From Fryeburg to Frenchboro, Caribou to Kittery, Portland to Passadumkeag, Maine towns often have fascinating stories about why and how they got their name. Why did a local reverend disregard the will of residents and choose the name Bangor instead of Sunbury? What town was named after a random place in Italy? What town was named after a famous nineteenth-century British poet?
Popular Maine storyteller and radio host John McDonald reveals all and describes how every town, city, and plantation in Maine got its name and throws in some stories and tidbits for good measure. He also provides the original name of many towns. What’s in a Name? delivers wonderful insight, fun facts, and some little-known history about The Pine Tree State making it the perfect read as Maine celebrates its bicentennial year.