From the Queens Chronicle's trivia contest:
Answer All Three Questions
1. What year did the U.S. Open move from Forest Hills to Flushing Meadows Park?
2. Name three famous musicians from Queens.
3. Who is the borough of Queens named after?
Okay. 1 and 2 are easy. But 3 is a trick question. What they probably want you to say is that Queen Catherine of Braganza is the person after whom Queens is named. But that would disqualify you. Why? Let's consult an expert. From the NY Times:
Jim Driscoll, vice president for history at the Queens Historical Society...
"I never really understood the Catherine-Queens connection," he said. "She probably didn't even know Queens existed."
Catherine was no ordinary royal: married to King Charles II of England, she was a Portuguese princess whose family benefited from the slave trade and persecuted Jews in Europe. The borough was supposedly named for her.
Behind the planned removal [of her portrait from borough hall] is a widespread, if contested, belief that Brooklyn, or Kings County, is named for Charles II and that Catherine, his wife, served the same role for Queens. Historians say these stories are unproven, but many residents of Queens say that, regardless, Catherine should not be a symbol of a borough that bubbles with cultural diversity.
And from Wikipedia:
Although some have claimed that Queens, a borough of New York City, was named after Catherine of Braganza, her name is not mentioned in the first 200 years of historical documents that have been preserved in the county archives. She was, however, queen when Queens County was established, alongside Kings County (Brooklyn) in 1683.
I'll explain this simply...
"Queens County" is named after the title, not a particular queen.
"Kings County" is named after the title, not a particular king.
"President Street" is named after the title, not a particular president.
"Governors Island" is named after the title, not a particular governor.
The entire Queen Catherine movement was nothing more than a Claire Shulman tweeding effort. Sadly, they are teaching this shit to kids in school (see p. 92).
Make sure that when you enter the contest, you put the right answer!