Howdy, Chucktown. Or should we say Holy City? Chas? Whatever your choice of name for Charleston may be, have you ever thought about where it originated from?
While there’s no deep-seated mystery behind any of Charleston’s nicknames, they all have a little bit of history that makes them significant. Here is a rundown of six of the most popular monikers for our beloved city:
Chucktown | Charleston was originally known as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II – which is how the shortened “Chuck” came about.
Holy City | While some claim this name is due to the vast array of churches lining the downtown streets, its origin dates back to the 1700s when settlers + immigrants from all over the world came to Charleston and brought numerous religions with them – all of which Charleston was tolerant.
Silicon Harbor | Have you heard of the Charleston Digital Corridor? Charleston is booming with tech startups, which is how it scored the nickname “Silicon Harbor.” Think: a coastal version of Silicon Valley, C.A.
The Big Sweetgrass Basket | Hand-woven sweetgrass baskets have been a southern tradition since the 17th century + are hard to miss when taking a stroll through the city, making this an appropriate nickname.
Chas | This one is pretty self-explanatory: just a catchy little abbreviation.
CHS | The Charleston International Airport code + the best newsletter in town. 💁♀️