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From a Wampanoag name for the island (or perhaps just for Gay Head, as 1841 cite).


Nope (uncountable)

  1. (archaic) Martha's Vineyard.
    • 1841, John Warner Barber, Historical Collections, Dorr, p. 146,
      The principal island, Martha's Vineyard...Its usual Indian name was Capawock, though sometimes called Nope. (It is believed that Nope was more properly the name of Gay Head.) The greatest part of the island is low and level land.
    • 1848, By S. G. (Samuel Gardner) Drake, Biography and History of the Indians of North America, from Its First Discovery, B. B. Mussey, p. 118
      Miohqsoo, or Myoxeo, was another noted Indian of Nope. He was a convert of Hiacoomes, whom he had sent for to inquire of him about his God.
    • 1853, Sarah Sprague Jacobs, Nonantum and Natick, Massachusetts Sabbath School Society, p. 189,
      R. Gookin calls it Nope; other writers call it Capawack. It is the island known to us as Martha's Vineyard...As Mr Eliot's first convert, Waban, was, through life, a sober, upright man, so Hiacoomes, the first Christian Indian of Nope, always preserved an unspotted reputation.
    • 1891, Wilberforce Eames, James Constantine Pilling, Bibliography of the Algonquian Languages, Government Print Office, →ISBN, p. 350,
      A catechism in the dialect of the Indians of Nope or Martha's Vineyard.
    • 1895, Boston Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Transactions, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, p. 187,
      Their story, as written by Daniel Gookin in 1674, is worth repeating: At the island of Nope, or Martha's Vineyard, about the year 1649, one of the first ...