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ˈgɒθ əm, ˈgoʊ θəmgotham

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  1. Gothamnoun

    Nickname for New York City; Washington Irving gave the name Gotham to New York City in his Salmagundi Papers (1807).

  2. Gothamnoun

    name given to London by Richard Braithwaite in 'Barnabee's Journal' 1636: "I came to Gotham, where I saw many who were fools, if not all." Lat., Veni Gotham, ubi multos, Si non omnes, vidi stultos. 'Barnabae Itinerarium (1636)'.

  3. Gothamnoun

    A village in Nottinghamshire, England.

  4. Gothamnoun

    fictional city in Batman where the story mainly takes place.


  1. Gotham

    Gotham is a nickname often used to refer to New York City, particularly in literature, comics, and movies. It is typically portrayed as a dark, gritty, and crime-ridden metropolis, often associated with the superhero Batman. The term portrays a city with a complex urban landscape, multiple social issues, and a sense of grandeur and danger.


  1. Gotham

    Gotham is a village in Nottinghamshire, England, south of Nottingham and north-east of Kegworth. Gotham has a population of about 1,600. It is administered as part of the Rushcliffe district of Nottingham, and has a parish council. It has a twelfth-century church named after St Lawrence. The village is most famed for the stories of the "Wise Men of Gotham". These depict the people of the village as being stupid. However, the reason for the behaviour is believed to be that the villagers wished to feign madness in order to avoid a Royal Highway being built through the village, as they would then be expected to build and maintain this route. Madness was believed at the time to be highly contagious, and when King John's knights saw the villagers behaving as if insane, the knights swiftly withdrew and the King's road was re-routed to avoid the village. One of the mad deeds seen by the knights was a group of villagers fencing off a small tree in order to keep a cuckoo captive from the sheriff of Nottingham. One of the three pubs/inns in the village is known as The Cuckoo Bush Inn. Reminded of the foolish ingenuity of Gotham's residents, Washington Irving gave the name "Gotham" to New York City in his Salmagundi Papers. In turn, Bob Kane named the pastiche New York home of Batman, Gotham City. The existence of Gotham, Nottinghamshire in the DC Universe was recently acknowledged in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #206, although the connection between two names within the DCU has not been fully explained. In a story titled 'Cityscape' in Batman Chronicles #6 it is revealed that Gotham was initially built for the purpose of housing the criminally insane "I even have a name for it. We could call it 'Gotham' after a village in England - where, according to common belief, all are bereft of their wits."

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Gotham

    a village of N. Nottinghamshire, the natives of which were made a laughing-stock of for their foolish sayings and doings, an instance of the latter being their alleged joining hand in hand round a bush to hedge in a cuckoo.

Editors Contribution

  1. Gotham

    The Nottinghamshire pronunciation of Gotham is Go-Tham or Gowth-Ham

    The Nottinghamshire pronunciation of Gotham is Go-Tham or Gowth-Ham

    Submitted by lenny_p on November 13, 2020  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Gotham

    The city of New York. Washington Irving first gave it this name in his “Salmagundi.” Its people in his time were anything but fools, yet he may not have appreciated the singular wisdom attributed to them. By referring to the city as Gotham he made a playful allusion to Gotham in Nottinghamshire, England, which for centuries had merited a reputation for being a town whose inhabitants did and said the most foolish things.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gotham is ranked #28856 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gotham surname appeared 824 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gotham.

    94.5% or 779 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.3% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gotham in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gotham in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Gotham in a Sentence

  1. Karen Roseberry:

    Beverly Hills Vice Mayor Lili Bosse stressed that without consequences for crime, we have Gotham City. Her sentiments were shared by others on the council as well.

  2. Hershel Gerson:

    To me, the structure of that transaction would be to ensure that Gotham Green has a significant seat at the table should there be a need for a distress restructuring, i'm not convinced that [ MedMen is ] in the clear.

  3. Andreas Beer:

    If you have local protests in Hong Kong, or in Gotham City, in Lebanon, in Chile, these are very local issues, how do you connect your grievances with potentially global audience, from Kenya to Cambodia to Chile ? I think what you need is an item of current pop culture.

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  • Kathy Baker
    Kathy Baker
    gotham a village in n Nottinghamshire, the natives which were made a laughingstock for their foolish sayings and doings---gotham another name for new York city--from a poem by Washington irving where the subjects were both wise and foolish-- batman city. 
    LikeReply 29 years ago

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