The Origins Of Nashville Neighborhood Names

Dated: 06/17/2015

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by TJ Anderson


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Mental Floss magazine shared a cool listicle last month that outlines how Nashville neighborhoods, from Belmont to Woodbine, got their names. It brings out some fun trivia — it’s not exactly hard to guess where East Nashville got its name, but it’s kinda fun to find out that the “blue” in Historic Bluefields came from the blue Chicory flowers growing all around there in the late 18th century.


Whether you’re pretty well-versed in Nashville history or totally blank on it, it’s an entertaining read. 


I picked out a few choice bits from Mental Floss’ explanations here, and added some homes on the market now in those areas, for a little mix of then and now:


Donelson

Then: The “Donelson” who gave the area its name is Colonel John Donelson, who helped settle the area that became Nashville alongside James Robertson (a name we see plenty around here) in the late 1700s.


Now: 

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2113 June Dr.

Nashville, TN 37214 

$183,000

Feeling priced out of the cute-brick-midcentury-homes world in East Nashville? Here’s a well-kept 3 bedroom in Donelson for well under $200,000, with almost an acre of land.


Inglewood

Then: A more multi-layered naming process than you might expect, starting with the Englewood Forest in England, which influenced the naming of the Inglewood Land Company, which led to the Inglewood Place subdivision, now this East Nashville neighborhood’s name.


Now:

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1416 Riverwood Dr.

Nashville, TN 37216 

$295,000

A really unique and really cute 1950 charmer with 4 beds, 2 baths, a cool sunken living room, fenced yard and great updated kitchen, right down the way from the restaurants and shops of Riverside Village.


Lockeland Springs

Then: There is an actual Lockeland Spring — named for the Lockeland Mansion in this popular East Nashville corner — and its water was once bottled for sale.


Now:

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1112 Gartland Ave.

Nashville, TN 37206 

$535,000

Picture-perfect Lockeland Springs: Built in 1920 and with all the historic touches to show it (pocket doors, beautiful trim, clawfoot tubs), plus impeccable modern updates.


Melrose

Then: Cynthia Pillow Saunder named her mid-19th century Melrose Estate after the Scottish town Melrose, as a nod to her family, and the area — now a buzzing dining and hanging-out stop — took up the name.


Now:

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2312A Vaulx Ln.

Nashville, TN 37204

$649,900

Brand new contemporary cool with stylish fixtures, finishes and features, top to bottom. The artful curb appeal gives a good indication of what’s inside.


Woodbine

Then: A newer name for this South Nashville corner — it was known as Flat Rock, apparently after an actual flat rock that was once a Native American meeting place. Lack of resident love brought the new name in the late 30s, which comes from a honeysuckle.


Now:

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225 Morton Ave.

Nashville, TN 37211 

$199,900

A sweet cottage in this rapidly rising area, built in 1946 and well kept into 2015. A great pick for first-time buyers, with 2 beds and 1 bath.


For more about the origins of Nashville neighborhood names, visit Mental Floss’ website.


If you’re intrigued by any of these homes or neighborhoods — or are looking for something totally different in Middle Tennessee — we’d love to help you find your place. Reach out and tell us about your house hunt!


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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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