Maps of Old US and European City Names

Early Names of American CitiesFrom, two maps showing earliest known names for US and European Cities.

If US cities had kept their original names
The old world by old names

To modern ears, many of the US names perhaps come across as a little unimaginative – for instance Hay Camp (Rapid City) or The Clearing (Portland, Oregon) – but I guess most European cities were similarly named, it’s just that with the passage of time their original meanings have been forgotten.

If you haven’t already seen it, check out the origin of country names map I mentioned a couple of weeks ago.

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