Depends on who you ask, but there are several stories that are about the creation of hoagie. These sandwiches are known by various names depending on where you live in the cou…ntry. Some names include submarine, hero's hoagie, grinder, rocket, torpedo, Dagwood, Zeppelin and Italian sandwich. All of these are king size sandwiches on a loaf of bread approx. 12 inches long and 3 inches wide filled with various cold cuts and trimmings..
One of the widely accepted stories about how the name came about says that workers at Hog Island brought this type of sandwich for lunch, but it was called a hoagie. The story goes that one of the workers who had a cheese sandwich everyday asked the wife of a coworker to make him a sandwich like her husband's and he would pay her. The next day he asked her to make two sandwiches. One for him and one for his friend Hogan. So, everyone started calling the sandwich "hogans" and then it was shortened to "hoagie"..
In another story in 1925 an Italian family opened a grocery store in Chester, Pennsylvania and according to family lore one summer afternoon a man walked in and asked to get a pack of cigarettes. The owner was cooking in the back kitchen and filled the store. He got hungry because of the smell of the cooking and asked if she could make him a sandwich and to pick out lunch meat from the case. He told her to put everything you have in the case on it. She took a long loaf of bread, sliced it, and added the lunch meat along with some of the sweet and hot peppers she was cooking. He left with the sandwich and an hour later the store was filled with people wanting the same sandwich..
So, there are two of the many stories. We may never really know where or how the name came to be, but it is interesting. (MORE)
Once again, research pays off. As with the origins of any word, there is bound to be arguments as to what is the correct answer. Sadly when a new word is struck, often no one …takes note to provide accurate historical evidence. So with the word Hoagie, it does lay clouded in mystery. But, the best story to explain how this infamous sandwich got its name, I go with the story from the late 19th century Philadelphia and Hog Island and its \\Irish and Italian immigrant residents who where known as 'Hogans', and the traditional sandwich which was a meeting of the cultures, also in other areas known as 'po-boys', Dagwood's, and of course the most common term 'submarine sandwich' or SUB. (MORE)