11 thoughts on “Old Names

      1. I can’t take credit for the name of our street but it’s commented on all the time – “You live on WHAT street? That’s so cool!”

        Or else they miss it entirely and insist I live on Riverdale Drive. Fortunately the post office is tolerant and we usually get our mail anyway.

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  1. I love the names of so many English places. It’s interesting to me how names that seem odd/unusual to others sound normal if that’s what we grew up hearing. My dad grew up near a town in Nebraska called Surprise and one town on the way was called Wahoo. Didn’t seem at all strange to me then. 😉

    janet

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    1. I love those. I do wonder why someone called their town Surprise! :)

      Our place names are from ancient languages and have then been mispronounced over a very long time, so we live not to far from Nether Wallop and our youngest son lives at Catbrain…….

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      1. I found this about Surprise from Wikipedia: “White people began settling southwestern Butler County in about 1866. In 1881, George Miller built a gristmill on the Big Blue River. He was pleasantly surprised to discover that so much waterpower was available so close to the river’s headwaters, and this led him to name the mill “Surprise”. Businesses and homes were established near the mill; and in 1883, a post office was established under the name “Surprise”. There’s more interesting information here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surprise,_Nebraska and here about Wahoo: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahoo,_Nebraska. I learned a lot!

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