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Numana was named after a Paiute Chief who was also know as Captain Dave.
- GNIS (historical)
- "History: named for Numana, a Northern Paiute chief, who was also known as Captain Dave and Numuna (NV-T302)"
- "Description: in Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation, station on Southern Pacific RR between Dodge and Heslip"
- Citation: "U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Geographic Names Post Phase I Board/Staff Revisions. 01-Jan-2000. Board decisions referenced after Phase I data compilation or staff researched non-controversial names."