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What’s in a name? A lesson in E. Hampton history

A Town of East Hampton map of

A Town of East Hampton map of "Scenic Areas of Statewide Significance" outlines the area of Accabonac Harbor. Photo Credit: Town of East Hampton

Anyone who has scratched the surface of East Hampton history -- or perhaps just seen one of its high school sporting events -- may have wondered: What is a Bonacker anyway?

Derived from the word Accabonac, which is also the name of a harbor in East Hampton, Bonacker is not only the East Hampton High School mascot, but historically, a name given to someone who fished or clammed in the harbor. It is also a name for their descendants.

Barbara Borsack, deputy mayor of East Hampton Village, delves into the subject on her personal blog, Life Out Here. Borsack explains how the name transformed from a derogatory term to a source of pride and, more recently, the source of many questions.


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