How did New Hampshire get its name?

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Most of New England was settled by the English. Inventing new names for the places they settled was never a high priority. In fact, it is very rare for anyone to think up a "new name". I'll bet your name is the same name shared by thousands of people. When the settlers from England had a new place they were settling and it needed a name they usually chose a name that was already familiar to them from their life in England. There is a Hampshire in Southern England and so they named this new place "New Hampshire". Not very original but it probably also helped them feel a little more at home to have places named like that.

It got its name from a little county on the southern cost of England. Most places with a "new" are from Europe.
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