5th Finglish trip July 2007 #30
Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Mullikkamäki in Finnish, mullikka meaning a bull calf in English. Originally only the north bank of the Raccoon Creek was known as Mullica Hill, recalling the town's pioneering Finnish settlers, Eric, John, Olag and William Mullica who first began purchasing land here in 1704. Two of the homes they built still stand on North Main near the Raccoon Creek.
Their father, Eric Sr., born in Sweden in 1636 of Finnish parents, immigrated to the Delaware Valley in the mid-seventeenth century. The Mullica family traces its origins to a tiny village in south central Finland also named Mullica Hill, Mullikkamäki. Thus the village holds the distinction of having one of the few place names of Finnish origin in the Middle-Atlantic region.
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