Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 18 Posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16755 times:
I am intruiged as to where some of the names of US cities originated from. For example, i know New York originated from York in England.
Boston originated from Boston, Lincolnshire in England.
New Jersey from Jersey in UK
New Hampshire from Hampshire, England
New England is obvious.
I know San Francisco,Los Angeles,San Diego etc etc are all latin names derived from Hispanics and central/south america. But where do the likes of Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Dallas and Atlanta originate from.
Any other city/states who origins also explained would be helpful.
"The name "Chicago" derived from the Indians but it is not known which tribe named the town and many theories have been advanced to explain the origin of the name. One generally accepted is that the name comes from the Indian words for either wild onion or skunk, but some historians believe that the word Chicago denoted "strong" or "great." Dr. William Barry, first secretary of the Chicago Historical Society, wrote, "Whatever may have been the etymological meaning of the word Chicago in its practical use, it probably denoted strong or great. The Indians applied this term to the Mississippi River, to thunder, or to the voice of the great Manitou." M. M. Quaife in his book Checagou asserts that the significance of the name was anything great or powerful."
"Although a number of sources indicate otherwise, there is now strong evidence that the origin of "Arizona" comes from the Basque word meaning "The good oak tree" *
The other possible origins for Arizona's name include: Pima Indian word - arizonac: 'little spring'
also Aztec-Indian word - arizuma: 'silver-bearing'. Please note: Although these two possible origins are more widely accepted, the article described below provides some impressive evidence to support the Basque connection theory for the origin of "Arizona"."
N312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2684 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16715 times:
"Detroit" means "the strait" in French. Detroit was named by its first settlers.. French, of course. Alot of things around here carry french names.. Streets like Cadeaux, Charlevoix, Montclair, Livernois etc.. dot the city..
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac was the first to discover the Detroit.. He's also who the car is named after.
My city (Novi) according to the Detroit Almanac originated from "No.VI" or "Number Six".. NoVI was the sixth stop on the Detroit-Lansing Railroad line.
"...and the city of Phoenix, Arizona (US): located in a semiarid, saucer-shaped valley that is surrounded by mountains and green irrigated fields. The Salt River valley was occupied as early as 1300 AD by prehistoric Indians, now known as the Hohokam culture, who developed a system of irrigation canals before disappearing in the early 15th century. In 1867 Jack Swilling visited the area and, noticing the remnants of the ancient canals, organized an irrigation company; new canals were built, and a village was founded. An associate of Swilling, Darrel Duppa, was likewise impressed by evidences of the prehistoric culture, and predicted that, like the legendary phoenix which had been consumed by fire but arose from its own ashes, so would the Salt River city be born from the ancient Indian ruins. The settlement was thus named Phoenix and was incorporated in 1881. Phoenix became the seat of the territorial government in 1889 and remained the capital when Arizona attained statehood in 1912."
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16645 times:
A few city etymologies that I know of:
Minneapolis is a combination of the Ojibwe (also known as the Sioux) word "Minne," which means water, with the Greek suffix "polis," which means city. Thus, city of water. It was originally called St. Anthony, named by Father Louis Hennepin, a French Canadian explorer and missionary. (BTW, the name Minnesota means "Land of sky blue waters.")
Houston was named after Sam Houston.
Seattle was a Native American chief, as I recall.
Many California cities got their names from Spanish missionaries.
San Francisco = Saint Francis
San Diego = Saint James
Los Angeles = the Angels
>>Before New York became New York, it was called New Amsterdam, but then the Dutch traded New Amsterdam for a part of British Guyana, now called Suriname<<
The Dutch didn't trade New Amsterdam for anything. The British invaded and took over New Amsterdam. Ahead of the attack, the Dutch built a wall, and that is where the present-day Wall Street derives its name.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1311 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 16637 times:
A few more....
Austin--After Stephen F Austin, founder of a colony in Texas
Baton Rouge--French for "Red Stick"
Memphis--named after an ancient Egyptian city
Los Angeles--"The City of Angels"
Columbia, Columbus, etc.--after Christopher Columbus
Jackson, Lincoln, Washington--presidents
El Paso--"The Pass" in Spanish, shortened from El Paso de Norte--the pass of the North
Mls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3078 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 16615 times:
Des Moines, Iowa
Another name with an uncertain origin. From the City of Des Moines website: .....Captain Allen proposed to name the garrison Fort Raccoon but was directed by the War Department to use the name Fort Des Moines. The origin of the name is uncertain, but most historians agree that the name probably initially referred to the [Des Moines] river. Some people feel that 'Des Moines' is derived from the Indian word 'moingona' meaning river of the mounds which referred to the burial mounds that were located near the banks of the river. Others are of the opinion that name applies to the Trappiest Monks (Moines de la Trappe) who lived in huts at the mouth of the Des Moines river. French voyagers referred to the river as La Riviere des Moines. The consensus seems to be that Des Moines is a variation of Moingona, Moingonan, Moingoun, Mohingona, or Moningounas, as shown on early maps.
Some more interesting ones:
There is a small town in Iowa called Elkader named after Abd-el-Kader, an Algerian-Islamic revolutionary. from: http://www.themodernreligion.com/ht/elkader.html: The legendary hero of Algeria's resistance against France, Abd-el-Kader led a jihad against the Western power in the 1830s. He managed to unite the various Arab and Berber clans in a devastating war until 1847. Several months before El-Kader's surrender to Louis Napoleon's France, the Iowa town founders chose the world newspaper darling of the moment as their municipality's namesake.
Memphis, Tennessee (named after the one in Egypt)
I wonder how many other American municipalities have Arab-origin names?
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16568 times:
Revolutionary War hero Gen. 'Mad' Anthony Wayne was appointed to secure the frontiers in the Ohio Valley from Indian raids and encroachment by the European powers of England, France and Spain. In 1794 he established a fort near the intersection of the St. Mary's, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers in NE Indiana. Of course it was know as Fort Wayne.
: From the books I have read, there is no definite source for how Dallas got its name. Quoting from Page 353 of "The Roadside History of Texas": "John N
: One time, I was in Spain, and I was driving through the country with some friends. I think it was in Andalusia, we drove near to a very small town cal
: The name Dallas comes from the Scottish Gaelic dàil] nf. g. dàlach; pl. dàlaichean, a meeting, convention There are lots of them elsewhere in Scotl
: Seattle was one of the chiefs of the area when white man arrived. Tacoma was the native word for Mt Reiner. Pendleton, Oregon (PDT) gets it's name fro
: Perhaps "New Orleans" come from the French city Orléans, as it seems that there used to be a lots of French people in Louisiana a long time ago...
: No "perhaps" about it.. that's precisely where the name came from. Louisiana was once part of "New France." Saint Louis was named after Louis XIV, I b
: My town, Charlottesville... probably named after some English Queen or Princess. Don't know which one though.
: I see there is a place called "Frankfurt" in Kentucky, did Germans settle there or what? thanks
: Oklahoma in Native American stands for Redman’s land, or something like that. Therefore Oklahoma City must stand for Redman’s Land City. G
: Aaahhh, the power of copying and pasting. The name "Chicago" derived from the Indians but it is not known which tribe named the town and many theories
: Trickijedi, Actually, I copied and pasted that exact same paragraph above (see post #2).