# What the Wakeby distribution is named after?

Quoting from paper Int. J. Climatol. 21: 1371–1384 (2001)

The Wakeby distribution (WAD), defined by Thomas and introduced by Houghton (1978), is defined by the quantile function: $$x(F) = \xi + \alpha \frac{1 - \left(1-F\right)^\beta}{\beta} - \gamma \frac{1 - \left(1-F\right)^{-\delta}}{\delta}$$

The article by Houghton, "Birth of a Parent: The Wakeby distribution for modeling flood flows" only says the following about the name:

This paper introduces a new five-parameter distribution, which we have named the Wakeby, ...

Harold A. Thomas, Jr. was Houghton's Ph.D. advisor.

Q: Who or what is the Wakeby distribution named after?