New York got its name from the Duke of York, who gained control
of the land in the 17th century. Originally it was called "New
Amsterdam" by the Dutch settlers but when control of this area was
taken over by English, its name was also changed to "New York," to
honor the Duke of York. There is an "Old York" (or just York) back
New York was named for the Duke of York, later King James II of England. It had originally been called New Amsterdam by the Dutch, who founded the city.
- The duke of york named the country after himself just so he could own New York for good