It seems that "Sequim" doesn't mean "quiet waters," like they've been telling us all this time.
Instead, Timothy Montler said Sequim translates in the Native language to "place for going to shoot" — a reference to the Sequim-Dungeness Valley's once great waterfowl and elk hunting.
"Basically, it means hunting ground," said Montler, an expert in the study of dying languages who since 1992 has been studying the Klallam language and has interviewed tribal elders with the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe.
"It has to do with the abundance of elk and waterfowl in the area."
Apparently, the old translation was just "something that somebody made up."