US Place Names ~ Foard County, Texas to Furnas, Nebraska

Foard; county in Texas, named for Robert L. Foard.

Folsom; post-office in Sacramento County, California, laid out on a ranch formerly owned by the Folsom family.

Folsom; peak in Yellowstone Park, named for David E. Folsom, leader of an expedition in 1869.

Fonda; village in Montgomery County, New York, named for Douw Fonda.

Fond du Lac; town in St. Louis County, Minnesota, and county, and city in same county, in Wisconsin, so named because of their situation. A French phrase, meaning "end of the lake."

Fontaine-qui-Bouille; creek in Colorado, so named because its head is a spring of water highly aerated. A French phrase, "fountain which boils."

Fontana; city in Miami County, Kansas, named from a spring a mile west of the town site.

Fontanelle; town in Adair County, Iowa, and creek in Wyoming, named for a trapper in the employ of the American Fur Company.

Ford; county in Illinois, named for Thomas Ford, governor of the State in 1842-1846.

Ford; county, and city in same county, in Kansas, named for James H. Ford, colonel of Second Colorado Cavalry.

Ford; village in Holt County, Nebraska, named for an early settler.

Forellen; peak in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming. A German word meaning "trout."

Forest; counties in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, so named from the forests within their limits. The name occurs, either alone or with suffixes, as the name of ninety places in the country.

Forrest; town in St. Francis County, Arkansas, named for Gen. N. B. Forrest, who built the first house there.

Forsyth; county, and city in Monroe County, in Georgia, named for Governor John Forsyth.

Forsyth; village in Macon County, Illinois, named for Robert Forsyth, a railroad official.

Forsyth; county in North Carolina, named for Major Forsyth, a distinguished officer of the State, killed in the war of 1812.

Fort Ann; village in Washington County, New York, named from an old fortification built in 1756, during the wars with the French.

Fort Atkinson; city in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, named for Gen. Henry Atkinson, who commanded a stockade there during the Black Hawk war.

Fort Bend; county in Texas, named from a fort on Brazos River.

Fort Benton; town in Choteau County, Montana, on the site of an old fort which was named for Thomas H. Benton, of Missouri.

Fort Collins; city in Larimer County, Colorado, named for Col. W. T. Collins of the Eleventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

Fort Covington; village in Franklin County, New York, named for Gen. Leonard Covington.

Fort Crook; village in Sarpy County, Nebraska, named from a fort which was named for Gen. George Crook.

Fort Dade; village in Hernando County, Florida, so named because situated near the spot where Major Dade and companions perished while defending themselves against a party of Seminoles.

Fort Dodge; city in Webster County, Iowa, named for Senator Dodge, of Wisconsin. Fort Edward; town in Washington County, New York, named from an old fort built in 1709, named in honor of Edward, Duke of York.

Fort Fairfield; town in Aroostook County, Maine, named for an old fort which took its name from John Fairfield, who was governor of Maine for many years. Fort Fetterman; village in Albany County, Wyoming, named for Lieut. Col. W. J. Fetterman, killed by the Indians in 1866.

Fort Gaines; town in Clay County, Georgia, named for Gen. E. P. Gaines. Fort Gratiot; township in St. Clair County, Michigan, named for General Gratiot, U. S. Army, who, as an engineer, laid out the fort.

Fort Hall; part of an Indian reservation in Bingham County, Idaho, named from a fort which was built by Capt. N. J. Wyeth and named for one of his partners.

Fort Hamilton; village in Kings County, now a part of New York City, named for Alexander Hamilton.

Fort Kent; town in Aroostook County, Maine, named from a fort which was named for Governor Edward Kent, of Maine.

Fort Keogh; village in Custer County, Montana, named from a fort which took its name from Captain Keogh, who fell wnth General Custer.

Fort Klamath; town in Klamath County, Oregon, named from an Indian tribe.

Fort Leavenworth; town in Leavenworth County, Kansas, named for Gen. Henry Leavenworth, who erected the fort.

Fort Lemhi; precinct and fort in Lemhi County, Idaho. The fort was built for protection against the Indians by the early Mormon settlers. The name, meaning "land," is taken from the Book of Mormon.

Fort Logan; town in Meagher County, Montana, named for Captain Logan, killed in battle of the Big Hole.

Fort Lupton; town in Weld County, Colorado, named for an early settler on Adobe Creek in 1840.

Fort Madison; city in Lee County, Iowa, named for James Madison, President of the United States.

Fort Monroe; United States school of artillery and arsenal on Hampton Roads, Elizabeth City County, Virginia, named for James Monroe, fifth President of the United States.

Fort Morgan; town in Morgan County, Colorado, named for Col. C. A. Morgan.

Fort Motte; town in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, so named because situated upon the site of Motte's house, which was fortified by the British during the Revolution.

Fort Myers; town in Lee County, Florida, first a military post, named for Capt. Abraham C. Myers.

Fort Pierre; village in Stanley County, South Dakota, named for Pierre Choteau.

