This name derives from the Native American (Iroquoian, Cherokee) “Tanasi”. The meaning is still today quite uncertain. Some accounts suggest it is a Cherokee modification of an earlier Yuchi word. It has been said to mean "meeting place, winding river", or "river of the great bend". According to James Mooney, the name "cannot be analyzed" and its meaning is lost. Tanasi is a historic Overhill Cherokee village site in Monroe County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The village is best known as the source of the name for the state of Tennessee.