Bonus List


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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