Novi, Michigan

Are you a history buff?

Would you love to move to a city with historic mystery?

Hello and happy Thursday! The end of the week is in sight! I have to admit, I love history. I was one of those nerds in school that actually enjoyed reading their history books. I think that is one of the reasons why I am so drawn to Novi, Michigan.

Where Novi got its name is actually unknown, however, there are many theories. These theories include a romantic plot, a logical idea, and many others. According to the City of Novi’s historical page, there are 9 theories on how Novi was crowned with the name, Novi.

Novi was once known as West Farmington when the first post office was established in 1827. The first man to make his claim on Novi was John Gould, and he was named postmaster of the township and actually ran the office out of his house.

It wasn’t long until the township started growing, and it became time for West Farmington to have a name of its own. Somehow, between 1827 when the post office was established and 1830, the township became Novi, the city we know and love today.

The Romantic Theory

This theory, believe it or not, comes from Yugoslavia and is the most recent theory. Once there lived a Muslim girl who met and fell in love with one of Napoleon’s soldiers. She left her family and her beliefs to marry this young soldier. They came and settled in the “wilds of Michigan”. In Yugoslavia, Novi means “new”. You can picture that maybe Novi was a new beginning for this young couple.

The Widely Accepted Theory

Novi was the 6th or (No. VI) township in the southwest part of Oakland County. The number, No. VI, was merged and became the name, Novi.

The Blacksmith’s Wife Theory

According to the City of Novi,

The humorous anecdote regarding the blacksmith-preacher whose wife's name was Vivian, or "Vi": ... The blacksmith-preacher was most awfully tight and forever vetoed any spending suggestions from his wife... It was always "No Vi" to anything until his place was referred to by the whole neighborhood as, "down to No Vi's" then as "No Vi's Corners", and then just plain, "Novi".”

If you want to read more about the origins of Novi’s name and the rest of the theories, visit the city’s website.

None of these theories have yet to be confirmed, and that is why the name Novi is such a historical mystery.