US Place Names ~ Elsie, Nebraska to Eyota, Minnesota

Elsie; town in Perkins County, Nebraska, named for the daughter of C. E. Perkins.

Elsinore; township and city in Riverside County, California. Corruption of the Spanish el señor, meaning "the gentleman," a large part of the land upon which the city is built having been owned by a don.

El Toro; village in Orange County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the bull."

El Verano; village in Sonoma County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the summer."

Elwin; village in Macon County, Illinois, a combination of the names of the founders, Elm wood and Martin.

Elyria; city in Lorain County, Ohio, named for Heman Ely, who owned 12,500 acres of land around the falls of Black River. "Ria" was suggested by the Greek name Illyria.

Emanuel; county in Georgia, named for David Emanuel, at one time president of the Georgia senate.

Emaus; borough in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, named by the Moravians in memory of the little village in Palestine.

Embarcadero; village in Sonoma County, California. A Spanish word meaning "harbor" or "port."

Embarrass; river and village in Waupaca County, Wisconsin. A French word meaning "obstruction."

Emerick; village in Madison County, Nebraska, named for John Emerick, an early settler.

Emery; village in Macon County, Illinois, named for Charles F. Emery, a neighboring landowner.

Emery; county in Utah, named for George W. Emery, governor in 1875-1880.

Emigrant Gap; town in Placer County, California, named from the pass in the Sierra Nevada through which the pioneers of 1849 entered the State.

Eminence; city in Henry County, Kentucky, so named because of its situation on the highest point of land between Louisville and Lexington.

Emlenton; borough in Venango County, Pennsylvania, named for Emlen, the wife of Joseph M. Fox, one of the original proprietors.

Emma; mountain in Arizona, named by Maj. J. W. Powell, of the United States Geological Survey, for his wife, Emma.

Emmet; county in Iowa, and county, and village in Saint Clair County, in Michigan;

Emmetsburg; city in Palo Alto County, Iowa. Named for the Irish patriot, Robert W. Emmet.

Emmitsburg; town in Frederick County, Maryland, named for William Emmitt, its founder.

Emmons; mountains in Colorado and Utah, named for S. F. Emmons, the geologist.

Emmons; mountain in New York, named for Ebenezer Emmons, geologist.

Emmons; county in North Dakota, named for James A. Emmons, a pioneer steamboat man and merchant of Bismarck.

Emory; town in Washington County, Virginia, named from Emory and Henry College, which is situated there and which received part of its name from Bishop Emory.

Empire; city in Cherokee County, Kansas, so name by the founder, S. L. Cheney, on account of the town topping a ridge.

Emporia; city in Lyon County, Kansas;

Emporium; borough in Cameron County, Pennsylvania. A Latin word meaning "center of trade."

Emuckfaw; village in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. A Creek Indian word meaning "shell medal."

Encinal; village in Santa Clara County, California. A Spanish word meaning "forest of evergreen oak."

Encinitas; township in San Diego County, California. A Spanish word meaning "little oaks."

Enfield; town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, named, according to Dr. J. G. Holland, for Robert Field.

Enfield; towns in Grafton County, New Hampshire, and in Halifax County, North Carolina, named from the birthplace of John Wesley in England.

Engelmann; canyon and peak in Colorado, named for the botanist.

Englewood; city in Bergen County, New Jersey, named from the English "woodingle," a woody nook or comer.

England; village in Marshall County, Minnesota, named for its first postmaster.

Ennis; city in Ellis County, Texas, named for Cornelius Ennis, of Houston, a prominent railroad official.

Enno; town in Wake County, North Carolina, named for an Indian tribe.

Enon; village in Clark County, Ohio, named from the river in Palestine where John baptized the people.

Enoree; river in South Carolina, named for an Indian tribe.

Enosburg; town in Franklin County, Vermont, named for Roger Enos, to whom the land was originally granted.

Enterprise; towns in Clarke County, Mississippi, and Wallowa County, Oregon, and many other towns and villages, so named to denote the policy of their inhabitants.

Ephrata; town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania;

Ephratah; town in Fulton County, New York. Named from the ancient city of Palestine.

Eppes; creek, and island in the James River, in Charles City County, Virginia, named for an early owner of the property.

Epping; town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, named from the town in Essex, England.

Epsom; village in Daviess County, Indiana, so named because of a well nearby which contains water much resembling epsom salts in taste.

Epsom; town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, named from the town in Surrey, England.

Epworth; town in Dubuque County, Iowa, named from the town in Lincolnshire, England.

Equinunk; villages in Delaware County, New York, and Wayne County, Pennsylvania. An Indian word, meaning "place where clothing is distributed."

Erath; county in Texas, named for an early settler and Indian fighter, George B. Erath.

Erie; one of the Great Lakes, drained by the St. Lawrence. From erie, erike, or eriga, meaning "wildcat," the name of an ancient tribe on its borders conquered by the Iroquois.

Erie; township and village in Whiteside County, Illinois, named from the county in New York.

Erie; city in Neosho County, Kansas, named from a small lake nearby of that name.

Erie; counties in New York and Ohio, and county, and city in same county, in Pennsylvania;

Erieville; village in Madison County, New York. Named from the lake.

Erin; the name of numerous towns and villages in the United States, named from the ancient name of Ireland.

Errol; town in Coos County, New Hampshire, named from the parish in Scotland.

Erskine; village in Passaic County, New Jersey, named from the parish in Scotland.

Erving; town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, named for the man who owned "Ervings Grant," in early days.

Erwin; town in Steuben County, New York, named for Col. Arthur Erwin, of Pennsylvania.

Escambia; river in Alabama and Florida. Probably derived from the Spanish, cambia, meaning "barter" or "exchange."

