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Palm Beach County toponymy*: How local places got their names

Browse our interactive map to learn about the people and stories behind the names of Palm Beach County cities, parks, roads, schools, and other places.


View Palm Beach County Place Names in a larger map

Click on the place markers to see more information about a specific place.
Blue markers are for cities and towns.
Yellow markers are streets and roads, and green markers are bridges.
Green building icons are schools.
The green picnic table and tree icons are for parks, and the blue waves are for lakes.

Click and drag the map to see other areas, and use zoom controls at the upper left corner of the map to zoom in or out.

Update note: All the PBC cities are on the map, and dozens of parks, roads, schools and other places. More to come.

* Toponymy is the study of the origins and meanings of place names. The word ‘toponymy’ is from the Greek words tópos (place) and ónoma (name). If you’re a toponymist who has something to add to our map, please let us know in the comments below.

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Posted in Archives May 24, 2010 at 11:05 am.

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  1. Janice Drake Oct 12th 2011

    In the 1960s my parents & I visited & stayed at Spanish Courts bungalows in Riviera Beach. I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find archive pictures of Broadway area of Riviera Beach in the early 1940s-1960′s? It was actually quite nice back then. (difficult to envision now) I have been a resident of PB County since 1980.

    Spanish Courts appears to be an office complex next to the Port of Palm Beach currently.

    Thanks for this lovely website!

  2. Palm Beach Post Staff Researchers Oct 14th 2011

    We have some photos of the Trylon Tower and International Bazaar on HistoricPalmBeach.com, but I didn’t find any other photos in our archives.

    There’s a postcard of the Spanish Courts bungalows and other 1950s and 1960s Riviera Beach scenes for sale online at the Old Florida Postcards website.

    I’m not sure there are any Broadway area shots here, but you can search for other historic Riviera Beach photos at the Florida Photographic Collection.

    The Historical Society of Palm Beach County may have some photos as well.

    And I’ll post your question to our HistoricPalmBeach.com Facebook page.

    Thanks for visiting our website!

    Michelle Quigley
    News Researcher
    The Palm Beach Post | HistoricPalmBeach.com


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