Geneva is a city in Ontario and Seneca counties in the U.S. state of New York. The population was 13,617 at the 2000 census. Some claim it is named after the city and canton of Geneva in Switzerland. Others believe the name came from confusion over the letters in the word "Seneca" written in cursive. Strangely, it is the namesake of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Geneva's Ontario County portion (which is most of the city) is surrounded by the town of Geneva. The city says it is the "Lake Trout Capital of the World."
The site was originally the Seneca Native American village of Kanadasaga. It became a strongpoint after being fortified by the British against the French and later against the Americans. The village was abandoned following its destruction by the punitive Sullivan Expedition of 1779, but resettled by Europeans around 1793 as a town developed by the Pulteney Association. The "Village of Geneva" was incorporated in 1806, 1812, and 1871, formally separating it from the surrounding area of Geneva Town. Later the village became a city. Col. Seth Reed and his family settled in Geneva around 1790 before moving to Erie, Pennsylvania.