Vol. 61 No. 3 (2013)
Research Article

The Name of the State of Maine: An Irish Perspective

Published 2013-09-01


  • language contact,
  • etymology,
  • lexical doppelängers,
  • Blade,
  • newspaper names,
  • Wisconsin newspapers,
  • The Toledo Blade,
  • The Washington Blade
  • ...More



The three current theories of the origin of the name of the American state of Maine are reviewed and rejected. The connection of the colonist Sir Ferdinando Gorges with Ireland is explored, and a possible origin is proposed in the circumstances of the Anglo-Irish wars of 1594–1603 and their impact on his thoughts and motives.


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