It's the surname of the founders.
Really?!? I never knew that.
Very common, that these "odd sounding" municipality names are merely the surname of some person.
Quick, call the networks!
I meant that in the Scranton area, nearly everyone knows that the place was named after the founder(s). Although most don't remember the first names. You may as well have said that you found on Wikipedia that the sky was blue and grass was green.
Well OK, smarty-pants, before I get admonished by an admin for roaming too far from the thread topic, who was Wilkes-Barre named after? (And no googling.)