What’s in a Name? How 75 Bay Area Towns Got Their Designations.
History and trivia buffs, listen up because we’ve got the perfect divertissement before you head into the July 4th Holiday. This comes courtesy of KQED’s Bay Curious podcast, which recently delved into the etymology of 75 Bay Area cities and towns.
The segment begins with a clip from Anchorman, so you know it’s good. The Bay Curious hosts go on to discuss the history behind the names San Ramon, Berkeley, and even California.
Host Olivia Allen-Price shared her favorite origin story on Twitter.
My favorite Bay Area etymology story comes from San Ramon. A guy named Ramon lived by a creek and they named the town after him ... then added "San" to fit in. Dude got saint status for nothing! More place name stories: https://t.co/IDwQpnpSuB #BayCurious— Olivia Allen-Price (@oallenprice) June 21, 2018
You can check out the podcast and an interactive map of place names here.