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National Boston Day – January 16, 2023

National Boston Day takes place on January 16 every year to celebrate the unique name of Boston. It is believed to be a name of Middle English origin. Boston is also a place in the U.S. that is the capital of Massachusetts. It is the largest city in the state of Massachusetts and among the oldest established cities in the United States. The possible meaning of the name can be traced to the woods.

History of National Boston Day

The name Boston comes from the name of a place that is the capital of the state of Massachusetts. But this city also got its name from another small port town called Boston in Lincolnshire, England. The city was most likely named after this town because most immigrants originally hailed from there. In a letter, Colonist Thomas Dudley explained that in 1631, Countess of Lincoln always wanted to name the capital of Massachusetts after Boston.

Before the Massachusetts Bay colonists arrived in Boston in 1603, it was called Trimount, probably because of the large hill with three peaks which consisted of the area’s geography at the time. They later cut down these peaks to fill the bays when Boston’s land-making project began, and only Beacon Hill remains today. Who named it Trimount is not clear, but as it is not a Native-American word, it was most likely named by colonists, traders, or explorers.

The Boston town in England means Botolph’s town, which honors the 7th-century English saint named Botolph. St Botolph is the patron saint of travelers and farming; his feast day in English is celebrated on June 17. Boston became popular after the trend of naming people after place names, including Brooklyn, Austin, and Dallas.

National Boston Day timeline

1603
It Was Called Trimount

Before the Massachusetts Bay colonists arrived in Boston, it was called Trimount, probably because of the large hill with three peaks which consisted of the area's geography at the time.

1631
Named After Boston in England

Colonist Thomas Dudely writes in a letter that the Countess of Lincoln wanted to name the capital of Massachusetts after Boston.

16th Century
Honoring the 7th Century Saint

St Botolph is the patron saint of travelers and farming; his feast day in English is celebrated on June 17.

1773
Boston’s Role in the American Revolution

The well-known Boston Tea Party takes place and 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India Company are thrown into the Boston Harbor.

National Boston Day FAQs

Is Boston a girl or boy name?

It is primarily a male name.

What is Boston famous for?

It is known for its Fenway Park, Marathon, and baked beans.

Is Boston a nice city?

It is ranked as the 8th most desirable place to live in the U.S. by CBS News.

National Boston Day Activities

  1. Learn the history

    This day brings with it great history. It celebrates not only the name but also the place.

  2. Spread awareness

    Spread the message and inform people. Tell everyone why this day is noteworthy and why it should be celebrated.

  3. Throw a party

    Throw a party not less grand than the Boston tea party. Celebrate this day with people named Boston.

5 Important Facts You Should Know About Boston

  1. Famous people named Boston

    Boston Scott, the American football player, is among the famous Bostons.

  2. Name ranking

    It is ranked 922nd in terms of popularity.

  3. It gained popularity over the years

    In 1950, there were seven people named Boston but n 1988, there were 18, and in 2013, there were 505.

  4. The first subway in America

    Boston built the first subway in America in 1897.

  5. The first chocolate factory

    The first chocolate factory in America opened in Boston in 1765.

Why We Love National Boston Day

  1. It celebrates the name

    This day celebrates the name and people. It is a special day for people named Boston.

  2. It celebrates the city

    It is also a celebration of the city. This day celebrates the city and its rich history.

  3. It brings people joy

    It is a day of joy and delight. It makes people happy.

National Boston Day dates

YearDateDay
2023January 16Monday
2024January 16Tuesday
2025January 16Thursday
2026January 16Friday
2027January 16Saturday

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