Escambia; counties in Alabama and Florida, named from the river traversing both States.

Escanaba; river, and city in Delta County, in Michigan. According to Haines it is an Indian word meaning "flat rock," but according to other authorities it means a "young male quadruped."

Eschscholtz; inlet of Kotzebue Sound, Alaska, named for J. F. Eschscholtz, the naturalist.

Escoheag; town in Kent County, Rhode Island. An Indian word, supposed to mean "origin of three rivers."

Escondido; city in San Diego County, California. A Spanish word meaning "hidden treasure."

Esculapia; watering place in Lewis County, Kentucky, named for the god of the medical art, Esculapius.

Eskridge; city in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, named for C. V. Eskridge, the first purchaser of a town lot.

Eskutassis; stream in Piscataquis County, Maine. An Indian word meaning "small trout."

Eskweskwewadjo; mountain in Maine. An Indian word meaning "she-bear mountain."

Esmeralda; post village in Calaveras County, California, mining camp in Idaho, and county in Nevada. The Spanish term for "emerald," the places being so named on account of the presence of this gem.

Esopus; stream in New York. A difference of opinion exists as to whether the Indian tribe of this name took the name from the river or whether the river was named for the tribe. Schoolcraft gives "seepus" or "sepu," "river," as the word nearest like it in the Indian language.

Esparto; village in Yolo County, California. A Spanish word meaning "feather grass."

Esperance; town in Schoharie County, New York. A French word meaning "hope."

Espinoso; towns in Monterey and Solano counties, California. A Spanish word meaning "thorny."

Essex; township in Stark County, Illinois, named for Isaac B. Essex, the first white settler in the county.

Essex; counties in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Virginia, named from the English county of Essex.

Essexville; village in Bay County, Michigan, named for an early settler. Ransom Essex.

Eastaboga; town in Talladega County, Alabama. An Indian word meaning "where people reside."

Estherville; city in Emmet County, Iowa, named for Esther A. Ridley, wife of one of the original proprietors.

Estill; county, and town in Madison County, in Kentucky, named for Capt. James Estill, an Indian fighter.

Estill; town in Howard County, Missouri, named for Col. John R. Estill.

Estrado; town in Monterey County, California. A Spanish word meaning "guest chamber."

Estrella; town in San Luis Obispo County, California. A Spanish word meaning "star."

Ethel; town in Attala County, Mississippi, named for the daughter of Capt. S. B. McConnico.

Etna; many places in the United States are named from the celebrated volcano in Sicily.

Etowah; county in Alabama, and river in Georgia. A Cherokee Indian corruption, meaning unknown.

Etruria; township in Halifax County, North Carolina, named from the division of ancient Italy.

Eucalyptus; town in San Joaquin County, California, so named from the prevailing species of trees.

Euclid; village in Onondaga County, New York, and town in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and named for the celebrated geometer of Alexandria.

Eudora; city in Douglas County, Kansas, named for the daughter of Pascal Fish.

Eufaula; town in Barbour County, Alabama; named from a former noted Creek Indian town (Yufala) of that vicinity; meaning unknown.

Eugene; city in Lane County, Oregon, named for Eugene F. Skinner, its first settler.

Eulalia; township in Potter County, Pennsylvania, named for the first child born within its limits.

Eureka; cities in Humboldt County, California, Woodford County, Illinois, and Greenwood County, Kansas, and county in Nevada. A Greek expression meaning "I have found it."

Eustis; town in Lake County, Florida, named for Gen. Henry L. Eustis.

Eustis; town in Franklin County, Maine, named for Charles L. Eustis, an early proprietor.

Eutaw; town in Greene County, Alabama.

Eutaw Spring; small affluent of the Santee River in South Carolina. According to Gatschet it is named from the Indian tribe, also known as etiwaw, or from itawa, "pine tree."

Eutawville; town in Berkeley County, South Carolina, named from the famous Eutaw Spring.

Evangeline; township in Charlevoix County, Michigan, named for the heroine of Longfellow's poem.

Evans; town in Weld County, Colorado, named for John Evans, a former governor of Colorado.

Evans; town in Erie County, New York, named for David E. Evans, agent of the Holland Land Company.

Evansburg; village in Coshocton County, Ohio, named for Isaac Evans, who laid it out.

Evans Mills; village in Jefferson County, New York, named for Ethni Evans, a resident mill owner.

Evanston; town in Cook County, Illinois, and city in Uinta County, Wyoming, named for John Evans, a former governor of Colorado.

Evansville; city in Vanderburg County, Indiana, named for Gen. Robert Evans, who laid it out.

Evansville; city in Rock County, Wisconsin, named for Calvin Evans, a first settler.

Evart; township and village in Osceola County, Michigan, named for Frank Evart, a pioneer.

Evarts; mountain in Yellowstone Park, named for Truman C. Evarts.

Evening Shade; town in Sharp County, Arkansas, so named from the density of shade cast by the tall pine timber on an adjacent hill.

Everett; city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and town in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, named for Edward Everett, of Massachusetts.

Everetts; town in Martin County, North Carolina, named for a resident family.

Ewing; village in Cole County, Missouri, name from citizen living nearby.

Ewings; creek in Missouri. Ewing is probably a contraction of "E. Wing," which designated this creek upon an early map.

Excelsior; towns in Sonoma and Sierra counties, California. A Latin word meaning "ever upward."

Excelsior Springs; city in Clay County, Missouri, named from the medicinal springs.

Exeter; town in Scott County, Illinois, named from Exeter, New Hampshire, the former home of its founders.

Exeter; towns in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and Washington County, Rhode Island, and twelve other places, named from Exeter in England.

Eyota; village in Olmstead County, Minnesota. From a Sioux Indian word, iyotak, meaning, "greatest," "most."

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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