In a recent email exchange with author, Dr. Allan Eckert, we discussed the name, Quekolis. The following is the information he gave me:
The Delaware (Lenni-Lenape) Indian whom the English colonists dubbed "Will" or, more accurately, "Captain Will", and after whom Will's Creek was named, had the original Indian name of Quekolis, which was most often spelled by the settlers phonetically as Kwekolis or Kweekolis. The literal translation of that name is Whippoorwill (the bird) which many early settlers misspelled as Whipperwill. Because it was a long and ungainly name, the settlers shortened it to its more familiar and easily vocalized final four letters -- Will. And because he was a village chief and had a small contingent of warriors under his command, the settlers also called him Chief Will or, more frequently, Captain Will. Later, as the Delaware language evolved into its present form, the original name of Quekolis became the present name for the whippoorwill -- Wekolis -- which is a little easier to pronounce (and visually more appealing) than Quekolis. The name Wekolis is correctly pronounced as Wee-KO-liss.
-- from Rebecca Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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