An alternative spelling, "buyou", has also been used, as in "Pine Buyou", used in a description by Congress in 1833 of
The term Bayou Country is most closely associated with
Creole cultural groups derived from French settlers and stretching along the Gulf Coast from Houston, Texas to Mobile, Alabama and picking back up in South Florida around the Everglades with its center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Houston has the nickname "Bayou City". As of 2016[update] "bye-you" is the most common pronunciation, while a few use "bye-oh", although that pronunciation is declining.