What is in a name?
Hueneme. The name remains confusing to newcomers to Ventura County. “Who-nee-me?” “Who-nay-may?” “Hu-en-e-my,” or “way-nay-me?” Hueneme is the Spanish spelling for the Chumash Indian name for the location, translating as “resting place,” and the present-day name has changed from Point Wynema to Hueneme to Port Hueneme. One constant for more recent generations of residents, however, has been the U.S. Navy and the naval base at the port. Envisioned as a temporary, wartime base for one of the Navy’s newest forces in the first months of 1942, Naval Base Ventura County instead remains an institution in the Naval Construction Force and the local community. (By the way, the most used pronunciation is “Why-nee-me.”)