Kentucky Place Names (Google eBook)

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University Press of Kentucky
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Page xii - That is, American names, including most of those with obviously non-English origins, are either significant in terms of their meanings to the namers or in their historical association with the places they identify; or else they merely identify these places.
Page xii - Since very few namers ever recorded their reasons for naming, let alone the events that led to the naming, and traditional accounts have always been suspect, we invariably find ourselves accepting, or even seeking, ex post facto explanations.

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