The Utes call themselves “Nuche.” They say “Ute” is a white word.
Individual Nuche had only one name. The name was often connected to some feature of the person or an experience. Surnames were added by the United States government for census records.
Adoption, to the Nuche, meant “as if I gave birth to the child.” Sometimes a couple would give a newborn child to a couple who had no children. For example, Coroopits was a child of Ouray’s brother and Chipeta’s sister. They gave the baby to Ouray and Chipeta and she became their daughter.
Information from a speech by Roland McCook at Rocky Mountain National Park and reported by Juley Harvey of the Estes Park Trail-Gazette.