Names often reflect the values, culture, and world view of a culture. This is true for the Wabanaki people. Their dependence on water for their everyday survival as well as their connection and reverence for the land is reflected in the names by which they labeled and identified their surroundings.

The official names that the Wabanaki people bestowed on an area or a landform often describe the nature of the land, water, resource, or referred to legends associated with that particular place.