Tidbits: What’s in a name? A list of city- and other-related eponyms

31 U.S. Cities and Towns are named after the wealthy French financier of the American Revolution, Marquis de La Fayette.

11 U.S. Cities are named after Catholic saints.

The state capitals named after U.S. presidents are: Lincoln, NE, Jackson, MS, Madison, WI, and Jefferson City, MO. Monrovia, Liberia, is the only capital city outside of the U.S. to be named after a U.S. president.


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There are 115 places in the United States named after the nature writer, John Muir. These places range from high schools to exhibits at the Epcot Center.

Adelaide, South Australia, is the only capital city named after a woman. (Queen Adelaide)

There are 18 U.S. cities named “Athens.”
There are 19 U.S. cities named “Troy.” Troy wins.

The most popular name for a city in the U.S. is Riverside. All but 4 states have at least one Riverside.
The least popular is Lufkin. Only Texas has a city named Lufkin.

There is only 1 city in America named after a game show, Truth Or Consequences, N.M. Originally called “Hot Springs”, it took the name of a popular radio game show program in 1950, when Truth Or Consequences host Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show. Ralph Edwards came to the town during the first weekend of May for the next fifty years. This event was called the “Fiesta” and included a beauty contest, parade, and a stage show.


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730 American cities have named a street after Martin Luther King Jr.. 70 percent of these streets are in seven Southern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas. King’s home state of Georgia has the most, with 105 streets. Only 11 states in the country d0 not have a street named after King.

Flu strains are named after cities in Asia! According to Earl Henderson, Ph.D., professor of microbiology at Temple University School of Medicine, there are a variety of reasons the flu always seems to originate in that part of the world. “The large population and crowded conditions in Asia, especially in China, make it a perfect place for new strains of the flu to arise,” he says. “The flu needs a large population to exist due to its rapid spread and the protective immunity that develops in people. In addition, vaccinations against the flu are not very common in Asia.” –Science Daily

The City Of New York dedicated the corner of Bowery and Second Street as Joey Ramone Place on November 30th, 2003

There are no towns or cities named after Elvis Presley.

President John F. Kennedy has the most memorials in the U.S. There are close to 1,000 schools named after him. Also included in this list are streets, a performance arts center, a library and a launch pad.

U.S. Cities with names that make 13-year-olds laugh- Bangs Beach (Maine), Dickeyville (Wisconsin), Bone Gap (Illinois), Tightsqueeze (Virginia), Climax Springs (Missouri), Fertile (Minnesota), Ironwood (Minnesota), Willacoochie (Georgia), Moreheadsville (Pennsylvania), Seman (Alabama), Onacock (Virginia), Butztown (Pennsylvania), Elephant Butte (New Mexico), Assinippi (Massachusetts), Dyckesville (Wisconsin), Euren (Wisconsin), Cockland (Ohio), Maggie’s Nipples (Wyoming), and Bloody Dick (Montana).

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