The term knickerbocker had a long time history in New York since its Dutch ancestors settled there in the 1600s. Later, a satire was written about the city by famous author Washington Irving using the pseudonym Dieterich Knickerbocker. This book was known as Knickerbocker’s History of New York. The Knickerbocker began to be linked to everything in New York. The team owner, Ned Irish asked people to put suggestions of the team name into a hat and most of the names pulled was of the Knickerbockers.