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Place Names in Alabama
by Virginia O. Foscue
University of Alabama Press, 1988
Paper: 978-0-8173-0410-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8848-5
Library of Congress Classification F324.F67 1989
Dewey Decimal Classification 917.6100321


The first systematic attempt to account for all the names of the counties, cities, town, water courses, bodies of water, and mountains that appear on readily available maps of Alabama

In dictionary format, this volume contains some 2,610 place names, selected according to strict criteria as outlined in the introductions, from more than 52,000 available for the state of Alabama. Included in each entry is a description of the geographical feature, its exact location, the etymology of each name the feature has carried through the years, the historical circumstances and dates of each naming, and the sources for these facts, which include both written documents and interviews with local informants.


“…provides fascinating insights, into not only the origin of the name but also many of the people who settled the state.” —Joab L. Thomas, President of The University of Alabama

“An invaluable resource for television news and talk shows…not to mention a treasure for trivia buffs!” —Tom York, WBRC-6

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