Historian Fred Shoken observes the mystery that early documents refer to our principal city as "Baltemore" ("Happy birthday, Baltemore!" Aug. 7). The city got its name indirectly from Charles Calvert Lord Baltimore, who got his title from an Irish town called Baltimore, which is an anglicization of the Irish "Baile an Tí Mhóir" meaning "town of the big house." Since the state prison or "big house" is indeed in Baltimore, this is an appropriate if unflattering appellation. Meanwhile the Irish town of Baltimore is now called by another name in Irish. Go figure.
John Culleton, Eldersburg