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Hometown Hello: Motherly names

Posted May 13, 2012
Updated May 22, 2012

Charlotte

The Queen City is named for King George III's wife, Charlotte Sophia, and was once called Charlottesburgh. The city is the home of N.C. Supreme Court Justice Sarah Parker and the birthplace of actress Sharon Lawrence.

Elizabeth City

The Pasquotank County seat is named for Elizabeth Tooley, the wife of a prominent landowner. Established in 1790, this town is known as the Harbor of Hospitality.

Maggie Valley

This namesake of this western Haywood County town is Maggie Mae Setzer, the local postmaster's daughter. Population 607, it's the home of the Ghost Town in the Sky.

Kelly

This southeastern Bladen County town has been named Centerville and Hungry Neck in the past. It's a farming community with a population of 454.

Marion

The McDowell County seat is named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion. Population 8,075, its motto is "Where Main Street Meets the Mountains."

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