The Honniasont (Oniasont, Oniassontke, Honniasontkeronon) were a little-known indigenous people of North America originally from eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.[1] They appear to have inhabited the upper Ohio River valley, above Louisville, Kentucky (Hanna 1911:119 [2]).


Honniasont may have been considered an Iroquoian language (Swanton 1953: 55-57[3]). However, Charles Hanna believed their name, first appearing as Oniasont on 17th-century French maps, to be a variation of the name of the tribe recorded in West Virginia and western Virginia at the same time period, as Nahyssan and Monahassanough, i.e. the Tutelo, a Siouan language speaking people.[4]


  1. ^ Hodge, Frederick Webb, Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology, 1910, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Hanna, Charles Augustus, 'The wilderness trail: or, The ventures and adventures of the Pennsylvania traders on the Allegheny path' , G. P. Putnam's sons, 1911
  3. ^ Swanton, John R., 'The Indian Tribes of North America' , Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 145—1953.
  4. ^ Charles Hanna, The Wilderness Trail pp. 117-119.

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