The village was originally a Russian Post called Alexandrovsk. It was later called "Odinochka," meaning "a person living in solitude." The name English Bay was changed to Nanwalek by local consensus in 1991. Many of the current residents are of mixed Russian and Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) lineage. Villagers speak Sugtestun, a dialect of Eskimo similar to Yup'ik.
To Community Histories Index Alaska DCCED Community Database Online
History and map graphic used with permission from the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development