621. Samoset walked right into the Pilgrims camp all by himself, shocking them. He greeted them in broken English which he had learned from some fishermen and told them he was visiting Chief Massaosit; they gave him a coat (as he was totally naked except for a strap of leather around his waist and the wind had began to pick up) and some strong water, a biscuit, cheese, pudding, butter, and a piece of mallard.

He was described as being tall and thin with long black hair; he carried a bow and two arrows, one with a head and the other without. Samoset told them that a few years before a plague wiped out all the people that lived in the area, so it was free for the pilgrims to use. He spent the night in Stephen Hopkin’s house and left in the morning, later he returned with some other Indians, including Squanto.