FORT LAUDERDALE – What’s in a name?

For nearly 100 years, South Florida’s second most populated county has held the name Broward – but that might change.

The Tower Forum in downtown Fort Lauderdale is having an interesting presentation on whether Broward County should be renamed Fort Lauderdale County, reports the South Florida Business Journal.

The website for the Jan. 10 breakfast forum notes that Fort Lauderdale is a familiar destination, but Broward County is much-less known.

Perhaps that’s why what used to be called Dade County is now Miami-Dade County.

Such a name change would put the county’s namesake in line with that of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the public-private economic development arm, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, the county’s tourism agency.

What do you think? Click here to participate in the South Florida Business Journal’s Biz Pulse survey and tell the publication whether you want to keep Broward or make the switch.

In case you are wondering about the origins of the names: Broward was formed in 1915 from parts of Dade and Palm Beach counties and given the name of Gov. Napoleon B. Broward, who is known for championing the drainage of the Everglades. Fort Lauderdale is named after a fort commanded by Major William Lauderdale during the Second Seminole War.

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