US Place Names ~ Correctionville, Iowa to Cyr, Maine

Correctionville; town in Woodbury County, Iowa, situated on a correction line.

Corry; city in Erie County, Pennsylvania, named for a former owner, Hiram Corry.

Corsica; borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, named from the island in the Mediterranean Sea.

Corsicana; city in Navarro County, Texas, named for the wife of Navarro, a Mexican, who owned a large tract of land in the county.

Corson; inlet in New Jersey, named for a family who lived north of the inlet.

Corte Madera; town in Marin County, California. A Spanish phrase, meaning "felled timber."

Cortina; village in Colusa County, California. A Spanish word meaning "curtain'' or "veil."

Cortland; city in Republic County, Kansas, named from the city in New York.

Cortland; county, and city in same county, in New York;

Cortlandt; town in Westchester County, New York. Named for Pierre Van Cortlandt.

Corunna; city in Shiawassee County, Michigan, named from the city in Spain.

Corvallis; town in Ravalli County, Montana, named from and settled by people from Corvallis, Oregon.

Corvallis; city in Benton County, Oregon. The name is formed of two Spanish words, meaning "heart of valley," so named from its situation in Willamette Valley.

Corvette; ledge in Maryland, so named because a French corvette went ashore on the ledge.

Corwin; village in Warren County, Ohio, named for Thomas Corwin, governor of the State.

Cory; village in Clay County, Indiana, named for a resident of Terre Haute.

Coryell; county, and village in same county, in Texas, named for James Coryell, a large landowner.

Coshocton; county, and village in same county, in Ohio, named from the Delaware Indian town of Goshocking. The word means, according to some authorities, "habitation of owls." Heckewelder gives "union of waters." Others say "finished small harbor."

Cossatot; river in Arkansas, supposed to be a corruption of the French word cassetête, "tomahawk."

Cossayuna; lake and village in Washington County, New York. An Indian word, said to signify "lake at our points."

Costilla; county in Colorado, named from the Costilla estate, which extends into Taos County, New Mexico.

Cosumne; town in Sacramento County, California, named from a tribe of Indians. The word means "salmon."

Cota; town in San Diego County, California. A Spanish word meaning "coat of mail."

Cote Blanche; bay in Louisiana. French words meaning "white shore."

Cottage City; town in Dukes County, Massachusetts. A summer resort, so named from the many cottages along the shore.

Cottle; county in Texas, named for G. W. Cottle, who fell at the Alamo.

Cottleville; town in St. Charles County, Missouri, named for Lorenzo Cottle, an early settler.

Cotton Plant; town in Dunklin County, Missouri, distinguished by fields of growing cotton.

Cottonwood; county and river in Minnesota, a translation of the Dakota (Sioux) name, given on account of the abundance of the cotton wood tree.

Cottonwood Falls; city in Chase County, Kansas, situated at a fall or rapid of Cottonwood Creek; hence the name.

Cottrell; key in Florida, named for Jeremiah Cottrell, first keeper of the light-house on the island.

Coulter; village in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, named for Eli Coulter, an early settler.

Coulter; creek in Yellowstone Park, named for John M. Coulter, botanist with the Hayden expedition.

Coulterville; town in Randolph County, Illinois, named for its founder, James B. Coulter.

Council Bluffs; city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, so called from a council held near there by Lewis and Clark with the Indians.

Council Grove; city in Morris County, Kansas, so named from a treaty which was effected with the Osage Indians in a grove at that place.

Coupeville; village in Island County, Washington, named for a navigator. Captain Coupe.

Coventry; towns in Tolland County, Connecticut, Chenango County, New York, Kent County, Rhode Island, and Orleans County, Vermont, named from the town in England.

Covington; county in Alabama, cities in Newton County, Georgia, and Kenton County, Kentucky, county in Mississippi, and town in Wyoming County, New York, named for Gen. Leonard Covington, distinguished at Fort Recovery, 1794.

Cow; island in the Missouri River in Kansas, from the old name given by the French, isle de vache, "isle of the cow," from the buffalo found there.

Cowanesque; creek in Potter County, Pennsylvania. An Indian word meaning "overgrown with briars."

Cowanshannock; creek in Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word, gawiensch-hanne, "green briar stream."

Cowautacuck; creek in Connecticut. An Indian word meaning "pine woodland."

