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

 
 

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BABYLON: village in Suffolk county, new York, named from the ancient city in Asia.

BACONHILL: village in Saratoga County, New York, named for Ebenezer Bacon, a tavern keeper in early days.

BAKERS MILLS: village in Warren County, New York, named for the owner.

BALDWIN: Town in Chemung County, New York, named from Baldwin Creek, which was named for Isaac, Walter, and Thomas Baldwin, early settlers at the mouth of the creek.

BALDWINSVILLE: Village in Onondaga County, New York, named for Dr. Jonas C. Baldwin, its founder.

BALLSTON: town in Saratoga County, New York.

BALLSTON SPA: village in Saratoga County, New York, named for Rev. Eliphalet Ball, an early settler. "Spa" was added in reference to the medicinal springs, from the celebrated watering place in Belgium.

BAPTIST HILL: village in Ontario County, New York, named from a Baptist church erected there at an early date.

BARKER: town in Broome County, New York, named for John Barker, the first settler.

BARRE: town in Orleans County, New York.

BARREN: island in the Hudson River. The name is derived from the Dutch word beeren, "bears," which was applied to the island by the early Dutch settlers.

BASHES KIL: creek in Orange County, New York, named for Bashe, an Indian woman.

BATAVIA: town in Genesee County, New York, named for the Batavian Republic, which name was applied to Holland by the French after its conquest in 1795. Seven other places in the United States bear this name.

BATH: village in Rensselaer County, New York, so named because of the medical springs.

BATH: town in Steuben County, New York, named for lady Henrietta, Countess of Bath, daughter of Sir William Pultney.

BEDFORD: town in Westchester County, New York, named for Bedfordshire, England.

BEDLOE: island in New York Harbor, named for Isaac Bedlow, its first proprietor.

BEEKMAN: village in Dutchess County, New York, named for Henry Beekman, who owned a grant there in 1703.

BEEKMANTON: town in Clinton County, New York, named for William Beekman, one of the original grantees.

BELLEVILLE: village in Jefferson county, New York, named from the village in Wisconsin.

BELLMONT: village in Franklin County, New York, named for William Bell, an early proprietor.

BEMIS HEIGHTS: village in Saratoga County, New York, named for Jonathan Bemis, innkeeper there during the Revolution.

BENTON: town in Yates County, New York, named for Caleb Benton, the first settler.

BERGHOLTZ: village in Niagara County, New York, named for the town in Prussia.

BIG TREE: village in Erie County, New York, so called from the Indian village which formerly occupied the site, deonundaga, "big tree."

BINGHAMTON: city in Broome County, New York, named for William Bingham, of Philadelphia, a benefactor of the town.

BIRDSALL: town in Allegany County, New York, named for Judge John Birdsall.

BLACK RIVER: village in Jefferson County, New York, named from a river the waters of which are the color of sherry.

BLACKWELLS: island in East River, New York, named for the Blackwell family, who owned it for one hundred years.

BLEECKER: village in Fulton County, New York, named for Rutger Bleecker, an early patentee.

BLOODS, village in Steuben County, New York, named for Calvin Blood.

BOMBAY: town in Franklin county, New York, named by Mr. Hogan, an early settler, from Bombay, India.

BOONVILLE: village in Oneida County, New York, named for Gerrit Boon, agent of the Holland land company, who made the first settlement.

BORODINO: village in Onondaga County, New York, named from the town in Russia.

BOUCKVILLE: village in Madison County, New York, named for Governor William C. Bouck.

BOUQUET: river in Essex County, New York; said to be named from the flowers upon its banks. Some authorities think it is derived from the French, baquet, "trough."

BOVINA: town in Delaware County, New York; from the Latin, because of its fitness for grazing.

BOYLSTON: town in Oswego County, New York, named for Thomas Boylston.

BRADFORD: town in Steuben County, New York, named for General Bradford.

BRASHER: town in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Philip Brasher, part owner.

BREAKABEEN: village in Schoharie County, New York, named from the German word for the rushes which grew upon the banks of the creek.

BREWER: strait of Staten Island, New York, discovered by Brewer in 1643.

BREWSTER: village in Putnam County, New York, probably named after James and Walter F. Brewster, who at one time owned the tract of land comprising the village.

BROCKPORT: village in Monroe County, New York, named for Hiel Brockway, an early settler.

BROKENSTRAW: village in Chautauqua County, New York, and creek in Warren County, Pennsylvania. A translation of the Indian word degasysnohdyahgah.



 

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Article Name: Origin of Place Names in the State of New York Letter B
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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