Synopses & Reviews
Place Names in Alabama is 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
“It is ‘must reading’ for anyone who claims the name Alabamian.” —Bob Ingram, WSFA-1
“I consider Place Names in Alabama a very important and needed document. It reflects energetic research and literate composure. Such a publication should be in every library in Alabama.” —Judge C.J. Coley, Alexander City
“This book lightheartedly brings all Alabamians in tough with each other, enhancing their appreciation of the rich history and diversity that is so uniquely ours. —Richard Arrington, Jr., Mayor of the City of Birmingham
Place Names in Alabama is 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.
About the Author
Virginia O. Foscue is a Professor of English at The University of Alabama.