Talk:Thames River (Connecticut)

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Crossing on Foot/Bicycle[edit]

It might be nice if the article was more clear on whether pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed on any of the bridges that cross the Thames. JNW2 (talk) 20:28, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

Change of name[edit]

The article says the river was earlier known as the Pequot. Anyone know when and why it was changed to Thames? Presumably by that time there was no longer anyone around with a memory of how the English Thames was pronounced. Flapdragon (talk) 19:32, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

Believe it or not, the Thames is called the THAMes (not the Tems) because that's the way it was pronounced when the New London Colony was founded. The British river's name "drifted" with the rise of the House of Hanover and the changes made to British English in the 1700s. Pequot was the name given by the local Native Americans. I've added a citation [1]. Markvs88 (talk) 01:20, 9 August 2010 (UTC) (talk) 12:35, 30 September 2012 (UTC)As a 57 year resident of New London County, I'm perplexed that anyone should decide a "citation needed" for the common pronunciation...who the heck are you to question this? Seriously, there are many names in New England that are not pronounced the way they are in the country from which the names came, e.g., Norwich, Groton, Versailles, here in Connecticut, but there is no possible "citation" except common usage in the area. Considering local variations on Norwich for example, "Nawitch", "Nawrwich", "Norch", even common usage is a shaky citation for pronunciation, so it seems to me that demanding citations for pronunciation of names is foolish and pompous at best.

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