Extracts from the following book – Places not on Google Maps

These islands are 1,000 miles to the north of the Society Islands and are the remotest islands in the South Pacific. Captain Cook named them the Royal Society Islands after the Royal Society in London, but that was before he named the Society Islands, so rather than heading back north to name the Royal Society Islands something else, he made a note in his diary to change the name when he returned to London. Cook never made it back, of course, so the Royal Society changed the name to reflect the relative distance between the two island groups.