There's a British Overseas Territory named South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and both parts of that have interesting stories. South Georgia was first spotted in 1675 by English merchant Anthony de la Roché, and it was referred to as Roche Island on early maps. Then James Cook landed on it in 1775 and named it the Isle of Georgia after King George III, and that name stuck for whatever reason (the South was added to differentiate from the state of Georgia). The South Sandwich Islands were also discovered and named by Cook in 1775, who named them Sandwich Land after John Montagu, the Earl of Sandwich and the guy the sandwich was named after. The South was added to differentiate the islands from another archipelago called the Sandwich Islands, which is now known as Hawaii. So there are no longer any North Sandwich Islands!
Hello! I'm Adam Aleksic, a senior studying government and linguistics at Harvard University, where I co-founded the Harvard Undergraduate Linguistics Society. In addition to etymology, I also really enjoy trivia, politics, vexillology, geography, board games, conlanging, art history, and law.