Jud’s Journal: Origin of “Yankee”

Jud’s Journal: Origin of “Yankee”


Okay, well, you know people have asked me sometimes where the word Yankee comes from.
We call it Yankee Magazine. Well, why Yankee? And I think that, well, it’s got a big, large
term. I don’t want to define it too strictly. In World War I and World War II,
a Yankee was an American. I mean, when we went across to France and Germany, even people
from Mississippi and Alabama were Yankees, but to most Americans I think a Yankee is
a New Englander and to a New Englander, maybe a Yankee is, I don’t know, a Vermonter, maybe.
To a Vermonter, what’s a Yankee? Well, some say it’s a man or woman who eats
apple pie for breakfast. And I once asked somebody, well, now you eat apple pie for
breakfast and your from Vermont, what’s a Yankee to you? And they said, well, you eat
it with a knife, the pie. But the origin of the word, I’ve seen scholarly things
about it. It’s supposed to come from the Algonquin Indian language, the word Awaunugus, A-W-A-U-N-U-G-U-S,
as in awaungus just go home, you’ve heard that. And others say that it probably comes
from Connecticut. The New Yorkers used to buy cheese from Connecticut. Dutch people,
there were Dutch in New York, you remember? And they called them John Cheese. They called
the people in Connecticut John Cheese. J-A-H-N, and then K-E-E-S. That was in Dutch, Jahnkees.
Yankee, that makes sense, right? par par Well, Joe Allen used to write a column for
us in Yankee Magazine for years and years, lived out in Martha’s Vineyard. He said that
it came from the Pilgrims. Now the Pilgrims versus the Puritans. Puritans landed in 1630,
founded the Massachusetts Bay colony. I’m talking Pilgrims, you know, the Mayflower.
Hopping out on the rock, stuff like that. Well, they apparently, according
to Joe, it’s not my theory. Joe says that they had a big do every Sunday and they’d
invite the Indians over and they’d have a nice meal. And they’d do some sporting events.
One of those sporting events was a tug-of-war. What they couldn’t figure out for a long time
was the Indians always won. Why did the Indians win every single tug-of-war? Same number of
people on each side. Then they discovered why. Just before the gun went off to start
the tug-of-war, the Indians started to tug, so they got that early thing. So they became
known as The Yankors. All right, are you with me on that? Of course, the Pilgrims were the
Yankees. I’m sorry, I didn’t make that up. That’s Joe Allen’s fault. But anyway,
that’s the origin of Yankee, maybe. There’s a lot of other theories.

9 thoughts on “Jud’s Journal: Origin of “Yankee”

  1. typical liberal professor, watch a three minute video of him yapping and i STILL dnt know where the term yankee comes from.

  2. It sounds Native American, so I would say that is is a Native American term for all European settlers. As for which tribe or nation, your guess is as good as mine.

  3. it means…yankee means "jerk off" and duddle means "fool"…yankee duddle means jerk off fool…and the said thing is we are proud off it….lol…its the truth that is what it mean.nothing else

  4. The Native Americans are descendants of Siberians who migrated from Siberia to Alaska and the rest of the Americas many thousands of years ago. 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺

  5. I would love to own those books in the background and would spend countless hours reading & enjoying them.

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