The roots of the name Seminole are from late in the 18th century with the Muskogean word that meant wild, untamed or runaway. It is thought that the core of the Seminole nation decided to leave their Creek tribe or were banished.
In Florida, the Creeks had earlier intermingled with the Choctaw, especially in the panhandle, the Seminole infuluence grew to include more than 10,000 Seminole peoples. Also hundreds of escaped African slaves settled near Seminole towns. Creek was the foremost language for communication.