others? And why do states like Iowa and Nebraska seem determined to corner
the market on naming towns after European cities? ;-)
Athens, GA (Univesity of Georgia)
Athens, OH (Ohio University)
Athens, WV (Concord College)
Oxford, MS (Univesity of Mississippi)
Cambridge, MA (Harvard State and MIT)
BTW, in the historical illiteracy department, the old Athens, WV HS was
the Athens Trojans.
Here are a few more for you...
Cairo, GA (pronounced KAY-row)
Steve Williams, KC4AZO :)
Blogmaster, "The Georgia Road Geek"
> And why do states like Iowa and Nebraska seem determined to
> corner the market on naming towns after European cities? ;-)
Many cities are named after foreign ones. There are so many in New York,
as an example, that you would probably list 1/2 the cities in the state.
As a start, here are some of the more obvious ones:
You forgot Ithaca, unless that was mentioned before...
The only one I can think of at hand is Madrid, MS.
>others? And why do states like Iowa and Nebraska seem determined to corner
>the market on naming towns after European cities? ;-)
Kentucky is full of them -- London, Paris, Athens, Versailles, Rome, and I'm
sure I could go on and on.
Same for West Virginia - Athens, Vienna, etc.
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There are oodles of them here in Wisconsin. They were likely named that by
immigrants wanting a touchstone of the 'old' country. They include:
Cambridge (hometown of Matt Kenseth)
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Others, like-named, but origin unknown or not directly attributable to
Almost every town, county, and city in the Northeast is named after a
foreign town or city, or county.
Massachusetts, for example:
Basically, all except Dukes, Nantucket, and Franklin
Most likely because either 1) Europeans settled there directly, or 2)
people from the East, whose towns were largely settled by people who
moved from Europe directly, relocated there, bringing names from home
The so-called "Classical Revival" of the early 19th Century likely gave
rise to a large number of towns being called Athens, Sparta, Troy, etc.
Brunswick, GA, is English for Braunsweig, the German hometown of
Britain's King George II (Georgia's namesake).
Steve Williams, KC4AZO :)
Blogmaster, "The Georgia Road Geek"
Here's a few more:
New Prague, MN
New Berne, MN
Good one! I remember seeing signs for that growing up in Minnetonka. If I
remember correctly, there were mileage signs for it out west on Highway 7.
I thought it sounded so strange as I took the "video" portion literally.
Do they pronounce it the Spanish way (MON-tay-vee-DAY-oh) or the, um,
Minnesotaized way (MON-tuh-VID-ee-oh)?
My guess would be the latter. ;-) It's the way I always pronounced it in
my head when I saw the signs as a kid.
We have one here named Blockbustervideo.
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Indeed, since in many cases they were specifically named for the "old"
ones, particularly New York (for the Duke of York).
New Orleans as well.
Kent (well, OK, actually a county)
Vancouver doesn't really count as it predates Vancouver, BC by about 30
Shoreline, Washington USA
5 Jul 2006, 1835 PDT
Peru PEEROO (named for the country), Versailles, Bedford, North
Manchester, Frankfort, Hanover (both Anglicized) maybe Vincennes.
Madrid, Carlsbad, Cuba (named for the country of course)
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Kill nothing but vandals...
Probably because they pick European cities you've heard of. In the
Northeast, many towns are named after settler's homes across the ocean,
which could be any old small hamlet.
Otherwise: Copenhagen, Lisbon, Madrid, Cairo, Paris, Rome, Athens,
Syracuse, Rotterdam, Berlin are all places in NY.
> Many cities are named after foreign ones. There are so many in New York,
> as an example, that you would probably list 1/2 the cities in the state.
> As a start, here are some of the more obvious ones:
Neither of these are named for cities. Rochester is named for Nathaniel
Rochester, and Albany is named for the same English guy that New York is
Brooklyn is modified Dutch for "broken land".
Nassau is named for a person, or more generally a house of nobility.
> In article <Xns97F7605EF7F...@184.108.40.206>,
> James Robinson <was...@212.com> wrote:
>> Many cities are named after foreign ones. There are so many in New
>> York, as an example, that you would probably list 1/2 the cities in
>> the state. As a start, here are some of the more obvious ones:
> Neither of these are named for cities. Rochester is named for
> Nathaniel Rochester, and Albany is named for the same English guy that
> New York is named for.
Yes, the Duke of Albany. However, he got that name from the ancient name
for Scotland, so I included it as a name copied from a place in the old
I'll grant you the origin of Rochester. There is a Rochester in York,
England, and a number of US Rochesters are named after it. I just
guessed the same would hold for the one in New York.
> Brooklyn is modified Dutch for "broken land".
According to www.brooklyn.com, "Brooklyn is the anglicized form of
"Breuckelen", and is most probably named after the municipality of
Breukelen, in Utrecht province, in the Netherlands."
> Nassau is named for a person, or more generally a house of nobility.
As with Albany, the house of nobility was named for a German state.
I also just remembered:
I'd say close to half of the place names in Vermont have their origins
in place names on the other side of the Atlantic (Athens, Montpelier,
Westminster, etc.), though many are named for early settlers
(Chittenden, Bennington, Brattleboro, etc.). In looking into this, I
discovered that the naming of Jamaica VT has no relation to the island
of the same name, but is derived from a native (Natick) word for beaver.
Peru VT was named for the South American country, however. Peru was
originally named Bromley, which residents in the early 1800s associated
with a poverty stricken place. Peru was chosen as the new name as it
was associated with wealth at the time.
W Brattleboro VT
The town of Rochester in England that I visited in 2003 is in Kent, a
short commuter-train ride from London. I wonder if Colonel Rochester may
have had ancestors or relatives from there; a number of surnames are
derived from place names and vice versa.
Mike McManus, Renton, WA
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What foreign city is named "Zero?"
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