Tottenham found a playing area near Northumberland Park, an area which by repute was owned by the family of Sir Henry Percy, alias Hotspur, made famous by Shakespeare in Henry IV.
But London already had a Hotspur club that laid claim to an inheritance of Sir Henry Percy – London Hotspur. The Percy family lived at Syon Park, which is south of the river, and that is where London Hotspur played.
What Tottenham were doing in adopting this name was several things. Firstly they were trying to find a romantic link through the Northumberland Park region to the hero Harry Hotspur. Second they were trying to take the name of the club London Hotspur, who themselves were getting a reputation. Third they were trying to give themselves instant fame, an instant reputation.