Londrina was named after the British entrepreneurs who launched railroad
stations in the region to ease the transportation of coffee grains from
northern Paraná and southern Sao Paulo states to the port of Santos. The Londrina name pays homage to the English capital London (Londres in Portuguese), since an English cotton company made the
original investment to settle in this area. The city's population
consists of descendants of those settlers, Brazilians from other cities
or states, Portuguese, English, Japanese, Italian, German, Polish,
African, Spanish, Native, Arabian and Bulgarian Brazilians.