Where Did the New Jersey Accent Come From?


Accents fascinate me. When I hear a strong accent, I’ll spend a lot of time thinking about it, wondering why people speak differently from other regions. The other day I heard someone from New Jersey on NPR. They had that distinctive accent. The longer I listened, the more I began to hear the sound of my friend’s voice, Dirk, from Holland. Of course! The Dutch went in large numbers to the East Coast in the early 1600’s. New York was originally New Amsterdam. Dutch farmers migrated into the lands that are now referred to as New Jersey.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the American history novel, The Guild, Hester’s Goodwill. Available here:


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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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