How Do You Pronounce Brooklyn Names Like Kosciuszko and Utrecht?

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    This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

    Blame it on the Dutch. Brooklyn is awash in place names that are hard to wrap your tongue around. Read on for the origins and most common pronunciation of each. How do you pronounce these Brooklyn place names?

    NEW UTRECHT AVE
    Origin: New Utrecht, named for the Dutch city of Utrecht, was one of six towns that was incorporated into Kings County
    Pronounced: YOO-trek

    Sunset Park photo by The AllNite Images via Flickr.

     

    canarsie-L-train-station-brooklynAtomische * Tom Giebel via Flickr

    CANARSIE
    Origin: A Long Island tribe native to the Brooklyn area
    Pronounced: ken-ARE-see

     

    CONSELYEA STREET
    Origin: Andrew Conselyea, the proprietor of a farm that the street once ran through
    Pronounced: con-SEHL-yuh

     

    middagh-street-cadman-plaza-brooklyn-heights-brooklynBjorn Hermans via Flickr

    MIDDAGH ST
    Origin: Surname of an aristocratic family who were some of the first residents of Brooklyn Heights
    Pronounced: MID-daw

     

    DEKALB AVE
    Origin: Baron Johann de Kalb (1721–1780), a German-born major general who fought for the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War
    Pronounced: DEE-kalb or dee-KALB, and the “al” can either be as in “bald” or “Al.” Basically, everyone pronounces this one differently.

     

    hoyt-schermerhorn-street-subway-station-brooklynAdam Moss via Flickr

    SCHERMERHORN ST
    Origin: Surname of an affluent 17th-century Dutch shipping family
    Pronounced: SKIM-mer-horn or SKER-mer-horn, depending on who you ask

     

    JORALEMON ST
    Origin: Teunis Joralemon (1760–1841), a respected Kings County lawyer and judge
    Pronounced: jo-RAL-emun

     

    kosciuszko-bridge-brooklynThomas Hawk via Flickr

    KOSCIUSZKO BRIDGE
    Origin: Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746–1817), a Polish military mastermind who fought on the American side in the Revolutionary War and led a failed Polish coup against Russia
    Pronounced: koss-ee-OSS-ko (Though in Polish, it’s technically closer to ko-SHOOS-ko)

     

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