5bunch of CITIES KNOWN BY OTHER NAMES
Coined in 1776, the original name for San Francisco was Yerba Buena – Spanish for “good herb”. It’s ironic the city fathers didn’t change it back to that during the hippie Haight-Ashbury era of the ’60s.
Eglinton, Northern Ireland, was known as (the) Muff, Gaelic for “the plain”. In the mid-1800s, due to the proliferation of other nearby Muffs, the residents renamed it in honour of Ireland’s 13th Earl Eglinton.
It began as a lone Roman fort called Pons Aelius, then was dubbed the rather wonderful Monkchester, but all it took was a castle built on the River Tyne in 1080 for the northern English city to be so boringly named.
This hamlet in Northern Ireland’s Sperrin Mountains had many names – from Borbury to The Cross to Moyheelan and Ballinascreen – until London’s Worshipful Company of Drapers dubbed it Draperstown in 1818.
The Scots capital, Edinburgh, was founded as Dunedin, from “dun”, the Celtic word for fort. Accounts vary, but one says it was replaced by the Germanic equivalent “burgh” when the Teutons came in the 7th century.