Fort Plain; village in Montgomery County, New York, named from an old fortress erected on a plain at the junction of the Mohawk and Osquaga rivers.

Fort Recovery; village in Mercer County, Ohio, named from an old fort built by General Wayne.

Fort Scott; city in Bourbon County, Kansas, named for Gen. Winfield Scott.

Fort Sheridan; village in Lake County, Illinois, named from the military post near, which was named for Gen. P. H. Sheridan.

Fort Smith; town in Sebastian County, Arkansas, named for a fort built under the direction of Gen. Persifer F. Smith, for whom it was named.

Fortuna; town in Humboldt County, California. The Spanish form of "fortune."

Fort Wayne; city in Allen County, Indiana, named from a fort built by Lieutenant-Colonel Hamtramck in 1794, named for Gen. Anthony Wayne.

Fort Worth; city in Tarrant County, Texas, named for General Worth, prominent in the Mexican war.

Fortyfort; borough in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, named from the old fort of Revolutionary days.

Foster; county in North Dakota, named for Hon. George I. Foster, a pioneer, prominent in the Territorial legislature.

Foster; town in Providence County, Rhode Island, named for Theodore Foster, United States Senator from that State.

Fosterburg; township and village in Madison County, Illinois, named for Oliver Foster, who made the first land entry in the vicinity.

Fostoria; city in Senica County, Ohio, named for Governor Charles Foster. Fountain; name given to many places, mostly because of Springs.

Fountain; county in Indiana, named for Major Fountain, of Kentucky, killed at the battle of Maumee in 1790.

Four Oaks; town in Johnston County, North Carolina, named from four great oaks near.

Fowler; village in Clinton County, Michigan, named for John N. Fowler.

Fowler; town in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Theodocius Fowler, former proprietor.

Fowler; township in Trumbull County, Ohio, named for Samuel Fowler, a land proprietor.

Fowlerville; village in Livingston County, Michigan, named for Ralph Fowler, the first settler.

Fowlerville; village in Livingston County, New York, named for Wells Fowler, the first settler.

Foxburg; village in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, named for the original proprietor, H. M. Fox.

Fox Chase; substation in Philadelphia, named from an old race course and fox chase frequented many years ago by citizens of Philadelphia.

Foxcroft; town in Piscataquis County, Maine, named for Col. Joseph E. Foxcroft, of New Gloucester, an early proprietor.

Fox Lake; village in Dodge County, Wisconsin, named from the Indian name of the Lake, hosh a rac ah tah, "fox."

Frackville; borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, named for Daniel Frack, one of the original settlers.

Framboise; island in the Missouri River. A French word meaning "raspberry."

Framingham; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The name is evidently a corruption of Framlingham, Suffolk County, England.

Francestown; town in Hillsboro County, New Hampshire, named for the wife of Governor Benning Wentworth, whose maiden name was Frances Deering.

Franceville; town in El Paso County, Colorado, named for Hon. Matt France, of Colorado Springs.

Franceway; creek in Grant County, Arkansas. The name is a corruption of the name Francois, given by the early French.

Francis; creek in Humboldt County, California, named for a settler.

Franconia; town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, named from the Duchy in Germany.

Frank; island in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, named for the brother of Henry W. Elliott, of the Hay den expedition.

Frankford; station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, named by a land company which organized at Frankfort-on-the-Main in Germany, and which purchased the land upon which Germantown and other suburbs now stand.

Frankfort; city in Clinton County, Indiana, named for the city in Kentucky.

Frankfort; city in Marshall County, Kansas. The origin of the name is in dispute; one authority says it was named for Frank Schmidt, of Marysville, owner of the site, and another states the name was transferred from Frankfort-on-the-Main.

Frankfort; city in Franklin County, Kentucky, named for one of a band of pioneers, who alone succeeded in fording the Kentucky River, and was killed by Indians on reaching the opposite bank.

Frankfort; village in Herkimer County, New York, named for Lawrence Frank, an early settler.

Franklin; counties in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida; county, and town in Heard County, in Georgia; counties in Illinois and Indiana; county, and town in Lee County, in Iowa; county in Kansas; county, and city in Simpson County, in Kentucky; parish in Louisiana; county, and town in Hancock County, in Maine; county, and town in Norfolk County, in Massachusetts; counties in Mississippi and Missouri; county, and town in same county, in Nebraska; county, and village in Delaware County, in New York; county, and town in Macon County, in North Carolina; county in Ohio; county, and boroughs in Cambria and Venango counties, Pennsylvania; counties in Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington; and mountain in New Hampshire; named for Benjamin Franklin. Many other places throughout the country bear his name.

Franklin; town in Delaware County, New York, named for Temple Franklin.

Franklin; county in Texas, named for B. C. Franklin, first judge of the district court of the republic.

Frankstown; village in Blair County, Pennsylvania, named for Stephen Franks, a German trader.

