Behind The Names
Cambridge, England is famous unto itself with noteworthy neighbors as well. Names like Milton, Clare, and Chesterton date back hundreds of years, and their descendants are synonymous with classic English literature and history.
A couple you’ll recognize from this collection:
- Newton – A nearby village and the surname of the great Sir Isaac Newton, who had maybe the most prolific inspiration from a tree as Voltaire described, “Sir Isaac Newton walking in his gardens, had the first thought of his system of gravitation, upon seeing an apple falling from a tree.”
- Wolfson – College at Cambridge that derives its name from the family patriarch Solomon Wolfson, a Scottish immigrant in the 19th century. He was a furniture maker along with his son who later built a retail business that grew into a conglomerate of DIY home-improvement stores.
- Chesterton – A suburb of Cambridge, but also the surname of the prolific 20th century author, G. K. Chesterton. Known for his nature analogies that help make sense of the complexities of the modern world, like his story, “The Wind and The Trees”. Chesterton recalls overhearing an exasperated 4-year-old boy caught in blustery conditions during a walk in Battersea Park. The torn sky and tossing trees pushed the lad to his limit and his fondly admired hat blew away. He said to his mother, “Well, why don’t you take away the trees, and then it wouldn’t wind.”