“Joplinia-Lambscott” (often shortened to “Joplinia”) may, to those aficionados of early jazz, appear as a combination of the Big Three of ragtime. While it is true that many of the first settlers of Joplinia were ragtime fans, the name is coincidental. It instead commemorates the first three people of the Univerz-Steinbruck-Wang Joint Venture Ship #003 to set foot on the Pony Lands—Gary Joplin, David Lamb, and Rocquefort “Rochelle” Scott. All three were civil engineers who erected the first permanent structure of the Joplinians. Scott would later become the first Joplinian to become fluent in Equestrian, and published the first systematic study of Pony-Joplinian relations.
“Neighland” is an Anglicized form of Nêfjeillä, Equestrian for “land of the foxes.” The fox was (and still is) a common animal, and the most common predator, in the Neighlander region, particularly in the Clearmount River area. According to Neighlander lore, a fox led River Neigh, one of the first Earth Pony farmers in the area, to a wild cherry tree, which he developed into the Neighlander Ruby, the first distinct variety of cherry from the country.