US Place Names ~ Havilandsville, Kentucky to Holdridge, Nebraska

Havilandsville; village in Harrison County, Kentucky, named for Robert Haviland.

Havre de Grace; town in Harford County, Maryland. A French phrase meaning "harbor of grace." Probably named from the French seaport, Havre, formerly known as Havre de Grace.

Haw; river, and town in Alabama County, in North Carolina, named from the Indian tribe Sissipahaw.

Hawesville; city in Hancock County, Kentucky, named for Richard Hawses.

Hawkeye; town in Fayette County, Iowa, named for a noted Indian chief.

Hawkins; county in Tennessee, named for Benjamin Hawkins, United States Senator from North Carolina.

Hawkinsville; town in Pulaski County, Georgia, named for Col. Benjamin Hawkins, Indian agent.

Hawks Nest; town in Fayette County, West Virginia, named from a cliff on New River.

Hawley; town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, named for Joseph Hawley, of Northampton.

Hawthorne; borough in Passaic County, New Jersey, named for Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Hayden; town in Grand County, Colorado; mountain in the Grand Teton Range in Wyoming, and valley in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming;

Hayden Hill; village in Lassen County, California. Named for Dr. Ferdinand V. Hayden, the geologist.

Haydensville; village in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, named for Joel Hayden, its founder.

Hayes; village in Douglas County, Illinois, named for Samuel Jarvis Hayes, a railroad official.

Hayes; county in Nebraska and mount in New Hampshire, named for President Rutherford B. Haves.

Hayesville; town in Clay County, North Carolina, named for George W. Hayes, State senator.

Hays; city in Ellis County, Kansas, named for Gen. William Hays, United States Army.

Hays; county in Texas, named for John C. Hays, colonel in the Texan service in the war between Mexico and the United States.

Hay Sprins; village in Sheridan County, Nebraska, so named because of the vast quantities of hay cut in the valley just east of the springs.

Hayward; town in Sawyer County, Wisconsin, named for Anthony J. Hayward, its founder.

Haywards; town in Alameda County, California, named for an early settler.

Haywood: county in North Carolina, named for John Haywood, State treasurer.

Haywood; county in Tennessee, named for Judge John Haywood, author of a history of Tennessee.

Hazardville; village in Hartford County, Connecticut, named for Colonel Hazard, owner of powder works.

Hazelton; city in Barber County, Kansas, named for its founder, Rev. J. H. Hazelton.

Hazlehurst; town in Copiah County, Mississippi, named for Col. George H. Hazlehurst.

Hazlerigg; village in Boone County, Indiana, named for H. G. Hazlerigg, its founder.

Hazleton; city in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, so named from the great abundance of hazel bushes.

Healdsburg; city in Sonoma County, California, named for Col. Harmon Heald, an early settler.

Healing Springs; village in Bath County, Virginia, named for the thermal mineral springs, situated there.

Heard; county in Georgia, named for Stephen Heard, an officer of the American Revolution.

Heath; town in Franklin County, Massachusetts, named for Gen. William M. Heath.

Heath Springs; town in Lancaster County, South Carolina, named for a firm of capitalists, Heath & Springs.

Heber; city in Wasatch County, Utah, named for Heber C. Kimball, a leader of the Mormons.

Hebron; twenty-five cities, towns, and villages in the United States bear the name of the ancient city in Palestine.

Heceta; village in Lane County, Oregon, probably named for the early explorer, Capt. Bruno de Heceta.

Hector; town in Schuyler County, New York, named for the character in the Iliad.

Hedges; peak in Yellowstone Park, named for Cornelius Hedges.

Hedrick; town in Keokuk County, Iowa, named for General Hedrick.

Heidelberg; name of several places in the United States settled by colonists from Heidelberg in Germany.

Helderberg; plateau in New York, so named because of the fine prospect from it. A Dutch word meaning "clear mountain.''

Helena; city in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. Opinions differ as to the origin of the name, for by some it is supposed to be named for Helen of Troy, but, according to the Helena Historical Directory of 1879, it was named by John Somerville, of Minnesota, St. Helena, from the resemblance in its location to that of the original St. Helena. It was then voted to drop the prefix Saint.

Helena; village in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for the daughter of Joseph Pitcairn, of New York.

Helicon; village in Winston County, Alabama, named from the ancient mountain in Boeotia.

Hellertown; borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, named for a family of early settlers.

Hellgate; river in Montana, named by Father de Smet porte de l'enfer, meaning "gate of hell," because by way of the river the Blackfeet Indians reached the settlers.

Hell Gate; narrow pass in East River, New York. A Dutch word hellegat, the translation of which is "bright strait," or "clear opening." The Anglicized form was applied to the pass as being appropriate on account of whirlpools which made navigation at that point dangerous.

