What does your town name mean?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Queso, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Saw a similar thread on another forum somewhere out **waves in direction of Internet** there and thought it would be a good idea to do here since we could all learn something new :)

    What are the origins of the name of the place where you live? Post the name of the town and where the name comes from. If you live in a big city narrow it down to the area where you live, otherwise we'll end up with 50 explanations of San Francisco, which won't be as much fun.

    I'll start. I live in Fitzrovia, a part of London. It's named after Charles Fitzroy (Lord Southampton), who bought the land the area now stands on in the late 18th century and commissioned Robert Adam to build a residential square that bore his name. The area around Fitzroy Square then became known as Fitzrovia over time.

    How about where you live?
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004

    Hmmmm, let's see what could that mean.?..;)
  3. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    You could go into why it's called "New". Where was "Old"?
  4. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    Woodstock Georgia.
    Obviously named for a bunch of hippies.

    (actually I have no idea)
  5. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Here you go:

    The name Newport comes from the fact that Caerleon was the 'old port' on the river Usk, but as ships became bigger, they could no longer navigate the river to Caerleon so a new port/dock was built near to where the Riverfront Arts Centre stands today.

    The Welsh name for the city, Casnewydd-ar-Wysg (IPA: [kasˈnɛʊɪð ar ˈwɪsk]) means 'New castle-on-Usk' (this is a shortened version of Castell Newydd ar Wysg). This refers to the twelfth-century castle ruins near the city centre. The original Newport Castle was a small Motte-and-bailey castle in the park opposite St. Woolos Cathedral. It was buried in rubble excavated from the railway tunnels that were dug under Stow Hill in the 1840s and no part of it is currently visible.

    Newport also has the Latin name Novus Burgus, meaning new borough or new town. It is sometimes labelled Newport-on-Usk on old maps.
  6. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    To target in on me, from big to small-

    Manchester- hill that looks like a breast., not my words, the words of Wikipedia.

    Saddleworth- *shrugs*

    Springhead- lots of natural springs around (Waterhead too).

    The name of our land apparently means a place that animals were kept before slaughter in some old language. Which is terribly lovely.
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Or a small yellow bird
  8. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    my hometown is Winder, Georgia. (where my high school was)

    my hometown address is Hoschton, Georgia

    and i go to college in Atlanta, Georgia

    don't really know what they mean off the top of my head

    edit: Atlanta is named after "Atlantic" according to Wiki
  9. aricher macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2004
    The name Chicago itself is derived from the Potawatomi word “She ga goy nak”, meaning “place of the skunk” or “place of the onions”. One might translate Chicago simply as “Skunk Town”.

  10. ezzie macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    Williamsport, MD

    Williamsport - (from Wikipedia) "The community was named after Revolutionary War Gen. Otho Holland Williams."

    BTW, if anyone decides to read the Wiki article, i'm *not* one of the households below the poverty line. ;)
  11. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040


    Sep 13, 2003
    Its not so much where you are as when you are.
    Supposedly my town was a popular stop for travelers and they would often stop and request a sweet wine from the Inn keepers daughter. Hence the name Port Matilda.

    The other etymology involved a scheme to build a canal through the region and the town would be a stop. This goes with the names of some other towns, Portage, Lockhaven, Jersey Shore, Williamsport.

    As for water, we have a creek which you paddle around in with a kayak, when the water is high.
  12. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    A manboob?
  13. fistful macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    My home town of Simcoe, Ontario (not to be confused with Simcoe County) is named after the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada John Graves Simcoe who also founded York (now Toronto).
  14. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
  15. johnee macrumors 6502a


    at least you don't live in Regina (ewwwww)

    actually, I think an active member does live there, his sig was something like "Regina, the city that rhymes with fun" :D
  16. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    Glendale (AZ) - from Wikipedia: Named after Glendale, Isle of Skye, Scotland, it's two words, glen (a narrow secluded valley in the mountains) and dale (an open river valley).

    San Diego (CA) (birthplace) - from Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy: "In German it means a whales vagina. Scholars maintain the translation was lost hundreds of years ago."
  17. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    that was shard i believe
  18. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    Jesse Lee Reno was a Union general during the American Civil War, killed at the Battle of South Mountain. (or so says Wiki). Here's an image of the man. Now it's just a gambling town... sad, really.

    Attached Files:

  19. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    The origins of Hackney is either Haca's Isle or possibly Hook Island. As yet there is no consensus.
  20. 4nr- macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2006
    Göteborg, Sweden
    Göteborg literally means "Castle of Geats", Geats being some kind of Viking population (well not really, but shallow as I am, thats what I believe.
  21. paddy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2005
  22. Peterkro macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2004
    Communard de Londres
    Brixton= "(At) the stone of Beohtsige (brightsige)" I'm none the wiser but it's got something to do with a causeway.Dates from the 11th century at least.
  23. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Santa Barbara = Saint Barbara

    Now, as to who the heck Saint Barbara was and why my town is named after her, I have no idea.

    Edit: thanks Answers.com!

    City (pop., 2000: 92,325), southern California, U.S. Located on the Pacific coast, Santa Barbara was named for the patron saint of mariners in 1602, and it became the site of a Spanish military post in 1782. The mission of Santa Barbara was built in 1786; it is the western headquarters of the Franciscan Order and has been in continuous use since its founding. The city developed into a busy port and was incorporated as a city in 1850.
  24. echeck macrumors 68000


    Apr 20, 2004
    Boise, Idaho
    It really is the City of Trees. It's absolutely gorgeous in Autumn when you're up in the foothills looking down on the Valley and all you see are thousands of differents colors on the trees.

    And we STILL don't have an Apple Store! :mad:
  25. Queso thread starter macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Saint Barbara and the Franciscan Mission from which the town took its name :)

    So it wasn't named after some rubbish daytime soap opera after all...

    EDIT: Ah, I see you've been busy whilst I've been on Wiki :D

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