Cowen; mount in Montana, named for the assistant secretary of the interior.

Cowen; town in Webster County, West Virginia, named for the president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

Coweta; county in Georgia, named from a former important Creek town about the present site of Columbus, Ga.

Cowhocton; river in New York. An Indian word meaning "log in the water."

Cowles; town in Webster County, Nebraska, named for W. D. Cowles, a railroad man.

Cowley; county in Kansas, named for Matthew Cowley, first lieutenant Company I, Ninth Kansas Volunteer Regiment.

Cowlitz; county and river in Washington, named from the Indian tribe of the same name.

Cowpens; village in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, made famous by a battle fought there during the Revolution. It received its name from an early cattle corral.

Cox; bar in California, named for an old settler.

Cox; creek in Florida, named for a man who lived on its banks.

Coxsackie; town in Greene County, New York. The name is derived from the Indian kuky "to cut," and auke, "earth," descriptive of the ridge cut by the waters of the Hudson. Another theory derives the name from an Indian word meaning "hooting of owls."

Coyote; village in Santa Clara County, California, and town in Rio Arriba Comity, New Mexico. From the Mexican coyotl, "prairie wolf."

Cozad; town in Dawson County, Nebraska, named for the original owner of the site, John J. Cozad.

Crab Grass; creek in Florida, so called from a species of grass plentiful along its banks.

Crabtree; town in Linn County, Oregon, named for John J. Crabtree, an early settler.

Craftonville; town in San Bernardino County, California, named for its founder, George Craft.

Craftsbury; town in Orleans County, Vermont, named for Ebenezer Crafts, one of the original grantees.

Craig; village in Routt County, Colorado, named for Rev. Bayard Craig, of Denver.

Craig; county and creek in Virginia, named for a prominent family of Augusta County.

Craig; pass in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, named for Mrs. Ida Craig Wilcox, the first tourist to cross the pass.

Craighead; county in Arkansas, named for Thomas B. Craighead, of the State senate.

Cranberry; islands in Hancock County, Maine, named from a marsh of cranberries on the largest island.

Cranberry Isles; town in Hancock County, Maine, named from the islands.

Crane; county in Texas, named for William Carey Crane, a Baptist minister.

Cranesville; village in Erie County, Pennsylvania, named for its founder, Fowler Crane.

Cranston; town in Providence County, Rhode Island, named for Samuel Cranston, governor of the State for nearly thirty years.

Crater; town in Mono County, California, named from its location near extinct volcanoes.

Crater; buttes in Idaho, so named from their volcanic origin.

Crater; lake in Oregon, so named because it occupies the crater of a former volcano.

Craven; county in North Carolina, named for William, Earl of Craven, a lord proprietor.

Crawford; county in Arkansas, county, and city in Oglethorpe County, in Georgia, and counties in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, named for William H. Crawford, secretary of the treasury under President Monroe.

Crawford; county in Kansas, named for Samuel J. Crawford, colonel Second Kansas Raiment, and governor in 1866-69.

Crawford; counties in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, named for Col. William Crawford, who was captured by Indians and burned at the stake at Sandusky, Ohio, in 1782.

Crawford; town in Lowndes County, Mississippi, named for Rev. Crawford, a Baptist preacher.

Crawford; purchase in Coos County, New Hampshire, named for the original owner, Ethan A. Crawford.

Crawford House; village in Coos County, New Hampshire;

Crawford Notch; gap in White Mountains, New Hampshire. Named from the purchase.

Crawfordsville; city in Indiana, named for William H. Crawford, secretary of the treasury under President Monroe.

Crawfordsville; town in Linn County, Oregon, named for George F. Crawford, an earley settler.

Crawfordville; town in Taliaferro County, Georgia, named from William H. Crawford, secretary of the treasury under President Monroe.

Creal Springs; city in Williamson County, Illinois, named for the founder.

Creede; city in Mineral County, Colorado, named for a miner who made rich discoveries of gold in the region.

Creek; nation in Indian Territory, occupied by the Creek tribe of Indians. It is said that the English gave the name to the tribe because the country formerly inhabited by them in Alabama and Colorado was full of creeks.

Creighton; township and town in Knox County, Nebraska, named for Edward Creighton, of Omaha.

