- List of Missouri county name etymologies
This is a list of
Missouricounty name etymologies. Missouri counties tend to be named after American Revolutionary Wargenerals, soldiers from other early American wars, pioneer settlers, Presidents of the United States, Governors of Missouri, state legisators, U.S. Senators and Congressmen from Missouri, geographical features, early explorersof the American Westand Missouri in particular.
Adair County, Missouri: Adair is named after John Adair, the eighth governor of Kentucky.
Andrew County, Missouri: Andrew is named after Andrew Jackson Davis, an important citizen in St. Louis, Missouriand Savannah, Missouri.
Atchison County, Missouri: Atchison is named after David Rice Atchison, a U. S. senator from Missouri.
Audrain County, Missouri: Audrain is named after James H. Audrain, a state legislator.
Barry County, Missouri: Barry is named after William Taylor Barry, an United States Postmaster General.
Barton County, Missouri: Barton is named after David Barton, a U. S. senator from Missouri.
Bates County, Missouri: Bates is named after Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri.
*Benton County: Benton is named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U. S. senator from
Bollinger County, Missouri: Bollinger is named after George Frederick Bollinger, a pioneer and Missouristate legislator.
*Boone County: Boone is named after
*Buchanan County: Buchanan is named for U.S. Senator, later President
*Butler County: Butler is named after
Kentucky U.S. Congressman William Orlando Butler.
*Caldwell County: Caldwell is either named after John Caldwell, an Indian scout; Colonel John Caldwell, a famous soldier; or
Mathew Caldwell. See the Caldwell County entry for more details on the name.
* Callaway County: Callaway is named after
James Callaway, a "Missouri ranger" killed by Native Americans during the War of 1812.
* Camden County: Camden is named after
Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden.
* Cape Girardeau County: Cape Girardeau is believed to have been named after
Sieur Jean Baptiste de Girardot.
* Carroll County: Carroll is named after Founding Father
Charles Carroll of Carrollton.
* Carter County: Carter is named after pioneer
Zimri A. Carter.
* Cass County: Cass is named after
Michigan U.S. Senator Lewis Cass.
* Cedar County: Cedar is named after Cedar Creek, a tributary of the
Sac River, which in turn is named for the Eastern redcedar, a common tree of the area.
* Chariton County: Chariton is named from the
* Christian County: Christian is named after William Christian, a
Kentuckysoldier of the American Revolutionary War.
* Clark County: Clark is named after William Clark, leader of the
Lewis and Clark Expeditionand later a Governor of Missouri Territory.
* Clay County: Clay was named in honor of U.S. Representative
Henry Clayfrom Kentucky, later member of the United States Senateand United States Secretary of State.
* Clinton County: Clinton is named after
Governor of New York DeWitt Clinton.
* Cole County: Cole is named after pioneer Capt. Stephen Cole, who came from
* Cooper County: Cooper is named for
Sarshall Cooper, who was killed by Indians near Arrow Rock in 1814.
* Crawford County: Crawford is named after Georgia
U.S. Senator William H. Crawford.
* Dade County: Dade is named after Major
Francis L. Dadeof Virginia, who was killed in the Seminole Warin 1835.
* Dallas County: Dallas is named after U.S. Vice President
George M. Dallas.
* Daviess County: Daviess is named after Col.
Joseph H. Daviessof Kentucky, who fell in 1811at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
* DeKalb County: De Kalb is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Johann de Kalb.
* Dent County: Dent is named after pioneer
* Douglas County: Douglas is named after
Illinois U.S. Senator Stephen A. Douglas.
* Dunklin County: Dunklin is named after
Governor of Missouri Daniel Dunklin.
* Franklin County: Franklin is named after Founding Father
* Gasconade County: Supposedly the inhabitants of this region had the same boastful character as the inhabitants of
Gasconyin France. Hence the name "Gasconade", meaning 'Gascon-like'.
* Gentry County: Gentry is named after Col.
Richard Gentryof Boone County, Missouriwho fell in the Seminole Warin 1837.
* Greene County: Greene is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Nathanael Greene.
* Grundy County: Grundy is named after
U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy.
* Harrison County: Harrison is named after
U.S. Congressmanfrom Missouri Albert G. Harrison.
* Henry County: Henry is named after the American patriot
* Hickory County: Hickory is named after U.S. President
Andrew Jackson, nicknamed "Old Hickory."
* Holt County: Holt is named after Missouri state legislator
David Rice Holt.
* Howard County: Howard is named after Benjamin Howard, governor of
* Howell County: Howell was either named after pioneer James Howell or possibly after naturalist
Thomas J. Howell.
* Iron County: Iron is named from the
irondeposits found within its borders.
* Jackson County: Jackson is named after U.S. President
* Jasper County: Jasper is named after the
American Revolutionary Warsoldier William Jasper.
* Jefferson County: Jefferson is named after U.S. President
* Johnson County: Johnson is named after U.S. Vice President
Richard Mentor Johnson.
* Knox County: Knox is named after the
American Revolutionary Warsoldier Henry Knox.
