WHY WE CHOSE THE NAME JONQUIL
We chose the Jonquil name because it is the name of a flower (called Jonquil, see below (“What is a Jonquil?)) that helps keep the city beautiful. Our hope is that our service to others will reflect the beauty, design, and purpose given to this world by our common Creator. Ultimately, He is the primary source of all that’s good, clean and beautiful.
THE NAME SMYRNA; WHY IT’S CALLED THE JONQUIL CITY:
The name Smyrna was selected by the city's Founding Fathers from the Bible - a common practice in 18th century America. It was the name of one of the churches established by the Apostle Paul in present-day Turkey.
We’re certain you’ve seen the lovely yellow flowers in the Smyrna area during the springtime. Traditional history says that the Jonquils, today's official city symbol, were introduced to Smyrna by Samuel Taylor and his wife who moved in 1883. The Taylors had a son who lived in Spokane, Washington. He sent his parents a burlap sack from there with what are believed to be the area's first Jonquil bulbs. The Taylors shared the bulbs with friends and neighbors. The flowers quickly multiplied and came back every year with very little care. Thus began the tradition of planting Jonquils in Smyrna, and why the city would eventually be called The Jonquil City.
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BEHIND THE NAME
WHAT IS A JONQUIL?
Jonquil (pronounced "JAHN-kwil" with a soft "j" almost pronounced like a "z") is a French word derived from the Latin iuncus, meaning "rush" which might be in reference to it's leaves. There seems to be some confusion as to what a jonquil exactly is. Basically they are a type of daffodil and narcissus called Narcissus Jonquilla. This variety originated in southern Europe and northern Africa. The word Jonquil is most often used in the American south, where it is used to describe all daffodils and narcissus'. They look exactly like daffodils to my untrained eye.