Issa-what? What’s a city dweller called, anyhow?

July 2, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

Washingtonian is simple enough, although the name requires Evergreen State residents and D.C. dwellers to claim joint custody.

However, pinning a name on Issaquah residents is not so easy, in part because the moniker is so unusual. Moreover, state and municipal records do not contain any official demonym — or name for a resident from a particular place — for citizens, other than the self-explanatory nods to Issaquah residents.

Issaquahite? The name could pass for a reference to the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel. Issaquahian? The name sounds more suitable for a “Star Trek” alien species than a suburbanite.

The most common name used for residents is, in fact, Issaquahn.

The designation is indeed rooted in history.

Issaquahn, sometimes spelled Issaquahan, started to appear in newspaper accounts as early as 1927 and continued to crop up again during the 20th century, although the name faded as decades marched on.

Perhaps the time is nigh for a revival.

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