Weehawken is generally considered to have evolved from the Algonquian language Lenape, likely from the Unami dialect spoken by the Hackensack and Tappan. It has variously been interpreted as rocks that look like rows of trees, which would refer to the Palisades, atop of which most of the town sits or at the end of the cliffs or the stream that flowed from them.
The interpretation place of gulls may have been inspired by the the Dutch word Meeuwken (SeaMew), which was the name of the ship upon which the Director of New Netherland, Peter Minuit, arrived in May 1626.
Spellings in Dutch and English have included: Awiehawken, Wiehacken, Weehauk, Weehawk, Weehock, Wiceaken, Wiehachan and Wyhaken.
Weehawken is part of the New York metropolitan area. Situated on the western shore of the Hudson River, along the southern end of the New Jersey Palisades, and across from Midtown Manhattan, Weehawken is the location of the western terminus of the Lincoln Tunnel.