It Won’t ‘Kill’ You to Know Why NYS Has so Many ‘Kills’
This is a follow up to information we wrote about in March of 2017.
You see it quite often, things in the State of New York that have the name 'Kill' in them. So what is a kill and why does New York have so many of them? So you are sitting around, spending time researching things that you never seemed to have time for? Yep, we are constantly doing it as well. Here is what we came up with in regards to this whole "kill" situation.
Let's just preface this with it is not anything to be scared of or nervous about. Here you go:
As a body of water, a kill is a creek.
The word comes from the Middle Dutch kille, meaning "riverbed" or "water channel". The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in the Delaware and Hudson Valleys and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea.
So the words we have used in our everyday speak include Fishkill, Peekskill, Wallkill, Catskill, Spackenkill -- any of these items will be near a body of water. The name Fishkill, according to the Village of Fishkill website:
Evolved from two Dutch words, “vis” (fish) and “kil” (stream or creek). Dutch immigrants, in the year 1714, searching for an acceptable location to settle and prosper, chose the area in and around the modern Village of Fishkill.
The name Peekskill is derived from the New Amsterdam resident Jan Peeck and evolved from Peeck's Kill, referring to the stream that ran through it, approx 1684.
So you can now congratulate yourself that all of your looking online, going down random links, looking at random pieces of information, you learned something. Now that you know what the term "kill" means, think about it when you are driving past a sign that marks one of them.