Saturday, August 2, 2014

Fact of the Day: Salem

The name origin of Oregon's capital, Salem is disputed. Some think it was named after Salem, Massachusetts. Another theory is perhaps it was chosen because Salem is an Anglicized form of the Hebrew word "Shalom" which means "peace". Another guess is that Salem is the last five letters of the city Jerusalem.  

16 comments:

Cloudia said...

Nice, Adam

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bj said...

Good grief, it never dawned on me about Salem being the last letters of Jerusalem.
Amazing fact.
And, I'm with you on the little boxes of cereal...I buy them for the same reason that I get tired of the big box, morning after morning.
Thanks so much for coming by, Adam...and tell your little Daisy hello. :)
xo

DeniseinVA said...

I was interested in the Jerusalem theory. I never connected those dots before. I like the one for peace.

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

It reminds me of stephen king's salem' s lot!

Kati said...

The last five letters...what a link!

Have the best weekend ever,
-Kati

Pat Hatt said...

Never thought about the last 5 letter one before

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow these are three cool possible origins. It's amazing that they can't track down the true source.

Margaret D said...

I suppose one will never know the true origin of the name.

Dana said...

These are very cool theories!

stephen Hayes said...

Yep, it's the capital of my state but no one seems to know the origin of the name.

RaeAbigael said...

interesting!
anyway, Daniel is 25 but Harry Potter is 34 this year. :))

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

All are very interesting choices.

Christine said...

I'd agree with the Massachusetts theory.

Unknown said...

Ogh I really didn't know those theories. Btw so interesting!
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Pilar Domínguez said...

I like the second theory which has to do with the word Shalom, peace. Nice name. Kisses:)

Theresa Mahoney said...

All very interesting theories. I like the Shalom theory best though :)