As I wrote in my post about Lake Hiawatha, many New Jersey town names are derived from Native American words.
For example, the very nice borough (sometimes spelled "boro") of Metuchen is named for the Indian chief Metuching.
Metuchen is located in Middlesex County, completely surrounded by the much larger Edison Township, like a hole in a doughnut.
Just about 100 years ago, Metuchen had many intellectuals living and working in the town. The prosperous community of Glen Ridge had many intellectuals of their own and they decided that they were obviously a smarter town and they would claim bragging rights to the title.
Metuchen responded to the challenge, and had a contest with Glen Ridge to decide which was the “brainy boro.” Metuchen won, and the name has stuck. Metuchen has never forgotten this, and has been bragging about this for the last century.
To prove this, here are some links:
Metuchen: The Historic Brainy Boro (the town website)
Metuchen Living: People Events and Places in the Brainy Boro: Co-Working in the Brainy Boro
How Did the Brainy Boro Get Its Name?
The Brainy Borough (List of intellectuals that earned Metuchen the name)
Recently, there was a vaguely worried article on NJ.com about Metuchen’s downtown area, although the author assured readers that “plenty of people have moved to the Brainy Borough because they liked its vibrant, walkable downtown."
Not to worry. Not only is the official motto of the town “The Official Brainy Borough” but one of the two post office branches is still called the “Brainy Boro Station.”
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