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The Place Names of Maryland: Their Origin and Meaning Paperback – December 2, 1988


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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: The Maryland Historical Society (December 2, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938420283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938420286
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lovers of Maryland will have field clay with this inadvertently entertaining book, now in its second printing. Take an armchair trip from Accident to Zittlestown in this 364 pages of fascinating lore from one of America's oldest states.

An alphabetical listing—from Accident (Garrett County) to Zittlestown (Washington County)—of the towns and villages, estates and other historic sites, and rivers and streams of Maryland and how they got their names. This rich lode of Indian and ethnic (English, French, Scottish, Irish, German, etc.) tradition and lore is a browser's paradise and an excellent ready reference.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Marinucci on November 11, 2007
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This book certainly covers a significant number of place names in Maryland and is most likely the best work in this genre for the state. Kenny seems to have a keen knowledge of American Indian name origins and includes some of his own interpretations. Overall the overwhelminging majority of names are well-researched, but there are shortcomings. In too many cases are some names ascribed to unidentified persons in past history based on the existence of that same surname in current phone books. It is in those few cases that this book is less then satisfying. Still, I recommend this book as a source of data for the origin of place names in Maryland, but with some caution.
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Gives the reader a quick look at some of the history that make our Maryland towns unique. If more is needed, many focused publications on towns and counties in the state are now available. But this is a good start.
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