Search: waltham mn
Why: Zack's family lives there.
Answer: No leads on the Waltham, MN, front (or Waltham Township, MN), though it was settled in 1855.
- Waltham, MA, was first settled in 1634, and the name apparently means "home in the woods."
- Sure enough, the town of Waltham Abbey in Essex (England) has a note: the name Waltham derives from weald or wald "forest" and ham "homestead" or "enclosure."
- Likewise, the town of Waltham in Lincolnshire says: Waltham is a Saxon name. This does not mean they were the first settlers, as identified Roman artifacts prove otherwise. There was, however, a substantial Saxon settlement on the site of the first village. Its first part 'Walt' refers to woodland or an area of high forest and the last part 'Ham' refers to either an estate or a village. It is possible that they (the Saxons) could have changed the name from 'Wealdhant', which is an Old English name. Its meaning is the same as the Saxons, the first part 'Ald' prefixed by (WE), meant settlement and 'Hant' meant a wooded estate.
The More You Know: People in Minnesota say Waltham like "WALL-thum," but people in Massachusetts pronounce it "WALL-THAM."