Crenshaw; county in Alabama, named for Anderson Crenshaw, of that State.

Cresco; city in Howard County, Iowa. From the Latin, signifying "I grow."

Cresskill; borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, named from a creek abounding in water cress. The word kU is Dutch for "stream."

Cresson; village in Cambria County, Pennsylvania; Cressona; borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Named for Elliott Cresson, a Philadelphia merchant.

Crested Butte; town in Gunnison County, Colorado, named for a conical, gray peak which dominates the valley. The mountain derives its name from its shape.

Crestline; village in Crawford County, Ohio, so called because it occupies the crest line of the middle elevation of the State.

Creston; town in San Luis Obispo County, California, named from its location on the crest of a ridge.

Creston; village in Ogle County, Illinois, named from its location on the highest point of land between Chicago and the Mississippi River.

Creston; city in Union County, Iowa, so named because it was the highest point on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

Crestone; mountain in Colorado, named from its shape.

Creswell; town in Washington County, North Carolina, named for Postmaster-General Creswell.

Creve Coeur; village in St. Louis County, Missouri, named for an early French fort. The name means "heart breaking."

Crittenden; county in Arkansas, named for Robert Crittenden, territorial governor.

Crittenden; county, and town in Grant County, in Kentucky, named for John J. Crittenden, governor of and United States Senator from that State.

Crockett; county in Tennessee, and county, and town in Houston County, in Texas, named for Col. David Crockett, celebrated frontier Indian fighter, who fell at the Alamo.

Croghan; town in Lewis County, New York, named for Col. George Croghan

Cronly; town in Columbus County, North Carolina, named for the former owner of the site.

Crook; town in Logan County, Colorado, and counties in Oregon and Wyoming, named for Gen. George H. Crook, the Indian fighter.

Crooked; creek in Pennsylvania, named from the old Indian name, woak-hanne, "crooked stream."

Crookston; township and city in Polk County, Minnesota, named for Col. William Crooks, an old settler.

Crosby; county in Texas, named for Stephen Crosby, prominent citizen.

Crosman; valley in Nevada, named for Col. G. H. Crosman.

Cross; county in Arkansas, named for Judge Edward Cross, a pioneer.

Crossville; village in White County, Illinois, named for a family of first settlers.

Crosswicks; town in Burlington County, New Jersey. A corruption of the Indian crossweeksung, "house of separation."

Creswell; village in Sanilac County, Michigan, named for Governor Croswell.

Crothersville; town in Jackson County, Indiana, named for Doctor Crothers.

Croton; village in Newaygo County, Michigan, named from the town in New York.

Croton; river in New York, named for an Indian chief whose name was Kenoten, Knoten or Noton meaning "the wind."

Croton Falls; town in Westchester County, New York, named from Croton River.

Crow; river in Minnesota. A literal translation of the Indian name, Andaig.

Crowley; village in Polk County, Oregon, named for Solomon K. Crowley, an early settler.

Crown Point; town in Essex County, New York. From the original French name, point au chevalure, "point of the hair (or scalp)," because it is said the French and Indians sent out "scalping parties" from this place.

Crow Wing; river in Minnesota, called by the Indians kayaugeweguan, meaning "crow's feather."

Crow Wing; county, and village in same county, in Minnesota, named from the river.

Croydon; town in Sullivan County, New Hampshire, named from the town in Surrey, England.

Crugers; village in Westchester County, New York, named for Col. John P. Cruger.

Crum Elbow; village in Dutchess County, New York, the name of which was given, it is said, from a sudden bend in the Hudson River at that place.

Cuba; city in Fulton County, Illinois, named from the island of Cuba.

Cucharas; river and village in Huerfano County, Colorado. A Spanish word meaning "spoon brook."

Cudahy; village in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, named for the Cudahy brothers, who own a pork-packing establishment there.

Cuddeback; town in Humboldt County, California, named for an old settler.

Cuerno Verde; mountain in Colorado, named for its shape and color. Spanish words meaning "green horn."

Cuero; town in Dewitt County, Texas. A Spanish word meaning "hide," "skin," or "leather."

Cuesta; village in San Luis Obispo County, California. A Spanish word meaning "mount."

Cuivre; river and village in Lincoln County, Missouri. A French word meaning "copper."

Cullman; county, and city in same county, in Alabama, named for General John G. Cullman, of that State.

