What's In A Name?

Rickey Bevington tells the surprising stories behind how Atlanta places got their curious names.

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What's In A Name? | Lithonia

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GPB Atlanta listener Tommy Hester asked us about the origins of the name of Lithonia, Ga.

You might have seen that name as you drive down I-20, but did you know that this DeKalb County city has a Greek name? In this edition of "What's In A Name?", Rickey Bevington gives us a lesson in Ancient Greek.


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Is there an Atlanta name you're curious to know the history behind? Click on this link and write your idea in the comments section.

Listen to our summer series "What's In A Name?" during All Things Considered weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. on Atlanta's NPR News station 88.5 FM

What's In A Name? | Druid Hills

Jul 16, 2018

Druid Hills is one of Atlanta's most well-known neighborhoods and streets.

In this "What's In A Name," as requested by listeners Forest McMullen and Lisa Mount, we'll be diving into the unexpected history of the northeast Atlanta neighborhood.


He was a Baptist minister, an Atlanta civil rights legend, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s best friend. 

Ralph David Abernathy's name can also be found on many streets across the city.

This summer during All Things Considered on 88.5 FM in Atlanta host Rickey Bevington is telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting place names. 

What's In A Name? | Snapfinger Road

Jul 10, 2018
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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We're calling it “What’s In A Name?

 


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This summer during All Things Considered on 88.5 FM in Atlanta, host Rickey Bevington is telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

We’re calling the project “What’s In A Name?”


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This summer during All Things Considered on 88.5 FM in Atlanta host Rickey Bevington is telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting place names. 

We’re calling the project “What’s In A Name?

Today, we look at the Tom Moreland Interchange, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction.


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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We're calling it “What’s In A Name?


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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We’re calling the project “What’s In A Name?

Today's comes from my Georgia Public Broadcasting colleague Virginia Prescott who asks about the Blandtown neighborhood just west of Atlantic Station.


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This summer on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

Host Rickey Bevington takes your submissions and then brings you the history behind the places Atlantans call home.

We’re calling the project “What’s In A Name?”

Today, we look at the lost Atlanta neighborhood of Buttermilk Bottom.

 


The Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead was named after a dead deer. African-American families in the early 20th century picked "Just Us" to call their new neighborhood south of downtown. The developer of Wieuca Road named it after his three daughters: Wilma, Eugenia, Catherine - Wi-eu-ca (pronounced WHY-yoo-cuh).

All summer long here on All Things Considered we’re telling stories about some of Atlanta’s most interesting names.

We’re calling it “What’s In A Name?”