List of Washington county name etymologies


List of Washington county name etymologies

This is a list of Washington county name etymologies.

*Adams County, Washington: John Adams, the second president of the United States.
*Asotin County, Washington: The Nez Percé name for Eel Creek.
* Benton County, Washington: Thomas Hart Benton, a Missouri U. S. senator.
*Chelan County, Washington: A Native American word meaning "deep water", probably a reference to Lake Chelan.
*Clallam County, Washington: A Klallam word meaning "the strong people".
*Clark County, Washington: William Clark, the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
*Columbia County, Washington: The Columbia River.
*Cowlitz County, Washington: A Cowlitz word meaning "seeker" (in the spiritual sense).
*Douglas County, Washington: Stephen Arnold Douglas, the statesman and rival of Abraham Lincoln.
*Ferry County, Washington: Elisha P. Ferry, the first governor of Washington.
*Franklin County, Washington: Benjamin Franklin, the famous Founding Father, statesman, printer, and scientist.
*Garfield County, Washington: James Abram Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States.
*Grant County, Washington: Ulysses Simpson Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States.
*Grays Harbor County, Washington: Grays Harbor on the county's Pacific Ocean coastline.
*Island County, Washington: After the fact that it consists of just two islands, Whidbey Island and Camano Island.
*Jefferson County, Washington: Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.
*King County, Washington: William Rufus de Vane King, the thirteenth vice president of the United States. (The county was "renamed" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1986.)
*Kitsap County, Washington: Kitsap, a chief of the Suquamish tribe.
*Kittitas County, Washington: A Native American word of uncertain meaning.
*Klickitat County, Washington: The Klickitat tribe of the Yakama Nation.
*Lewis County, Washington: Meriwether Lewis, the co-captain of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
*Lincoln County, Washington: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
*Mason County, Washington: C. H. Mason, the first secretary of the Washington Territory.
*Okanogan County, Washington: A Salish Native American word meaning "rendezvous".
*Pacific County, Washington: The Pacific Ocean.
*Pend Oreille County, Washington: The Pend d'Oreille Native American tribe.
*Pierce County, Washington: Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States.
*San Juan County, Washington: San Juan Island.
*Skagit County, Washington: The Skagit Native American tribe.
*Skamania County, Washington: A Chinookan word meaning "swift water".
*Snohomish County, Washington: The Snohomish Native American tribe.
*Spokane County, Washington: The Spokane Native American tribe.
*Stevens County, Washington: Isaac Ingalls Stevens, the first governor of the Washington Territory.
*Thurston County, Washington: Samuel Royal Thurston, Oregon Territory's first delegate to the United States Congress.
*Wahkiakum County, Washington: Chief Wahkiakum of the Chinook Native American tribe.
*Walla Walla County, Washington: The Walla Walla Native American tribe.
*Whatcom County, Washington: Chief Whatcom of the Nooksack Native American tribe.
*Whitman County, Washington: Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian missionary who was killed by members of the Cayuse Native American tribe.
*Yakima County, Washington: The Yakama Native American tribe.

See also

*Washington
*List of Washington counties
*County (United States)
*Lists of U.S. county name etymologies


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