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Old 12-05-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: NC
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Raleigh was named after Sir Walter Raleigh.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:50 AM
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Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Lexington was named by some pioneers who camped nearby just a few days after the Battle of Lexington Mass. They named their campsite in honor of the American victory
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Where I live, Salem, MA and nearby Boston like many New England cities and towns were borrowed names from towns in Old England.
Actually, "Salem" is, according to wikipedia, "a hellenized form of the Hebrew word shalom [peace]."

But it's true that many town names in New England come from towns in England. What's really interesting, though, is to discover the etymology of those English town names, which are often derived from Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, or Norse words with literal meanings.

For example, my home town (Bristol, NH) was named after Bristol, England because the town has sand deposits similar to the sand in Bristol formerly used to make pottery or china.

But Bristol, England was originally known as Brycgstow, which in Old English meant "the place at the bridge."

Boston, England is believed to be a truncation of St Botolph's town or St Botolph's stone.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn is named after Breukelen, Netherlands

NYC was first named New Amsterdam and was the largest city in New Netherlands. After the English conquered New Netherlands during the Second Anglo-Dutch war, New Amsterdam was renamed New York after King James II who was the Duke of York at the time, and Beverwijck was renamed into Albany, NY.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Named after Stephen F Austin, the man who led the first successful colonization of Texas under a land grant from Mexico. The town's original name however was Waterloo.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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Indiana + polis = Indianapolis

Evansville, IN was named after an army Colonel named Bob Evans.
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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Brooklyn is named after Breukelen, Netherlands

NYC was first named New Amsterdam and was the largest city in New Netherlands. After the English conquered New Netherlands during the Second Anglo-Dutch war, New Amsterdam was renamed New York after King James II who was the Duke of York at the time, and Beverwijck was renamed into Albany, NY.
I bet when the English renamed New Amsterdam as New York they thought, "Oh, but don't worry, it'll never be as famous or as large as York in England."
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Old 12-06-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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King Louis XIV of France I believe is how St. Louis got it's name when the French occupied it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: The City of Shoes and Booze
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King Louis XIV of France I believe is how St. Louis got it's name when the French occupied it.
Actually St. Louis is named after King Louis IX because he was the only French King to be canonized therefore why it's called Saint Louis instead of Louis. The King on the horse in front of the Art Museum is of King Louis IX too.

It's a common misconception that St. Louis was named after King Louis XIV because he is the most famous King of France, but he was never canonized by the Catholic Church so never became a saint like King Louis IX.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Named after mythological bird that dies and rises again from it's own ashes.

Built on top of the ruins of Native American(Hohokam) towns that thrived about 1000 AD.
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