|Gaspar de Portola|
- Portola Drive and the Portola District: This section of town is named after the never married Gaspar de Portola, the Spanish Explorer that discovered the San Francisco Bay Area. Because of the fog and the small opening into the bay, sea captains had passed by for many years without ever knowing of the great possibilities that existed in this area.
- Angel Island Cove: Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala was the first European to actually sail through the Golden Gate, and he set about naming several of the places around the bay. Ayala Cove on Angel Island is named after him.
- Alcatraz (Isla de Alcatraces): This now famous island was named by Ayala, and it means the "island of pelicans."
- Sausalito (Saucelito): This trendy area of the bay was also named by Ayala, and it means "little thicket of willows."
Source: Historic San Francisco: A Concise History and Guide. by Rand Richards