Birth of Bigfoot Times-Standard. Do you know how the name "Bigfoot" came into being? Here's the history of the first application of the appellation to the hairy apelike creature also known as Sasquatch. And you'll find some history (maybe) of Bigfoot's southern cousin in A Chilling Remembrance: Swampee the Skunk Ape. Is Eddie Ayers telling the truth about an encounter in North Carolina?