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My great-grandfather, Edmund Lovely, and grandfather, Eddie Lovely, were of a direct lineage to Major William Lewis Lovely. Many of my Cherokee relatives took a part of Major William Lewis Lovely's name to acknowledge who they are. Sad but true. I really would like more information about the list of Cherokee names Major Lovely was responsible for.  

There is an interpretation of the Christian names, translated into Cherokee language. I found the translation of my name, Betty Jean, is Kakawanga Cocheta (meaning Bitter Stranger). I am the descendant of Cherokee medicine women, who prescribe bitter teas as their treatment of illness—yellow root!

Betty (Lovely) Smith
Georgetown, GA