Somehow, this seems to be an appropriate story for an Easter weekend: City of Angels' First Name Still Bedevils Historians by Bob Pool Los Angeles Times 03/26/05.
What historians cannot agree on is the name given to Los Angeles when its Spanish founders formed it Sept. 4, 1781.
The early settlers meant to name the town after angels; that much is known. But for more than 75 years, local historians have been quarreling over its actual moniker.
Some contend it was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles.
Others assert it was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de los Angeles.
Or perhaps it was El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula. Or El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de los Angeles del Rio Porciuncula. Or maybe El Pueblo de la Reina de los Angeles Sobre el Rio de Porciuncula. Or Pueblo del Rio de Nuestra Señora la Reyna de los Angeles de Porciuncula.
How about plain old Ciudad de los Angeles?
It's one of those fascinating little tidbits of history. And apparently, there no definitive answer yet on the original name.