In keeping with my love of exploration and travel, I did a little digging to see what’s in a name for some of the cities in and around DFW.
This city has a lush history of delicious grapes that dates all the way back to 1843. Located on the Grape Vine Prairie, the original settlement in what is now Grapevine draws its name from the blooming grapevines characteristic to the area. The name stuck, and the city’s vibrant wine scene lives up to its name.
While its official name is derived from the forts that once stood in this area, the “Cowtown” moniker harkens back to the late 1870s, when Fort Worth was the king of the cattle industry. The name is still relevant today, as the Fort Worth Stockyards continue to be a must-see site for visitors and locals alike.
Believe it or not, what we now know as Plano was almost Fillmore — named for everyone’s favorite president, Willard Fillmore. Luckily, more creative heads prevailed, though the city’s name is still pretty plain — literally. The city’s first physician chose the name “Plano” because it evoked the plain terrain in and around his city. While the name stuck, Plano’s eateries and attractions make it anything but plain.
Surprisingly, the name origins of one of Texas’ most popular and populous cities still remains shrouded in mystery.
Dallas was founded and named by John Neely Bryan in 1841, who also played a key role in founding Van Buren, Arkansas. Apparently cities named after presidents has always been the rage, and since Van Buren was named after the 8th President of the United States, so many people like to believe that Dallas, TX was named for George Mifflin Dallas, the eleventh Vice President of the United States (no relation to Robert Mifflin, co-founder of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company). But here’s the thing: George Mifflin Dallas was not Vice President until 1845; when Dallas (the city) was founded and named, he was just a lowly senator from Pennsylvania.
Alas, Bryan never formally articulated the reasoning for the name “Dallas”, other than a brief anecdote in an old friend’s memoir that says Bryan named the city for “my friend Dallas.”