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In 1961, locals submitted names they liked for the new Boston football team in the AFL and the Boston Patriots was the most popular. The name references the central role of Massachusetts in the American Revolution.
When the Patriots moved their operations to Foxborough, MA in 1971, they originally chose "Bay State Patriots" as the new name, but it was rejected, and so they settled on New England Patriots (which is more of a regional name).

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