Another interesting one from family history. My good, Southern great-grandfather had the middle name Boston. I thought that was odd - he'd probably never set foot in Mass., after all. It turned out that his grandfather's first name was Boston. OK, but still a Southerner, so, why? The grandfather's grandfather came over from the Old Country (Alsace), and was named Sebastian. He went by "Bastain" as a nickname once he arrived in South Carolina. It got modified as time went on in America, such that Boston became a recognized name in the family, but has nothing whatever to do with the city.