How Did Gotham City Get its Name and How Did the Nickname for Batman’s Hometown Originate?

“Gotham City” is a nickname for New York and was introduced by Washington Irving in 1807 as the home of fast-talking know-it-alls.

Irving got the name from a legend about King John, who wanted to build a regal estate near the actual Gotham in England.

He was discouraged when the citizens, not wanting to pay the added taxes, enacted a plan of feigning madness, like real New Yorkers.

how did gotham city get its name and how did the nickname for batmans hometown originate

The objection caused the king to change his mind in a “Gotham minute.”

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