LARGEST U.S. CITIES WITH A FRENCH NAME
This is the third list featuring non-English language origins of U.S.
cities. French names are less common than Spanish names among large
cities but yet are still occasionally found (of the 50 largest
cities, 11 have Spanish names but only 3 have French
names). Only 3 of the top 10 cities are within the area covered by
the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
Not surprisingly, the French word "Detroit" means "strait." The
French word "Boisé" means "wooded."
1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Charlotte, North Carolina
3. St. Louis, Missouri
4. Louisville, Kentucky
5. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6. Des Moines, Iowa
7. Boise, Idaho
8. Orange, California (bilingual)
9. Naperville, Illinois
10. Grand Prairie, Texas (bilingual)
Honorable Mention: New Orleans, Louisiana (would be on the list if
it were "La Nouvelle Orléans")!
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