Your favorite Maryland place names

We asked people for their favorite Maryland place names on Twitter yesterday. Some of the ones we got were Assawoman Bay, Whiskey Bottom, Scaggsville, Boring, Parole, Tuckahoe and North East. Today on our news wave we also got two other names - Accokeek and Accident.
Feel free to add your own choices that differ from the above in the comments below.

Some information on the places named above:

Accident - Two surveyors may have selected the same area “by accident” for a settlement in this area of western Maryland after Lord Baltimore opened it up to settlement. Some contend that this account isn’t proven and that they name may have just come from other towns with the same name.

Accokeek - It was the site of a Piscataway village also known as Moyaone. It was unlikely that it was one visited by Captain John Smith during his travels on the Potomac.

Assawoman Bay - may have originally been Assawomet, possibly of Nanticoke (a tribe of the Algonquins) origin

Boring - In Homicide: Life on the Street, the wife of Detective Beau Felton (played by Daniel Baldwin) was said to be from the town of Boring. The town got its name from a Postmaster there whose name was David Boring.

North East - An early history of the area gives no clues to the origin of the name other than the fact it was settled near the Northeast River.

Parole - The name is said to have come from a site where Confederate and Union soldiers were paroled and exchanged.

Scaggsville - The Scaggs family settled 700 acres of farmland here in the 1830s. As of 1941.

Tuckahoe - The only references I can find are for Tuckahoe Creek and Tuckahoe State Park. It may be a family name or it may be a corrupted word from American Indians who lived in the area.

Whiskey Bottom - I couldn’t find any origin of this name.

Be sure to include your own nominations for unusual place names in Maryland in the comments and you may see them in a future blog post.

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    Pocomoke City. An Indian work meaning “black water” and “The Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore.

    Comment by Mike — November 28, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

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