Franktown; town in Douglas County, Colorado, named for Hon. J. Frank Gardner, an early resident.

Fraser; village in Macomb County, Michigan, named for a lawyer from Detroit, Michigan.

Frazer; creek in Humboldt County, California, named for an early settler.

Frazer; village in Delaware County, New York, named for Hugh Frazer, an early patentee.

Frederic; town in Crawford County, Michigan, named for Frederick Barker, a pioneer.

Frederica; town in Glynn County, Georgia, named for Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Frederick; county in Maryland, named for Frederick, son of Charles, Fifth Lord Baltimore. It may have been given also in reference to Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Frederick; county in Virginia;

Fredericksburg; city in Spottsylvania County, Virginia. Named for Frederick, Prince of Wales.

Fredericktown; city in Madison County, Missouri, named for George Frederick Bollinger, a former member of the State legislature.

Fredonia; city in Wilson County, Kansas, named for Fredonia, New York.

Fredonia; village in Chautauqua County, New York. The name was devised to signify "land of freedom," and proposed as a name for the United States.

Freeborn; county, and township in same county, in Minnesota, named for William Freeborn, a member of the council in 1855.

Freehold; town in Monmouth County, New Jersey, originally a freehold.

Freelandsville; village in Knox County, Indiana, named for Dr. John F. Freeland.

Freeman; town in Franklin County, Maine, named for Samuel Freeman, of Portland, Maine.

Freemansburg; borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, named for Jacob Freeman.

Freeo; creek in Arkansas. A corruption of the Spanish word frio, "cold."

Freeport; town in Cumberland County, Maine, so named because it was intended that it should be a free port. The named is found frequently in the country, generally having been given in the spirit of liberty.

Freeport; township and city in Stephenson County, Illinois. The name was first applied to the home of an early settler because of his hospitality, and clung to the settlement.

Freestone; county in Texas, so named from the character of the soil.

Freetown; town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, called by the original settlers Freeman's Land.

Fremont; county and pass in Colorado; counties in Idaho and Iowa; town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire; town in Steuben County, New York; city in Sandusky County, Ohio; island in Utah; county and peak of the Wind River Mountains, Wyoming; and many other places;

Fremontville; town in Ventura County, California. Named for Gen. John C. Fremont.

French; river in Massachusetts, so named from a settlement of French Protestants in the town of Oxford.

French Broad; river in North Carolina, so named because the country west of the Blue Ridge was held by the French, according to some authorities. Others hold that the river was named by a party of hunters for their captain, whose name was French. The latter part of the name is used descriptively.

Frenchburg; town in Menifee County, Kentucky, named for judge Richard French, prominent politician.

French Camp; town in Choctaw County, Mississippi, so named from an old settlement made by French.

Frenchman; bay on the coast of Maine, so named because a settlement was made here by Frenchmen.

Frenchs Mills; village in Albany County, New York, named for Abel French, who owned a factory there.

Fresno; county, city in same county, and river in California, so named from the heavy growth of ash trees; the Spanish form for "ash tree."

Friar Point; town in Coahoma County, Mississippi, named for an old woodchopper, an early settler.

Friedensville; village in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, named for an old Dutch church, Friedenskirche, meaning "peace church."

Friend; village in Saline County, Nebraska, named for C. E. Friend, the original owner of the town site.

Frio; county in Texas;

Friotown; village in Frio County, Texas. A Spanish word, meaning "cold."

Frontier; county in Nebraska, so named because it was on the frontier at the time of its naming.

Front Royal; town in Warren County, Virginia, first known as Royal Oak, named for an immense tree growing in the common. Front Royal originated from the circumstance of a colonel, who, becoming confused in his commands, ordered his regiment to "front the royal."

Frostburg; town in Allegany County, Maryland, named for a family who owned the land.

Fruita; town in Mesa County, Colorado;

Fruito; town in Glenn County, California. Named from their location in large fruit-growing districts.

Frustum; mount in Colorado, named from its shape.

Fryburg; town in North Dakota, named for General Fry, United States Army.

Fryeburg; town in Oxford County, Maine, named for its founder, Gen. Joseph Frye, a veteran officer of the French wars, who received a grant of land in Maine as a reward for his services.

Fulford; village in Eagle County, Colorado, named for A. H. Fulford, a pioneer.

Fullerton; city in Nance County, Nebraska, named for Randall Fuller, early stockman.

Fulton; county in Arkansas, named for William Savin Fulton, governor of the Territory.

Fulton; counties in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky; county, and villages in Montgomery and Oswego Counties, in New York, and county in Pennsylvania, named for Robert Fulton. His name has been given to numerous places throughout the country.

Fulton; city in Bourbon County, Kansas, named from Fulton, Illinois.

Funk; town in Phelps County, Nebraska, named for P. C. Funk.

Funkstown; town in Washington County, Maryland, named for Jacob Funk, original proprietor.

Furnas; county in Nebraska, named for Robert W. Furnas, governor in 1873-1875.

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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