Posted by Bookworm on October 24, 2002
According to Merriam Webster, johnnycake is bread made from cornmeal and probably originated from a person named Johnny. However, I've heard another story. Early American settlers ate this on long trips so they called it 'journey cake'. Over the years "journey" came to be pronounced "johnny", hence johnnycake. It sounds plausible enough, is there any proof of this theory?