The origins of the name NOB HILL.
Nob Hill was originally called the Clay St Hill or the California St Hill.
The word Nob, is derived from and is a contraction of the Hindu word nabob or nawwab: "a person, especially a European, who has made a large fortune in India or another country of the East; a very wealthy or powerful person." In the late 1800’s, when the millionaires began building their palaces on it, and the hill became internationally known as the home of California’s super-wealthy Bonanza Kings and Big Four Railroad barons. An English cockney satirically called it Nob Hill, a “nob” in cockney meaning an ostentatious snob. The name stuck.
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