Queens City-Where did the name come from?
The Queen City is named after Queen Charlotte, wife of England’s King George III. But who was she and why do we have her name? Queen Sophia Charlotte may have been of mixed heritage, with African ancestors. As the city approaches its 250th anniversary, we find out more about our namesake.
We all know the Queen City was named after Queen Charlotte, wife of "Mad King" George III. But why? And who was she? When the town was chartered in 1768, King George and Queen Charlotte ruled the colonies. In order to stay in the King's good graces, the locals named their new township "Charlotte Town" in honor of the Queen. They also named the county after her German homeland Mecklenburg-Strelitz. It's doubtful the royals even noticed, but early Charlotteans tried nonetheless.