39 U.S. City Name Origins


Plenty of city names are straightforward, but others (Kansas City, Missouri, anyone?) could benefit from some context. For instance, did you know that Chicago derives from the Algonquian word for wild garlic? Or that Anchorage, Alaska was named after a local hardware store? If the video above from the mental_floss List Show isn’t enough to satisfy your knowledge cravings, check out this roundup of name origins for every state in the U.S.