Tonganoxie derives its name from a member of the Delaware tribe that once occupied land in what is now Leavenworth County and western Wyandotte County.
While the Delaware later relocated to Oklahoma, some Delaware remained here. European immigrants and US migrants designated Tonganoxie, a remaining Delaware member, the local honorary chief and revered him by naming the town after him. Magdalena Bury operated a saloon at that time, and many locals wanted to call the town, "Buryville," in her honor, but Mrs. Bury insisted that they name the town after Chief Tonganoxie.
*Recognized by most as Chief Tonganoxie; although no known photo of him exists.