Who you calling what?

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The recent discussion about a certain word for Troy and its residents got us thinking about what you call people from the Capital Region's different towns, villages, and hamlets.

A handful of the names are easy. For another handful, we had to dig a little. And for the rest -- we have no idea. But you maybe do.

The list we've compiled so far is after the jump. If you have anything to add/correct -- please share!

Here's a 1991 TU article that covers some of these names (and casts doubt on names such as "Clifton Parker.")

Earlier: Capital Region or Capital District?

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The obvious moniker for Halfmoon residents is Halfmooners.

Yes, Scotians are called Scotians, and Schenectady houses Schenectadians. However, I've never heard Rensselaerites in 20 years of living there, and the city is locally pronounced "Rentler."

And I'd suggest the people of Malta, which could hardly have less in common with its world-famous namesake, might try styling themselves as "Knights Templar."

Kinderhook = Kinderhookers :)

A few to help fill out the list:





Steverinos (Stephentown)

@Carl: I came across "Rensselaerites" at Bath-on-Hudson -- and I trust Beth on matters Rensselaer related.

@Bob: I was hoping for Halfmooners, too. I couldn't find a reference, though.

I've heard "Bethlehemians" to describe, well, Bethlehemians.

Wouldn't "Malta" be "Maltese"?

Kinderhookers of course!

Valatians = Valatie (That's "Vuh-lay-shins" and "Vuh-lay-shuh". Valatie is a small village in Columbia County, not an STD. Most of "Kinderhook" is actually Valatie.)

My dad's always called himself a "Troy Boy" or a "Fightin' Boy from Troy" but he's pretty crazy.

I think I am a Rotterdamian.

I have a suggestion for Coxsackie, but I don't want to get yelled at.

@Naomi: Heh. That came up in a recent conversation. But according to that TU article I just added in an update, it's "Kinderhookians."

@Rob: If only!

@Mike R: You're right -- I found a few references.

@Alex: Also right -- confirmed by that TU story.

Questions answered:


You're welcome.

Reading the word "Steverinos" literally made me do a clap while laughing. Well played,

If I had to grow up being called a "Red Hooker" (double value on the jokes since I have red hair), then I'm going to get behind "Kinderhooker."

I like "Albanian," but it seems like it should have some other pronunciation.


Yes, I always referred to those from Kinderhook [such as myself] as "Kinderhookers". Also, Niverville = "Nivervillians"

I've never seen a term to describe residents of Colonie, and I've lived in this town for 20 years. (Not Colonists!)

Is there any chance that the people who live in the old canal community of Crescent, immediately adjacent to Halfmoon, would allow us to call them "Croissants"?

I don't know that this offers any insight, but it's interesting information on suffixes:


Weird, I figured people from Berne should be called "Bernies."

I'm glad Cohoes has one of the more fun names to pronounce.

What's with the potty reference? It's childish.
There is a nice and age-tested concept of "Trojans" (with or without the horse)

How about Troyalty? Is that considered offensive? I kinda like it.

Can't we call them Cohooligans?

I am a recent transplant to Glenmont. Am I perhaps a Glenmountaineer?

Posts like this are why I adore AOA.


Anyone remember the episode from the TV show TAXI where Jim was watching cable tv in his room and he "... listens as the Delaware legislature begins to announce the decision, they will be called "Delawarians." Alex rushes back in to argue with the TV, he preferred Delawarites, even though he lives in New York."

Aide, should Wilton be Wiltonites ?

Folks from Grafton should be called Graftonites!

As a native Kinderhooker (Nivervillian if we're getting technical although the mailing address would lead you to believe I'm a Valatian..), I can assure you, we've always called ourselves Kinderhookers.

A friend of mine started jokingly calling Cohoes "the Cohizzle". That moniker implies that its residents are "Cohizzlians".

As a native of Schaghticoke, it's perfectly suitable to refer to us as "Schaghticokians", but you're looking for a black eye if you call us S'Cokeheads.

My wife used to mispronounce Voorheesville as "Voyeursville." So it should be the Voorheesville Voyeurs.

Rensselaer is inhabited by "Rentlers".

I've been debating Clifton Park ever since I moved here. I vote for Cliftonites, 'cause it sounds like Kryptonite. But Cliftonian would also work, I guess. (Not a fan of "Parker" -- after all, we don't say "Ballston Spa-ite" or "Saratoga Springsian.")

This post makes my day!

what about brunswick and our brunswickians?

Personally, I call Cohoes, "the Big Coheezy" in reference to it's similarity to "the Big Easy"...

Cohizzlian is definitely the right term, although Cohoesier does have a nice ring to it!

I second Valatians for Valatie and third Kinderhookers.

While we're on Columbia County, I think folks in Chatham call themselves Chathamites.

"back in the day" we called the kids from clifton park/Shen - 'farmers' - you see, there was a lot of farm land up there and we were from the great suburb across the river....guessing that isn't used any more... i feel so old

Seconding Voorheesvillians!

Raised for 18 years on Brookview Road, attended CHS, and never in my LIFE have I head the term "Schodackers."

East Greenbush is EG or the Bush. As in, "I'll be home in EG on break, you going to be around?" or "I'm stuck back in the Bush until I get out of my parent's basement."

Renssealer IS Rentler, but I haven't heard its residents called that. It's more along the same lines of Colonie being pronounced 'Col'nie' and Albany becoming "Alb'ny." We don't really believe in third syllables here in the Capital District.

People from Clifton Park are velveeta-eaters.

Albanian as a term for residents of Albany seems sensible. Albany apparently became a term for all or part of Scotland because it was an anglicized form of Albania, a term used by the Romans for the territory occupied by the Picts. It seems they made some association between the Picts and a population present then in the Eastern European area they also referred to as Albania.

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