La Milpa is well loved by Milpitians. Who? Um…people from the place of the little cornfields, of course!
In Spanish, it’s Milpitas – as in La Milpa means the cornfield.
(I know, I know, bad flashbacks to that one episode of “The Twilight Zone.”)
San Jose is Saint Joe (*I’m born and raised in San Jose, so I better know THAT one)
Santa Clara is Saint Clare
Palo Alto is tall stick – after the a tall coastal redwood tree names El Palo Alto
Los Altos – the tall ones
Los Gatos is the cats
Sunnyvale got its name because it was sunny while nearby regions had fog. Duh 🙂
– Chris Jackson