Hell Roaring; creek in Yellowstone Park, so named by a prospecting party, one of whom described the creek as a "hell roarer."

Helvetia; village in Randolph County, West Virginia, settled by Swiss, and by them given the ancient name of Switzerland. Post-villages in Pima County, Arizona, and Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, also bear this name.

Hemlock; lake in New York. A translation of the Indian word onehda.

Hemphill; county in Texas, named for John Hemphill, former Congressman from Texas.

Hempstead; county in Arkansas, named for Edward Hempstead, first delegate to Congress from Missouri Territory.

Hempstead; towns in Nassau County, New York, and Waller County, Texas, named by early settlers from Hemel-Hempstead in England.

Henderson; county and river in Illinois; county, and city in same county, in Kentucky, and county, and village in Chester County, Tennessee, named for Col. Richard Henderson, of Kentucky.

Henderson; town in Wexford County, Michigan, named for its first settler.

Henderson; village in York County, Nebraska, named for David Henderson, one of its first settlers.

Henderson; town in Jefferson County, New York, named for William Henderson, a proprietor.

Henderson; county in North Carolina, named for Chief Justice Leonard Henderson.

Henderson; county in Texas, named for James Pinckney Henderson, foreign minister in the days of the republic; its first governor.

Henderson; village in Mason County, West Virginia, named for a family of early settlers.

Hendersonville; town in Henderson County, North Carolina, named for Chief Justice Leonard Henderson.

Hendricks; county in Indiana, named for William Hendricks, one of the early governors of the State.

Hendrix; village in McLean County, Illinois, named for John Hendrix, the first settler in the county.

Henlopen; cape on the coast of Delaware. Derived from the Dutch words hin loop or inlopen, meaning to "run in."

Hennepin; county in Minnesota, and village in Putnam County, Illinois, named for Louis Hennepin, a Franciscan missionary, explorer, and author.

Hennessey; city in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, named for Pat Hennessey, an Indian fighter, who was killed upon the ground which later became the town site.

Henniker; town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, named for John Henniker, esq., a merchant of London.

Henrico; county in Virginia, named for the Prince of Wales, son of James I.

Henrietta; town in Monroe County, New York, named for Henrietta Laura, Countess of Bath.

Henrietta; town in Rutherford County, North Carolina, named for the wife of S. B. Tanner.

Henry; counties in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio; county and mountain in Tennessee, and county in Virginia, named for Patrick Henry, of Virginia.

Henry; lake in Idaho, and fork of Snake River, named for one of the partners of the Northwest Fur Company.

Henry; township and city in Marshall County, Illinois, named for Gen. James D. Henry, a prominent leader in the Black Hawk war.

Henry; county in Iowa, named for Gen. Henry Dodge, governor of the Territory of Wisconsin.

Henry; cape on coast of Virginia, named for the Prince of Wales, son of James I.

Henson; town in Hinsdale County, Colorado, named from the creek, which was named for any early settler.

Hepburn; town in Page County, Iowa, named for Congressman Hepburn.

Hepler; city in Crawford County, Kansas, named for B. F. Hepler, of Fort Scott.

Herculaneum; village in Jefferson County, Missouri, named from the ancient Roman city.

Herington; city in Dickinson County, Kansas, named for M. D. Herington, its founder.

Herkimer; county in New York, named for Gen. Nicholas Herkimer, a German, one of the patentees.

Herman; village in Washington County, Nebraska, named for Samuel Herman, conductor on the Omaha and Northwestern Railroad.

Hermann; town in Gasconade County, Missouri, settled by Germans, and named by them for their countryman, who fought so bravely at the time of the Roman invasion.

Hermitage; town in Hickory County, Missouri, named from the residence of Andrew Jackson.

Hermon, village in St. Lawrence County, New York, named from the mountain in Syria.

Hermosa; town in San Bernardino County, and beach in Los Angeles County, California, descriptively named. A Spanish word, meaning "beautiful."

Hernando; county in Florida and city in De Soto County, Mississippi, named for Hernando De Soto, discoverer of the Mississippi River.

Hersey; village in Nobles County, Minnesota, named for General Hersey, of Maine, largely interested in the then Territory.

Hertford; county, and town in Perquimans County, in North Carolina, named for Conway, Marquis of Hertford.

Hettinger; county in North Dakota, named for an early settler.

Heuvelton; village in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Jacob Van Heuvel.

Hewes; point in Penobscot Bay, Maine, named for its first settler, Paola Hewes.

Heyworth; village in McLean County, Illinois, named for Lawrence Heyworth, a railroad stockholder.

Hiawatha; city in Brown County, Kansas, named for the hero of Longfellow's poem.

Hibernia; villages in Clay County, Florida, Morris County, New Jersey, and Dutchess County, New York, bearing the ancient Latin name of Ireland.

