The lake that is the headwaters of the Mississippi.
I always assumed that it was a native name.
Wrong. Very wrong.
Believe it or not is comes from a Latin phrase:
Veritas caput.Let me show you that again:
ver-ITAS CA-put.Yep. It's a fake name.
Here's the entry from Wikipedia:
The Ojibwe name for "Lake Itasca" was Omashkoozo-zaaga'igan (Elk Lake); this was changed by Henry Schoolcraft to "Itasca", coined from a combination of the Latin words veritas ("truth") and caput ("head") though it is sometimes misinterpreted as "true head." It is one of several examples of pseudo-Indian place names created by Schoolcraft.I am crushed.