Culloden; village in Monroe County, Georgia, named for William Culloden, one of the first settlers in the county.

Cullom; village in Livingston County, Illinois, named for Shelby M. Cullom, United States Senator from that State.

Culpeper; county, and town in same county, in Virginia, named for Lord Thomas Culpeper, governor in 1679-80.

Cumberland; islands off the coast of Georgia, county and river in Kentucky, city in Allegany County and mountains in Maryland, counties in New Jersey and North Carolina, and town in Providence County, Rhode Island, named for the Duke of Cumberland, the victor of Culloden.

Cumberland; county in Illinois, named from the Cumberland road, which was projected to pass through it.

Cumberland; counties in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, named from the county in England.

Cumberland; city in Allegany County, Maryland, named from and built on the site of old Fort Cumberland, erected during the French and Indian wars. The fort was named for the Duke of Cumberland.

Cumberland; county in Tennessee, named from the mountains.

Cumberland; city in Barron County, Wisconsin, named from the city in Maryland.

Cuming; county, and town in same county, in Nebraska, named for T. B. Cuming, governor of the Territory in 1854-65.

Cumming'; town in Forsyth County, Georgia, named for Col. William Cumming, of Augusta, Georgia.

Cummington; town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, named for Col. John Cummings, the former owner.

Cumminsville; village in Wheeler County, Nebraska, named for J. F. Cummings, county clerk.

Cumminsville; village in Hamilton County, Ohio, named for David Cummins, an early settler.

Cundy; harbor and ledge in Maine, named for a family who settled there at an early date.

Cunningham; town in Chariton County, Missouri, named for Dr. John F. Cunningham, of Brunswick, Missouri.

Cupsuptic; lake in Maine. An Indian word meaning "drawing a seine while fishing."

Carrie; village in Murray County, Minnesota, named from the parish in Scotland.

Curry; county in Oregon, named for George L. Curry, governor of the Territory in 1855-1859.

Currytown; village in Montgomery County, New York, named for William Curry, patentee.

Curryville; town in Pike County, Missouri, named for Perry Curry, who laid out the town.

Curtin; village in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, named for the Curtin family, of which Governor A. G. Curtin was a member.

Curtisville; villas in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named for Elnathan Curtis, a settler of 1712.

Curwensville; borough in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, named for John Curwen, of Montgomery County.

Cushing; town in Knox County, Maine, named for Thomas Cushing, lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts.

Cusseta; town in Chambers County, Alabama, and village in Chattahoochee County, Georgia, name from a former Creek Indian town. Meaning unknown.

Custer; county in Colorado; county, and town in same county, in Idaho; county and creek in Montana; county, and township in same county, in Nebraska; county, and village in Beaver County, in Oklahoma; county, and township and city in same county, in South Dakota; and several other places; named for Gen. George A. Custer, who was killed by Indians in 1876 on the banks of Rosebud River.

Cuthbert; town in Randolph County, Georgia, named for Col. J. A. Cuthbert, member of Congress.

Cutler; town in Washington County, Maine, named for an early proprietor, Joseph Cutler, of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Cuttawa; town in Lynn County, Kentucky, named from the old Indian name of the Kentucky River, Kuttawa.

Cuttingsville; village in Rutland County, Vermont, named for one of the first settlers.

Cuttyhunk; island in Buzzards Bay. A contraction of the Indian word poocutch-hunkunnok, "thing that lies out in the water."

Cuyahoga; river and county in Ohio;

Cuyahoga Falls; village in Summit County, Ohio, situated at falls on the Cuyahoga River. The name is said by some to be derived from Cayahaga, "crooked," but Atwater derives it from cuyahogan-uk, "lake river." Another authority gives carrihoga, meaning "news carrier."

Cuylerville; town in Livingston County, New York, name for W. T. Cuyler, an early settler.

Cynthiana; city in Harrison County, Kentucky, named for the two daughters of the original proprietors, Cynthia and Anna Harris.

Cypress; island in Washington; so named by Vancouver's party, from the abundance of that species of tree on the island.

Cyr; plantation in Aroostook County, Maine, named for a family numerous in that section.

US Place Names

Source: The Origin of Certain Place Names the United States, Second Edition, Henry Gannett, Washington, Government Printing Office, 1906.

 

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