College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Yes. That indeed was Brown’s original name when it was first founded in 1764.

And yes. It was the most ridiculous name out of the all of the colonial colleges.  To give you some perspective, Harvard was called the New College and Yale, the Collegiate School. (Here is the complete list.) Perhaps we wanted to flaunt the long-winded name of our Colony in order to compensate for its embarrassingly tiny size.

But seriously: College in the English Colony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations! The BlogDailyHerald will give you ten dollars if you can successfully say that name in one breath. (Not really.)

Just thought you should know.