A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 24, 2011
Corpus Christian (inhabitant of Corpus Christi)

“Corpus Christian” is the name of an inhabitant of Corpus Christi, Texas. The name “Corpus Christian” has been cited in print since at least 1848.
Wikipedia: Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a coastal city in the South Texas region of the U.S. state of Texas. The county seat of Nueces County, it also extends into Aransas, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties. The MSA population in 2008 was 416,376. The population was 305,215 at the 2010 census making it the eighth-largest city in the state. It is the principal city of the three-county Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger Corpus Christi-Kingsville Combined Statistical Area. The translation from Latin of the city’s name is Body of Christ, given to the settlement by the Spanish, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharist). The city has been nicknamed the “Sparkling City by the Sea”, particularly in literature promoting tourism.
The city is home to the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Port Of Corpus Christi, the 5th largest port in the nation and is served by the Corpus Christi International Airport.
City Dictionary—Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christians: Not based on any religious affiliation, but rather what one is called that is from Corpus Christi.
The Portal to Texas History
11 October 1848, Texas Democrat (Austin, TX), pg. 2, col. 2:
It however behooves the citizens of all the last named places to be up and doing in this matter, and not let the Corpus Christians get too great a start of them in the business.
30 June 1858, Houston (TX) Weekly Telegraph, pg. 1, col. 5:
The Valley says Corpus Christi is rapidly improving. Immigration is on the increase. Real estate is sought and purchased at advancing prices, and houses to let are very scarce. The Valley wisely advises the Corpus Christians to erect a few more small cottages.
8 April 1862, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, pg. 3, col. 2:
CORPUS CHRISTI NEWS.—Through the politeness of Mr. Cotton, of Corpus CHristi, we are in possession o the following news from Corpus Christi, which establishes the fact that the Corpus Christians not only watch but they prey occasionly upon the enemy.
The Portal to Texas History
13 June 1884, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 8, col. 5:
The San Diego gun club and Corpus Christi club are about to have a shooting match to come off here on the 12th inst. The Corpus Chrstians are the challengers.
Google Books
Garner’s Modern American Usage
By Bryan A. Garner
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Pg. 238:
Corpus Christi…Corpus Christian

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Saturday, December 24, 2011 • Permalink

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