What's In a Name?

Bleacher Report Senior Writer IOctober 16, 2008

I don't know about you guys, but I find myself saying, "where did the Phillies get their name?" I'll go through all MLB and tell you where they got the name:


Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles name refers to the bird of the same name. The Oriole is the Maryland state bird.

Boston Red Sox: The "Red Sox" name originates from the iconic uniform feature. They are sometimes nicknamed the BoSox , a combination of "Boston" and "Sox", the Crimson Hose, and the Olde Towne Team. However, most fans simply refer to the team as the Sox.

New York Yankees: The Yankees are called the Yankees because in the Civil War the two armies were of course the Confederacy and the Union, but in the north was the Union who were nicknamed, 'the Yankees.' New York was the biggest city for the Union soldiers to report to so they called this team the Yankees instead of the Highlanders.

Tampa Bay Rays: They got their name from the Manta Rays that are plentiful in the Gulf Coast area in Florida.

Toronto Blue Jays: The Blue Jays were founded by Labatt Brewery. Also, lots of Toronto teams wear blue.

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox started out as the White Stockings, same as the White Stockings who are now the Cubs. The teams decided to both change names and the White Sox became the White Sox and the Cubs changed to the Cubs.

Cleveland Indians: The "Indians" name originates from a request by the club owner to decide a new name, following the 1914 season. In reference to the Boston Braves.

Detroit Tigers: Rumor has it the Detroit Tigers got their nickname from the orange stripes they used to wear on their black socks.

Kansas City Royals: The Royals mascot originates from the American Royal, a livestock show, horse show and rodeo held every year in Kansas City in 1899.

Minnesota Twins: In 1905, the Twins were the Washington Nationals. The name "Twins" derives from the popular name of the region, the Twin Cities.

Los Angeles Angels: The "Angels" name originates from the city that was their original home, Los Angeles. LA is one of the greatest cities in the United States.

Oakland Athletics: They are referred to as "the A's", in reference to the black letter "A", a trademark of the team and the old Athletic of Philadelphia.

Seattle Mariners: The "Mariners" name originates from the prominence of marine culture in the city of Seattle.

Texas Rangers: The "Rangers" name originates from the famous law enforcement agency under the same name.

Atlanta Braves: The "Braves" name, which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native warrior.

Florida Marlins: The Marlins name exists for the same reason the Rays do. The ever growing fish species in Florida.

New York Mets: The original Mets were the New York Metropolitans, an 1880s baseball club. The modern Mets are also named the "Amazin' Mets".

Philadelphia Phillies: After being founded in 1883 as the "Quakers," the team changed its name to the "Philadelphias", after the convention of the times. This was soon shortened to "Phillies."

Washington Nationals: They play in Washington, DC. Washington, DC is the nation's capital.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs started out as the White Stockings, same as the White Stockings who are now the White Sox. The teams decided to both change names and the White Sox became the White Sox and the Cubs changed to the Cubs.

Cincinnati Reds: The name "Reds" was inspired by a previous team called the Cincinnati Red Stockings.

Houston Astros: The Astros got their name from Houston which is known as Space City. Astros being associated with the stars.

Milwaukee Brewers: Milwaukee is a city filled with breweries. One of them is "Miller", where they get the name of the ballpark.

Pittsburgh Pirates: "Though baseball was first played in Pittsburgh in 1876, the team that evolved into the Pirates, the Pittsburgh Alleghenies, joined the American Association in 1882, and the NL in 1887. Then known as the Innocents, they became the Pirates by "pirating" second baseman Lou Bierbauer from Philadelphia.

St. Louis Cardinals: The St. Louis Cardinals original name was the Brown Stockings, then the Perfectos, then the owners heard one of the fans from the crowds say "what a lovely shade of a cardinal".

Arizona Diamondbacks: A contest was held by the Arizona Republic newspaper to name the team. Diamondbacks won as the Western Diamondback is a rattlesnake.

Colorado Rockies: Named because of all the mountains in the great area of Colorado in Denver.

Los Angeles Dodgers: The term "Trolley Dodgers" was attached to the Brooklyn ballclub due to the complex maze of trolley cars that went through Brooklyn.

San Diego Padres: The Padres adopted their name from the PCL team which arrived in San Diego in 1936.

San Francisco Giants: San Francisco is because they are playing in that city. The Giants is the name brought from NY when the team used to be the NY Giants.