Grenada County, Mississippi

How Grenada Got Its Name!

William Wright wrote an article in the The Grenada Sentinel on July 14, 1936 on the 100 year anniversary of the marriage of two towns and the formation of Grenada.

"There are two legends and I offer them here:

In 1832, the distingushed American author, Washington Irving, wrote The Alhambra. This book was immensely popular and widely read. The reader probably knows that the Alhambra is a beautiful moorish palace in Granada, Spain. A portion of this book was written in the ancient palace of the moorish kings. This book was no doubt the best seller of American literature of that day, and as elsewhere, the people of Tullahoma and Pittsboro read it with delight. When the two towns decided to unite their destinies, they agreed to select a new name for the young town, and GRANADA was selected, although it was decided to angelicize the spelling and so it was spelled GRENADA and under that name, for better or worse, foresaking all others they have lived happily ever after.

The other version, and the one more appropos, is that Grenada is an Indian name, and in the language of the Indians of this section (there were many Indians here at that time) meant "married". This too is the more colorful legend and the one I would like to believe, but as the historian should be correct in his statements, I must confess that I do not know which version is correct, but I am confident that one of these is correct."


Grenada County Coordinator: Sandy Ward