Glossary and Definitions ...
- GNIS Codes
- The function of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is to establish uniform names for geographic features (eg- communities, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, etc). The BGN was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. BGN–accepted names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each feature in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive.
Chicken has been given the GNIS Feature ID of '1400245'. Click here to see the GNIS Record for Chicken.
- A portmanteau is the forming of a linguistic combination or contraction by taking two (or more) words, their sound and the meaning of those words to create a new word. For example, guess and estimate becomes guesstimate. An explanation of Chicken can be found under Toponymy (see below).
- The definition of toponymy includes the study of place names (in this case, the community of Chicken). Toponymy includes the origin of the name and any meanings or stories that might be behind the name. While we generally limit ourselves to just the origin of a community's name, we appreciate any additional information.
The toponymy of Chicken:
As the story goes - when the time came to name the town for the new post office, Ptarmigan was suggested. The Rock Ptarmigan is a bird that is common in the area and is a medium-sized bird of the grouse family that is also known as the Snow Chicken. When nobody was certain about the spelling of Ptarmigan, Chicken was chosen.