Wellesley vs Swellesley: Is it time to Retire the Nickname? [POLL]
For some, the name conjures an image of a conservative Wellesley. The town's voting record may not back that up, so is it time to pick a new name?
What's in a nickname? How about a nickname like "Swellesley"?
The nickname hearkens to having the perfect car, the perfect house, and the perfect family. Joshua Dorin, writer of the Wellesley History blog, suggests that the image may give Wellesley a reputation of being more conservative than it is.
He says that the image non-residents have, mostly those in the comment section of Boston.com and other websites which reference the town.
Many of these comments suggest that most people living in Wellesley are “snobby,” “disgustingly rich,” and “strongly conservative.” I even hear current and past residents of Wellesley describe the town as such.
However, the town went Democrat in the last election, over 8000 votes to a little over 6000 for the Republican ticket. Since the late 1950s, as a chart on the blog post tracks, the trend has been less and less conservative votes--from a little over 80 percent to closer to 40 in the last election.
What does "Swellesley" mean to you? And if it captures that conservative vibe, is it time to retire the epithet? Take the poll below, and leave your comments.