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Old 09-14-2011, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by lovinlocks View Post
I can't get past Thonotosassa. It seems no one knows how it is properly pronounced.
That one came to mind for me as well.
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:20 PM
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Chokoloskee has a colorful history..

Chokoloskee, Florida - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:16 PM
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Don't forget about Two Egg, Florida (up near Jacksonville) and one of my favorites down south, Yeehaw Junction (formerly known as Jackass Crossing until the 1950s). As mentioned earlier, lots of the "cootchies", "hootchies" and "sassas" are derived from Indian words. Here's a site that covers some Florida name trivia: Name Origins of Florida Places @ Florida OCHP
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:08 PM
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Default Re: Etymology of the name Mary Esther, Florida

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Hi y'all! I have a question for you born-and-raised natives..

can anyone tell me about the etymology of the names of various FL small towns? It seems like the small towns have a lot of odd names like Sopchoppy and Sneads, or are women's names like Mary Esther, Anna Maria, etc. Or the exotic names like Shalimar, Malabar.. etc. Does anyone know about why these towns were named such peculiar things? could you direct me to an etymology source or tell me a few yourself.. not limited to the towns I mentioned? Thanks! I love weird small town names!! LOL. I think I will visit Sneads and then write a poem about it, hehe. The Edward Lear-esque possibilities of that name are endless. "There once was a village called Sneads/In the wind-ruffled water and reeds.." LOL
Dear dreamingmark: I can help you a bit with Mary Esther: John Newton, a Prebyterian minister and renowned educator, is credited with naming the Post Office/Town of Mary Esther after his two daughters Mary and Esther (6 and 8 at the time). Reportedly, Reverand Newton was an excellent educator and had established the Newton School in the area of what was to be the Town of Mary Esther. Apparently the school had a great reputation, and people moved to the area to enroll their children (or themselves) in the Newton School; William James Wells reported in his book "Pioneering in the Panhandle", that the original area post office was located in Florosa, Florida and was moved a few miles East to what is now Mary Esther, where Reverand Newton named it after his daughters as described.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:19 PM
Location: Houston, TX
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A town that I lived in for many, many years in Eastern Hillsborough County named "Lithia" I'm led to believe through many years of living there was named after it's #1 resource, Lithium Sulfate. The area is home to many sulfur mines.

I've also lived near Immokalee, named by the Seminole Indians (after the land was occupied by the Calusa Tribe) which meant "My Home."
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:46 PM
Location: Alabama
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I grew up in Volusia County. None of the towns in Volusia County have particularly unusual names, but the etymology of the word "Volusia" is interesting. The county took its name from the small landing on the St. John's River called "Volusia", but where the name of the landing came from is unclear. Some say it is a corruption of the name of a Frenchman named "Veluche" who owned some land in what is now the western part of the county. Some say it means "Land of the Euchee" who were an Indian tribe that lived in the area.

My hometown of Ormond Beach was named for John Ormond, a British sea captain who explored the area. His grave is actually part of a park in the city.

Daytona Beach, the county's most well-known city, was named for Mathias Day, an Ohioan who is the recognized founder of the city.

Deltona, the county's most populous city, was founded as a bedroom community for Orlando commuters, and was named as a union of "DeLand", the county seat, and "Daytona".

Most of the state's unusual-sounding names are just Indian words.

Interestingly, Volusia county has two cities named for the famous Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon; Ponce Inlet and DeLeon Springs.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:41 PM
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My favorite by far is Howie-in-the-Hills, just outside of Orlando
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:16 PM
Location: Orlando
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Gotta love Spuds!

Spuds is an unincorporated community in St. Johns County, Florida, United States. The name is appropriate, as it lies in a region that depends economically on potato growing and other agriculture. As well as potatoes, the land around Spuds provides gladioli.

Steinhatchee, Florida-The name Steinhatchee was derived from the Native American "esteen hatchee" meaning river (hatchee) of man (esteen).[
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