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The Origin of New Jersey Place Names

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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
Waldwick B Be Anglo-Saxon, "village in a grove"
Walker's Forge U At Lewis M. Walker, ironmaster, county's first assemblyman
Wall Tp Mo Garret D. Wall, U. S. Sen. 1835-41
Wallington B Be Walling Jackobs
Wallkill U,R,L Su Joseph Walling, settler
Walnford or Waln Mills U Mo Richard Waln, merchant
Walnut Valley U Wa Trees
Walpack Tp Su Walpekat, "very deep water" (A)
Wampum Br Mo Shell money
Wanamassa U Mo Chief Wanamasoa
Wanaque B,R,Res Pa "Place where the sassafras tree grows" (Br)
Wantage Tp Su Wantage, England
Warinanco Pk Un Indian who sold land to settlers
WARREN Co,Tp Wa Gen. Joseph Warren, Revolution
Warren Glen U Wa Gen. Joseph Warren, Revolution
Warrentown U Wa Gen. Joseph Warren, Revolution
Washington Tp,B Be, Bu, Gl, Me, Mr, Wa Pres. George Washington
Washington Crossing U Me Washington's crossing of Delaware
Washington Valley U So Camp of Washington's forces
Watchung B,Pk,M So, Un, Es, Mr, Pa Watschu, "hill" (A)
Waterford Tp Ca Waterford, England
Waterloo U Su Waterloo Foundry
Water Witch U Mo James Fenimore Cooper's novel
Watnong M Mr See Watchung
Watsessing U Es Watschu, "hill" and assan "stone" (A)
Waughaw M Mo Wochgi, "top" (A) and auk, "Place" (B)
Wawayanda U,M,R,L Su Wai-wai, "winding many times" and ands, "action" (Ru)
Waycake Cr Mo Wequa, "boundary" (B) and quack, "miry Place" (To)
Wayne Tp Pa Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne, Revolution
Webbville U Oc "Peg Leg" John Webb, founder of cranberry industry
Weehawken Tp Hu "Place of gulls" (Ph)
Weequahic Pk Es Wequa, "boundary" and ick, "land" (Bo)
Weldon U Mr Well Done Forge
Wemrock Br Mo Wemi, "all" and lekau, "sand" (A) (ford)
Wenonah B Gl Mother of Hiawatha
Wesickman Cr Bu Wisachim, "wild grapes" and ani, "path" (A)
Wesley L Mo John and Charles Wesley, founders of Methodism
Westeconk Cr Oc Wisu, "fat meat" (Br) and onk, "Place" (B)
Westfield T Un Undeveloped section, "the west fields"
West Milford Tp Pa Milford, Conn.
Weston U So Weston's Mill
West Portal U Ht Western end of RR tunnel
Westville B Gl Thomas West
Weymouth Tp At Weymouth, England
Whale Pond Cr Mo Whaling industry
Wharton B Mr Wharton Steel Co.
Whippany R Mr Wipit, "tooth" (A) (arrow) and onk "place" (B)
White Tp Wa White family, settlers
Whitehall U Su Royal palace, London
White Horse U Me Tavern
Whitehouse U Ht Tavern
Whitesboro U CM Henry White, Negro congressman
Wickatunk U Mo Wigwam, "house" (A) and onk, "Place" (B)
Wickeckeoke Cr Ht Wikwam, "house" and mechoak, "old or great tree" (A)
Wigwam Br Mi Wigwam, "house" (A)
Wildwood; (N) (W) (Crest) C,B CM Abundance of wild flowers
Williamstown U Gl Israel Williams, settler
Willingboro Tp Bu Willingboro, England
Winbeam M Pa "Lone tree mountain" (Tr)
Winslow Tp Ca Glassworks
Woodbridge Tp Mi Rev. John Woodbridge, leader of settlers from Mass.
Woodbury (Hgts) C,B Gl John Wood, settler
Woodcliff Lake B Be Location on lake in woods under cliff
Wood-Lynne B Ca Linden trees
Woodstown B Sa Jackanias Wood, settler
Woolwich Tp Gl Woolwich, England
Wrightstown B Bu John Wright, donor of street site
Wyckoff Tp Be Wicaugh, Malpas, England

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