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Main Line Philadelphia Fun Facts

Many visitors to Philadelphia and the Main Line wonder how some the towns acquired their names. Below are some answers to their questions! If you are thinking about buying or selling a property in the Main Line Philadelphia area, feel free to contact Duffy Real Estate—we would love to help!

  • Ardmore - Named for a small town on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.
  • Bala - This Welsh terms means Where the River Flows From Lake.
  • Berwyn - Name of a mountain range in Wales.
  • Brewertown - During the Civil War, J&P Baltz Brewing Company operated on 31st Street near Thompsons. The actor, W.C. Fields wrote that Philly was "a great town of breweries."
Main Line Philadelphia Fun Facts
  • Bryn Mawr - Welsh for Great Hill. Named after his ancestral home by Roland Ellis of Wales.
  • Conshohocken - This means either Pleasant Valley or Long, Fine Land as described by the Native Americans.
Main Line Philadelphia Fun Facts
  • Cynwyd - Another Welsh term for Lively and Ferocious.
  • Daylesford - Named for a tourist resort in Australia.
  • Devon - Named for a tourist resort in England.
  • Gladwyne - Originally called Merion Square by Quaker settlers in 1682, the name was changed in 1887 by the Lower Merion Post Office which borrowed the name from a nearby Reading Railroad freight station.
  • Haverford - Welsh meaning The Goat's Ford.
  • King of Prussia - In honor of King Frederick, the Prussians built a brewery here.
  • Kinsessing - Described as a "place where there should be a meadow" by native Americans.
  • Lemon Hill - This is the location of a Fairmount Park mansion that had been purchased by Henry Pratt. He filled the greenhouse with lemon trees.
  • Manayunk - Meaning the lands along the Schuylkill River—where we go to drink—Native Americans, the Lenape.
  • Merion - Named for the grandson of a 5th century Welsh prince.
  • Narberth - Welsh for Sacred or Consecrated Place.
  • Paoli - Named for General Pasquale Paoli, a Corsican patriot.
  • Passyunk - This land between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers was described by Native Americans as "pachsegink" or "pachesegonk" which means A Valley or Between Hills.
  • Radnor - Welsh meaning Red Earth.
  • Rosemont - Named after Joshua Ashbridge's farm, which was borrowed from a Pennsylvania Railroad train station.
  • St. Davids - Patriot saint of Wales.
  • Schuylkill - This Dutch terms means Hidden Stream.
  • Strafford - Named for the Earl of Strafford.
  • Strawberry Mansion - This area was described from the Fairmount Park estate of Coleman Hemphill. He imported strawberry plants from Chile and placed them throughout his estates.
  • Villanova - From the Augustinian College of St.Thomas of Villa Nova.
  • Wayne - Named for Revolutionary War general, Anthony Wayne.
  • Wissinoming - A Native American term for Where We Were Frightened and derived from the Wissinoming Creek. It is unknown as to why the Native Americans were frightened.
  • Wynnewood - Named for Dr. Thomas Wynne's plantation, Wynne Wood.