Delaware Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

Search Fold3 for your
Native American Records

Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

  • Assinapi (Chippewa: ŭsi′nāpä, ‘stone person’. W. J.). A people, mentioned in the Walam Olum (Brinton, Lenape, 190, 1885), with whom the Delawares fought during their migration toward the E.
  • Assunpink (at the stone stream) . A division of the Delawares formerly on Stony cr., on the Delaware, near Trenton. Probably from the Indian name of Stony cr. (J. M.)
  • Calcefar. A division of the New Jersey Delawares formerly living in the interior between Rancocas cr. and the present Trenton. In 1648 they were estimated at 150 men.
  • Hackensack (Ackkinkas-hacky, the stream that unites with another in low level ground. Heckewelder) .A former division of the Unami Delawares, occupying the territory designated by the Indians Ackkinkashacky, embracing the valleys of Hackensack and Passaic rs. in N. New Jersey. Their principal village was Gamoenapa, usually known as Communipaw. They took a prominent part in the events of 1643-44, but subsequently appear as mediators through their chief Oritany (Oratamy, Oratam, etc.), who enjoyed, to a ripe old age, the confidence of his people and the surrounding chieftaincies, as well as that of the whites. The lands of the tribe embraced Jersey City, Hoboken, a part of Staten island, Weehawken, Newark, Passaic, etc. Their number was estimated at 1,000 in 1643, of which 300 were warriors, probably an exaggeration (Ruttenber). (J. M. C. T. )
  • Haverstraw (Dutch: haverstroo, oat-straw ). The name applied by the Dutch to a small tribe or band (according to Ruttenber, a division) of the Unami Delawares, formerly living on the w. bank of the lower Hudson, in Rockland co, N. Y. The name they applied to them selves is lost, but it may have been Reweghnome or Rumachenanck.

MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. Web. 26 January 2015. - Last updated on Oct 4th, 2013


Contribute to the Conversation!

Our "rules" are simple. Keep the conversation on subject and mind your manners! If this is your first time posting, we do moderate comments before we let them appear... so give us a while to get to them. Once we get to know you here, we'll remove that requirement.

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Newsletter Signup

We currently provide two newsletters. Why not take both for a run?

Genealogy Update: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new, or significantly updated, collection or database on our website.

Circle of Nations: We send out this newsletter whenever we feature a new (or significantly updated) Native American collection or database on our website.

Once you've clicked on the Subscribe button above you'll receive an email from us requesting confirmation. You must confirm the email before you will be able to receive any newsletter.

Connect With Us!

Pin It on Pinterest


Share This

Share this post with your friends!