* Laclede County: Leclede is named after the founder of St. Louis,
Pierre Laclede Liguest.
* Lafayette County: Lafayette is named after the
Marquis de la Fayette.
* Lawrence County: Lawrence is named after the U.S. naval hero of the
War of 1812, James Lawrence.
* Lewis County: Lewis is named after
Meriwether Lewis, leader of the Lewis and Clark Expeditionand later a Governor of Louisiana Territory.
* Lincoln County: Lincoln is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Benjamin Lincoln.
* Linn County: Linn is named after
U.S. Senator Lewis Linn.
* Livingston County: Livingston is named after
U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston.
* Macon County: Macon is named after
* Madison County: Madison is named after U.S. President
* Maries County: Maries is named from the
Maries Riverand Little Maries River, 'Maries' being from the French "marais", meaning marsh, lake or pond.
* Marion County: Marion is named after the
American Revolutionary Warhero Francis Marion, aka "The Swamp Fox".
* McDonald County: McDonald is named for Sgt. Alexander McDonald from the
American Revolutionary War.
* Mercer County: Mercer is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral John F. Mercer.
* Miller County: Miller is named after
Governor of Missouri John Miller.
* Mississippi County: Mississippi is named from the
* Moniteau County: Moniteau is named after
Moniteau Creek. 'Moniteau' is a French spelling of "Manitou", Algonquinfor the Great Spirit.
* Monroe County: Monroe is named after U.S. President
* Montgomery County: Montgomery is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Richard Montgomery.
* Morgan County: Morgan is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Daniel Morgan.
* New Madrid County: New Madrid is named after
* Newton County: Newton is named after the
American Revolutionary Warsoldier John Newton.
* Nodaway County: Nodaway is named from the
Nodaway River. There is debate whether it is a Native American term for "placid", "crossed without canoe", or "snake". See the river entry for the etymology.
* Oregon County: Oregon is named from the
* Osage County: Osage is named after the indigenous
* Ozark County: Ozark is named from the
* Pemiscot County: "Pemiscot" is Native American word meaning "liquid mud".
* Perry County: Perry is named after U.S. naval officer
Oliver Hazard Perry.
* Pettis County: Pettis is named after
Missouri U.S. Congressman Spencer Pettis.
* Phelps County: Phelps is named after
Governor of Missouri John S. Phelps.
* Pike County: Pike is named after explorer
* Platte County: Platte is named after the
Platte Purchaseand the Platte River, which are, in turn, named after the French word for "flat" or "shallow".
* Polk County: Polk is named after either U.S. President
James K. Polk; or Ezekiel Polk, the grandfather of both the president and an early settler in the county.
* Pulaski County: Pulaski is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Casimir Pulaski.
* Putnam County: Putnam is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Israel Putnam.
* Ralls County: Ralls is named after the Missouri state legislator
* Randolph County: Randolph is named after the
Virginia U.S. Senator John Randolph of Roanoke.
* Ray County: Ray is named for John Ray, a member of the first state constitutional convention.
* Reynolds County: Reynolds is named after the
Governor of MissouriThomas Reynolds.
* Ripley County: Ripley is named after the
War of 1812soldier Eleazar W. Ripley.
* St. Charles County: St. Charles is named after the Italian Cardinal St.
* St. Clair County: St. Clair is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Arthur St. Clair.
* St. Francois County: St. Francois is named from the St. Francois River, which in turn is probably named after
Saint Francis of Assisi.
* St. Louis County: St. Louis is named after St. Louis, aka King
Louis IX of France, who was the patron saint of King Louis XV of France.
* Ste. Genevieve County: Sainte Genevieve is named after Sainte Genevieve, the patron saint of
* Saline County: Saline is named from the area's salt springs.
* Schuyler County: Schuyler is named after the
American Revolutionary Warsoldier Philip Schuyler.
* Scotland County: Scotland is named after
* Scott County: Scott is named after
U.S. Congressmanfrom Missouri John Scott.
* Shannon County: Shannon is named after
George Shannona member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
* Shelby County: Shelby is named after
Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentuckyand American Revolutionary Warsoldier.
* Stoddard County: Stoddard is named after
Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.
* Stone County: Stone is named after
William Stone, pioneer judge of Taney County.
* Sullivan County: Sullivan is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral John Sullivan.
* Taney County: Taney is named after the
Chief Justice of the United States Roger B. Taney.
* Texas County: Texas is named after the
Republic of Texas.
* Vernon County: Vernon is named after Missouri state legislator
* Warren County: Warren is named after the
American Revolutionary Wargeneral Joseph Warren.
* Washington County: Washington is named after U.S. President
* Wayne County: Wayne is named after Gen. "Mad"
* Webster County: Webster is named after the
U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster.
* Worth County: Worth is named after soldier
William Jenkins Worthwho fought in the Mexican-American Warand the Seminole Wars.
* Wright County: Wright is named after
U.S. Senatorfrom New York Silas Wright.
* [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/history/counties.asp Missouri History: What are the origins of Missouri counties?]
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