Just realized that there was someone named Sandwich and is possibly why our sandwiches are called ‘sandwiches’. He is John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and below is, as always, an excerpt from Lord Sandwich’s Wikipedia entry. While Lord Sandwich himself did not invent sandwich, he provided a nice name for it. I can’t imagine calling ‘sandwiches’ something like ‘kahwees’.
The modern sandwich is possibly named after Lord Sandwich but not invented by him. However, the exact circumstances of the invention are still the subject of debate. A rumor in a contemporary travel book called Tour to London by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table. The sober alternative is provided by Sandwich’s biographer, N.A.M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his desk.
It is also possible that Sandwich’s Grisons Republic born brother-in-law, Jerome de Salis, taught him about sandwiches. (Source: Wikipedia)
Lord Sandwich’s incompetence in the Admiralty was said to have undermined the seaworthy efforts in the American Revolutionary War.
Okay, sort of learnt something new today but I better close Wikipedia before Wikipedia consumes me. Hungry after all the reading.