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Memphis: What’s in a name?

by michaelpolzella

While diving into Memphis’ rich 200-year history, let’s not forget how the city first got its name – and what that name means.

In 1819, the founders of Memphis named it after the ancient Egyptian capital city. The name meant “place of good abode.” It was more than fitting, given the Egyptian city’s location just below the Nile delta.

Just like the Memphis of old, Memphis, Tennessee, became a center of commerce due to its advantageous position along the Mississippi River. Its location on a bluff offered protection from flooding – making it the perfect place to live and do business.

– Sam Bojarski, The 100 Companies

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