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places/travel LA City Names: What Do They Mean?

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The cities in the Los Angeles county area have some unique names, and most of them have interesting meanings behind them.
Acton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list LA City Names: What Do They Mean?
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Acton


The name given to the local railroad station of the Southern Pacific in the mid 1870’s was taken from one the Actons in the east. see more on Acton
Altadena is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list LA City Names: What Do They Mean?
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Literally means "Upper Dena," referring to its location relative to Pasadena. The name was applied in 1887. see more on Altadena
Alvarado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list LA City Names: What Do They Mean?
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Alvarado


Named after Juan B. Alvarado, governor of Mexican California 1836-1842. see more on Alvarado
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Antelope Valley


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Named for the graceful animal once found throughout California.
Atwater Village is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list LA City Names: What Do They Mean?
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Named for early resident Harriet Atwater Paramore. see more on Atwater Village
Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list LA City Names: What Do They Mean?
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Baldwin


Named for E.J. "Lucky" Baldwin. see more on Baldwin
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Bandini


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Named for Juan Bandini, a powerful local ranch owner. see more on Bandini
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Bel Air


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Named for developer Alfonso Bell. see more on Bel Air