Origin of Place Names in the State of New York Letter A

 
 

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ALDEN: town in Erie County, New York, named by one of its citizens for his wife's mother.

ALEXANDER: village in Genesee County, New York, named for Alexander Rea, first settler and State senator.

ALEXANDRIA: town in Jefferson County, New York; named for Alexander Le Ray, son of J.D. Le Ray, who fell in a duel in 1836.

ALEXANDRIA BAY: bay and village in Jefferson County, New York; named for Alexander Le Ray.

ALFRED: town in Allegheny County, New York, named for King Alfred the Great, of England.

ALGONQUIN: post-office in Franklin County, New York named from a prominent Indian tribe. The word seems to mean "(people) on the other side," or "eel-spring place."

ALLENHILL; post-office in Ontario County, New York, named for Nathaniel Allen, one of the first settlers.

AMES; post-office in Montgomery County, New York, named for Fisher Ames.

AMSTERDAM; city in Montgomery County, New York, named by Emanuel E. De Graff, an early settler, from Amsterdam, Holland. Several places in the United States are named from the city in New York.

ANDES; town in Delaware County, New York, named from the mountains of South America, because of its mountainous character.

ANGELICA; town in Alleghany County, New York, named for Mrs. Angelica Church, daughter of Gen. Philip Scuyler.

ANNSVILLE; town in Oneida County, New York, named for the wife of J.W. Bloomfield, first settler.

ANOKA; village in Broome County, New York. An Indian word meaning "on both sides."

ANTHONY'S NOSE; promontory on the Hudson River, New York, said by Irving to have been named so in reference to Anthony Van Corlear's nose; Lossing says "Anthony de Hooges, secretary of Rensselaerwick, had an enormous nose, and the promontory was named in honor of that feature.

ANTWERP; town in Jefferson County, New York, built by a company which was formed in Holland, who named the new place from the city in Belgium.

APULIA; village in Onondaga County, New York, named fromt he ancient province of southern Italy.

AQUEBOGUE; village in Suffolk County, New York. An Indian word meaning "at the end of a small pond."

ARGUSVILLE; village in Schoharie County, New York, named for its principal paper, the Albany Argus.

ARGYLE; town in Washington County, New York, named for the Duke of Argyle in 1786.

ARIETTA; town in Hamilton County, New York, named for the wife of Rensselaer Van Rennselaer.

ARMONK: village in Westchester County, New York. An Indian word meaning "fishing place"

ASTORIA; Queens County, New York, named for the Astor Family of New York.

ATHENS; city in Greene County, New York. Named from the capital city of Greece.

ATTICA; village in Wyoming County, New York, named from the Ancient Division in Greece.

AUBURN; city in Cayuga County, New York.

AURELIUS; town in Cayuga County, New York, named for the Roman emperor.

AUSABLE; river and town in Clinton County, New York. A French word, meaning "sandy," or "at the sand."

AVA; town in Oneida County, New York, named from the city in Burma.

AVOCA; town in Steuben County, New York, named by Sophia White, a resident, in allusion to Thomas Moore's poem, "Sweet Vale of Avoca."

AVON; village in Livingston County, New York, also many other places, named from the river in England, upon which Shakespeare's home was situated.


 

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Article Name: Origin of Place Names in the State of New York Letter A
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina

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BIBLIOGRAPHY: From My Collection Of Books: The Origin of Certain Place Names in The United States (Second Edition) by Henry Gannett. Originally published: U.S. Geological Survey, Bulletin No.258. Second Edition: Washington D.C. 1905. Reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1973, Baltimore, 1977.
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