Finnish Place Names - New Jersey


Finns Point
A cape in Pennsville township, Salem County. Shortly after the Swedes and Finns settled in Wilmington, Delaware in 1638, they migrated across the Delaware River into New Jersey where they found the area more suited to farming for those who were not interested in the trade business. The majority of the Finns settled near the Finn's Point Lighthouse and the Swedes in the area that had at one time been called Churchtown.

Source: Pennsville Township Historical Society / Dec. 27, 1999.


It is doubtful whether such appellations as Finns Point were ever bestowed by Finns. Rather, such names indicating nationality tend to have been given by individuals of other nationalities to identify certain places with the Old World background of their predominant inhabitants.

Source: Kaups 1966, p. 387.


"Almost immediately upon the first landing of the Finnish and Swedish colonists in 1638 on the west bank of the Delaware River at the present site of Wilmington, small groups of settlers crossed to the east bank and established farms in what is now New Jersey. A group of settlers from Finland established themselves a short distance south of the direct crossing, and this area remains until today known as Finns Point.
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Its present church, at the intersection of the Salem-Pennsgrove Highway and the Church-Landing Road, was selected by the New Sweden Tercentenary Commission of New Jersey as the appropriate site for the dedication of a memorial plaque on June 30, 1938, commemorating the pioneer settlements of this section, of which the largest was that of Finns Point, which actually lies about four miles southwest of the church although the name applied to the farm settlement covering a good deal of the area."

Source: Official program. Finnish tercentenary day. 300th anniversary of first Finnish settlement in America. Chester, Pennsylvania June 29, 1938.1938, 27 s.

Finn's Point National Cemetery
A cemetery in Salem County. May be of Finnish origin.

It is doubtful whether such appellations as Finns Point were ever bestowed by Finns. Rather, such names indicating nationality tend to have been given by individuals of other nationalities to identify certain places with the Old World background of their predominant inhabitants.

Source: Kaups 1966, p. 387.

Township of Mullica
A township in Atlantic County on Mullica River. Named after the Mullica family.
Mullica Hill
A populated place in Township of Harrison, Gloucester County, about 25 miles west of Glassboro at the junction of US-322 and SH-45. Founded by Eric Pålsson Mullica in the late 1600's. Formerly known as Spicerville. His father was Pål Jönsson Mullica who arrived with wife and children on the vessel Örnen in 1654, probably from Mora in Hälsingland (?), Sweden. The family Mullica had earlier immigrated to Sweden from Finland.
Mullica Hill Pond
A reservoir in Glocester County, on the southeastern border of Mullica Hill. Named after the Mullica family.
Mullica Landing Point
An airport in Atlantic County, 2 miles NW of Egg Harbor City. Named after the Mullica family.
Mullica River [variant names: Atsion River, Mullicas River, Mullicus Creek & Mullicus River]
A stream in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Ocean Counties. Named after Eric Pålsson Mullica, born in April 1636 in Mora, Delsbo parish, Hälsingland, Sweden. He lived for several years at Tacony, adjoining present Frankford Creek, Philadelphia, and later moved to Little Egg Harbor on the Atlantic coast on a river named after him, the Mullica River.

Source: Peter Stebbins Craig, New Sweden Settlers, 1638-1664. Part 6. -Swedish American Genealogist, 18(1998):3, p. 131.


Named after Eric Pålsson Mullica who settled about 15 miles inland at Lower Bank. His father was Pål Jönsson Mullica who arrived with wife and children on the vessel Örnen in 1654, probably from Mora in Hälsingland (?), Sweden. The family Mullica had earlier immigrated to Sweden from Finland.