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The Origin of New Jersey Place Names

Edited by GET NJ
Copyright 2002

This publication was compiled by workers of the Federal Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of New Jersey, and was sponsored by the New Jersey State Library Commission.

Place Classification County Derivation
Raccoon Cr Gl Sub-tribe Naraticong
Rahway C,R Un See Rockaway
Ralston U Mr John Ralston, first postmaster
Ramapo M,R Pa,Be "Round ponds" (Tr)
Rancocas Cr Bu Sub-tribe, Ancocus
Raritan T,Tp,R So,Ht,Mi,Mo Sub-tribe, Naraticong
Raven Rock   Ht Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"
Readington Tp Ht John Reading, Gov. 1747,1757-8
Red Bank B Mo Red soil on river bank
Red Lion U Mi Colonial tavern
Red Root Cr Mi Bloodwort, Indian and Colonial medicinal plant
Repaupo U,Cr Gl Lekau,"sand" (A) and pack, "roots" (Ph)
Ridgewood Tp Be Location
Ringwood B Pa Iron company
Rio Grande U CM Mexican War song
Risley U At Ann Risley, hotel owner
River Edge B Be Location on Hackensack River
Riverside Tp Bu Location on Delaware
River Vale Tp Be Location on Hackensack River
Robbinsville U Me George R. Robbins, resident
Rochelle Park Tp Be LaRochelle, France
Rockaway B,Tp,R Mr Rechouwakie, "Place of sands" from l'eckwa, "sand" and auke, "Place" (B)
Rockleigh B Be Virginia estate of Robert L. Tait, first mayor
Roebling U Bu John A. Roebling, founder of Trenton's wire industry
Rogerene L Mr Former religious sect founded by John Rogers
Roosevelt City U Oc Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
Roycefield U So John Royce, landowner
Rumson B Mo Chief Alumson
Runnemede B Ca Runnymede, England
Russia U Mr Forge making Russia iron
Rutherford (E) B Be John Rutherford

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