Today Dad asked me where the name "Yankees" came from. A man from England asked him about it. Here's what I replied with;
From what I've heard, back in the late 1700s, and early 1800s, colonial Americans liked to pick on the Dutch. If food was bad, it was called Dutch food. If a house was bad, it was called a Dutch house. If a man was known to have bad habits or character, he was called "John Keys" - apparently a common Dutch name.
I guess the Dutch decided that enough is enough. They started calling the other colonial Americans the name the colonials had tried to pin on the Dutch; "John Keys." All the early Americans were soon being called "John Keys."
...However, Dutch pronunciation being what it is, we all became "Yan-kees."
Now, is that story correct? What have y'all heard?