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18-08-2014, 06:08 AM (This post was last modified: 18-08-2014 06:29 AM by HU.Junyuan.)
What does 'York' mean ?
New York's New York is because there was a York in Britain, Yorkshire to be precise.

But what does the word 'York' mean ? Does it mean a small river (somewhat like 'Ford') or countryside ?

I looked in the dictionary yet could not find anything beyond Yorkshire ...

Can anyone from Britain help ?

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18-08-2014, 06:14 AM (This post was last modified: 18-08-2014 06:22 AM by pablo.)
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
Didn't he play the first Darren on Bewitched?
Possibly the surname of the original land owner in the later to become Yorkshire area?
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18-08-2014, 06:16 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:08 AM)HU.Junyuan Wrote:  New York's New York is because there was a York in Britain, Yorkshire to be precise.

But what does the word 'York' mean ? Does it mean a small river or countryside ?

I looked in the dictionary yet could not find anything beyond Yorkshire ...

Can anyone from Britain help ?

Yorkshire is probably a compound created out of 'York's Shire', as in 'The Shire of York'.

A 'shire' is a county, especially in England. Often used in reference to parts of England regarded as strongholds of traditional rural culture, especially the rural Midlands.

So I imagine it went something like this...

The Shire of York > York's Shire > Yorkshire > New Yorkshire > New York

(With a small aside to note that the island of Manhattan, which is itself a derivative of a native american word for the area, was also called 'New Amsterdam' when it was initially colonized by the Dutch.)

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18-08-2014, 06:26 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:16 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Yorkshire is probably a compound created out of 'York's Shire', as in 'The Shire of York'.

A 'shire' is a county, especially in England. Often used in reference to parts of England regarded as strongholds of traditional rural culture, especially the rural Midlands.

So I imagine it went something like this...

The Shire of York > York's Shire > Yorkshire > New Yorkshire > New York

(With a small aside to note that the island of Manhattan, which is itself a derivative of a native american word for the area, was also called 'New Amsterdam' when it was initially colonized by the Dutch.)

Yes, Yorkshire of the York Family that was established in 1385. Yet where did the York Family get their name from ? What does 'York' mean ?

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18-08-2014, 06:30 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:14 AM)pablo Wrote:  Didn't he play the first Darren on Bewitched?
Possibly the surname of the original land owner in the later to become Yorkshire area?

Any clue on where the original land owner got their surname from, and its meaning ?

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18-08-2014, 06:31 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
Found this,
York Name Meaning English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwic (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2013, Oxford University Press
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18-08-2014, 06:37 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:26 AM)HU.Junyuan Wrote:  
(18-08-2014 06:16 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  Yorkshire is probably a compound created out of 'York's Shire', as in 'The Shire of York'.

A 'shire' is a county, especially in England. Often used in reference to parts of England regarded as strongholds of traditional rural culture, especially the rural Midlands.

So I imagine it went something like this...

The Shire of York > York's Shire > Yorkshire > New Yorkshire > New York

(With a small aside to note that the island of Manhattan, which is itself a derivative of a native american word for the area, was also called 'New Amsterdam' when it was initially colonized by the Dutch.)

Yes, Yorkshire of the York Family that was established in 1385. Yet where did the York Family get their name from ? What does 'York' mean ?

According to Wiktionary, York ultimately comes from eburo, a Proto-Brythonic word meaning 'yew; black alder'. That is if I've reading all these 'froms' correctly.

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18-08-2014, 06:41 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:31 AM)pablo Wrote:  Found this,
York Name Meaning English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwic (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2013, Oxford University Press

So, Eburacum (yew-tree place) -> Eoforwic (wild boar outlying settlement) -> Iorvík, Iork(opacity) -> York. Interesting.

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18-08-2014, 06:49 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
(18-08-2014 06:41 AM)HU.Junyuan Wrote:  
(18-08-2014 06:31 AM)pablo Wrote:  Found this,
York Name Meaning English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yew-tree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwic (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wic ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2013, Oxford University Press

So, Eburacum (yew-tree place) -> Eoforwic (wild boar outlying settlement) -> Iorvík, Iork(opacity) -> York. Interesting.

I found that on Ancestry.com if you want to take a look.
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18-08-2014, 10:01 AM
RE: What does 'York' mean ?
It's Viking...

Jorvik was the original name.

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