7 Places in the USA Named after British Towns ...


7 Places in the USA Named after British Towns ...
7 Places in the USA Named after British Towns ...

Knowing that there are many places in the USA named after British towns, I thought it might be interesting to find some of them and share with you a few details and comparisons. There are towns all over the United States -- and all over the world for that matter -- which have their origins in towns in Britain. Some of the stories are quite interesting. So, I hope you enjoy learning about these 7 places in the USA named after British towns.

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Several places in the USA named after British towns are named Lincoln. One of the many Lincolns in the USA is the state capital of Nebraska with a population of ~255,000. Lincoln, England is home to ~86,000 people and dates back to Roman times when it was known as Lindum Colonia. It’s a major tourist draw because it is full of historical buildings, including the cathedral and its famous imp (stone gargoyle), and because it holds great traditional Christmas Markets. There are also places called Lincoln in Argentina, New Zealand and Canada.


The city of Lincoln, Nebraska is home to Nebraska State Capitol, the tallest building in the city. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the biggest employers in the city, and the city is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Lincoln, New Zealand is a small town located in the South Island of New Zealand, with a population of approximately 1,500. It is home to the Lincoln University, a research-led university that focuses on agricultural studies. Lincoln, Canada is a small community located in the province of Ontario, and is home to a number of small businesses. Lincoln, Argentina is a small rural town located in the province of Buenos Aires, and is known for its traditional gaucho culture.



The largest city in Alabama and England’s second city share a common history of both having been major industrial centres that have rejuvenated to be modern vibrant places. It may be a tenuous link but Birmingham, AL, is known as the cradle of the Civil Rights movement, and Birmingham UK was the favoured destination for the first wave of immigrants from the West Indies who arrived on the ship The Empire Windrush. Quite a common history, don't you think?


Birmingham, Alabama is home to many Civil Rights activists and landmarks, including the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church. The city also has a rich musical history, with artists such as Nat King Cole, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, and the Temptations all having connections to the city. Birmingham, UK is home to a large Caribbean population, with the city having welcomed the first wave of immigrants from the West Indies on board the Empire Windrush in 1948. The city also has a long industrial history, with the Birmingham Canal Navigations, the Jewellery Quarter, and the Cadbury chocolate factory all located in the city.



It seems rightly fitting that Harvard University and MIT are in Cambridge, MA, as Cambridge UK is one of our most pre-eminent university cities along with Oxford. Cambridge US is called the city of squares whereas the English counterpart is one of huge medieval and Baroque buildings and tiny back alleys. The similarities continue as both are set on rivers – of course the ubiquitous rowers need somewhere to practice. Cambridge is one of the most beautiful and common places in the USA named after British towns.


Cambridge, MA is a city of great historical, educational, and cultural significance. It is home to two of the world’s most renowned universities, Harvard and MIT, and is a major center of research and higher education. The city is also known for its many public squares and parks, as well as its proximity to the Charles River. Additionally, Cambridge is home to a vibrant arts and music scene, and is known for its many unique restaurants, cafes, and shops. Cambridge is also a popular destination for tourists and visitors, who come to experience its rich history and culture.



My hometown is nowhere as attractive as its namesake in Massachusetts, which is home to Smith College. Although significantly bigger in population size (150,000 to 29,000), Northampton, England, is known as Shoe Town, since its main industry was boots and shoes. The local football team is known as the Cobblers. Northampton is 60 miles north of London and 60 miles south of Birmingham.


Northampton, Massachusetts is home to Smith College, a private liberal arts college for women. It is located in the Pioneer Valley and is known for its vibrant arts scene. The city of Northampton is also known for its numerous historic sites, including the Calvin Theater and the Academy of Music. The city is also home to a number of outdoor attractions, such as the Norwottuck Rail Trail and the Manhan Rail Trail. Northampton is located in the foothills of the Berkshires and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The city is also home to a number of restaurants, bars, and shops. Northampton is a great place to visit for anyone looking to experience a unique blend of culture, history, and outdoor activities.



I guess I don’t really have to say much about Boston, MA, but I suspect not many of you will know about Boston, England. It’s an attractive little market town not far from the East coast and is dominated by a 14th Century Church with a tower of 271ft. It’s another town full of architectural delights, including a 13th century Dominican Friary that today is a thriving music and arts centre.


Boston, MA is the largest city in Massachusetts and the capital of the state. It is home to world-renowned universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Boston College, as well as renowned medical centers. It is also a major cultural center, with many museums, theaters, and other attractions.

Boston, England is a small market town located east of England, and is home to a 14th century church with a 271ft tower. The town also has a 13th century Dominican Friary that is now a thriving music and arts center. The town is known for its architecture, including many medieval buildings. It is also a popular tourist destination, with many cafes, pubs, and restaurants.



There are a few places named Dover in the USA but I’ve chosen Dover, Delaware, because it was named after the town in England by William Penn. Dover, DE, apparently is home to the only military morgue in the continental US and the air base is the homecoming point for soldiers killed in battle. Dover UK is also a place of comings and goings in that it remains the busiest port of entry and exit to and from Europe, being only 22 miles across the English Channel to Calais, France. I also found out that Dover, DE, is the only State Capital with a volunteer Fire Department. It's also one of the most interesting places in the USA named after British towns.


Dover, Delaware is the oldest city in the state, with a history dating back to 1683. It is also home to the famous Dover International Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races, as well as the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Dover is also home to the Dover Air Force Base, which is the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum. The city is also known for its strong cultural ties to the United Kingdom, with many of its streets and buildings having British-inspired names. Dover is also home to the historic Johnson Victrola Museum, which houses a collection of antique phonographs. Visitors can also enjoy the First State Heritage Park, which is a living history museum that celebrates Delaware's colonial history.



There really is no comparison between Washington DC and Washington, Tyne and Wear, and I’ve included it because of its link with the first US President. Washington Old Hall was home to William de Wessyngton, a forebear of George Washington. American Independence Day is actually celebrated every year with a ceremony at Washington Old Hall. Other than the illustrious link there isn’t much else renowned about this former coal mining town, except that it’s the birthplace of Heather Mills, the model whose recent divorce from Paul McCartney was a media circus.

Well, I hope I’ve shared just a bit of insight to merry old England and how there is indeed a “special” relationship between us across the big pond. If you’ve got any ancestry or links to places in the UK please feel free to share them. Do you know any other places in the USA named after British towns?

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I love the British town names.

#2 I grew up just outside of Birmingham, AL. It always takes me back that people miss Leeds, AL, Moody, AL and of course, New London. I actually moved INTO Birmingham, AL and my address was 405 Trafalgar Square. Just 5 minutes from Centerpoint, and bordering Inverness. Alabama was UK crazy.

you forgot Leeds, I happen to live in Leeds Britain

I'm from Birmingham. (the British town) I know that's totally random but it's the first time the blog has mentioned something directly linked to me. I'm a Brummie (From WestBrom, anybody else?).

Hi Neets, Coincidentally, I'm a Brummie too! Nice to meet you and I'm glad you appreciate the mention of our home town.

Hii. I am from northampton too :)

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