Hickman; county, and city in Fulton County, Kentucky, named for Capt. Paschal Hickman.

Hickman; county in Tennessee, named for Edmund Hickman.

Hickory; town in Newton County, Mississippi, county in Missouri, and town in Catawba County, North Carolina, name for President Andrew Jackson, Old Hickory. This name alone or with suffixes is borne by 46 places in the United States.

Hickory Flats; town in Benton County, Mississippi, named for a near-by hickory grove.

Hicks; island at entrance to Napeague Bay, Long Island, New York, named for the owner.

Hicksville; village in Queens County, New York, named for Charles Hicks, the Quaker reformer.

Hicksville; village in Defiance County, Ohio, named for Henry W. Hicks, who was one of the founders.

Hidalgo; county in Texas, said to be named for Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest, and leader in Mexican war of independence.

Higganum; village in Middlesex County, Connecticut. A corruption of the Indian word tomhegan-ompakut, meaning "at the tomahawk rock."

Higginsport; village in Brown County, Ohio, named for Col. Robert Higgins, who laid it out.

Higginsville; city in Lafayette County, Missouri, named for Harvey J. Higgins, who originally owned the land upon which the city is built.

Highbridge; borough in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, named for its remarkable railroad bridge.

Highgate; town in Franklin County, Vermont, named from the chapelry in Middlesex, England.

Highland; city in Duniphin County, Kansas, and counties in Ohio and Virginia, so named on account of the high location.

Highlands; borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, adjacent to the Atlantic Highlands, and taking its name therefrom.

Highlands; broken hills on the Hudson River, New York. The name is derived from hogeland, or hoogland, meaning "highland," originally given by the Dutch.

Highlands; town in Mason County, North Carolina, so named because it is the highest village east of the Mississippi.

High Point; village in Guilford County, North Carolina, so named because it is the highest point on the North Carolina Railroad.

Hightower; village in Forsyth County, Georgia, on the Etowah River. The name is a corruption of the name of the river.

Hightstown; borough in Mercer County, New Jersey, named for the Hight family.

Hildebran; village in Burke County, North Carolina, named for Pope Gregory VII.

Hilgard; mountain in Utah, named for J. E. Hilgard, formerly superintendent United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Hill; city in Graham County, Kansas, named for W. R. Hill, who located the town.

Hill; town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, named for Isaac Hill, governor, 1836-1839.

Hill; county in Texas, so named because of the range of hills extending through the easterly part. Another authority contends it was named for George W. Hill.

Hillburn; town in Rockland County, New York, originally named Woodburn, changed in 1882 to Hillburn in order not to conflict with a post-office of the same name in that State. Both names are descriptive.

Hillers; mountain in Utah, named for John H. Hillers, photographer.

Hillsboro; counties in Florida and New Hampshire, and town in Orange County, North Carolina, named for the Earl of Hillsborough.

Hillsboro; township and city in Montgomery County, Illinois, named from its location on hills.

Hillsboro; city in Marion County, Kansas, named for a former mayor, John G. Hill.

Hillsboro; township and city in Traill County, North Dakota, named for James Hill, a prominent railroad official.

Hillsboro; city in Hill County, Texas, named from the county.

Hillsboro; town in Loudoun County, Virginia, named for its location in a gap of a short hill range.

Hillsboro; village in Vernon County, Wisconsin, named for the Hillsboro brothers, who made the first claim within the town.

Hillsdale; county in Michigan, so named because of its rolling surface, hills and valleys.

Hiltonhead; village in Beaufort County, North Carolina, said to have been named for the captain of the ship in which Colonel Sayle came over to make discoveries.

Hinckley; lake, and village in Oneida County, New York, named for a resident family.

Hinds; county in Mississippi, named for Gen. Thomas Hinds, former Congressman from that State.

Hinesburg; town in Chittenden County, Vermont, named for an original proprietor, Abel Hines.

Hinesville; town in Liberty County, Georgia, named for Charlton Hines, esquire.

Hingham; town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, named from the town in England.

Hinsdale; county in Colorado, named for Lieutenant-Governor George A. Hinsdale.

Hinsdale; village in Dupage County, Illinois, named for H. W. Hinsdale, a prominent railroad man, and from the town of Hinsdale, New York.

Hinsdale; town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named for Rev. Theodore Hinsdale.

Hinsdale; town in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, named for Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale, one of its principal inhabitants.

Hinton; city in Summers County, West Virginia, named for the former owner of the town site.

Hippocrass; island in Maine, probably so named by seamen, the word meaning "spiced wine."

Hiram; town in Oxford County, Maine, and township in Portage County, Ohio, named for Hiram, King of Tyre, 1014 B. C. The name means "nobly born."

Hitchcock; county in Nebraska, named for Phineas W. Hitchcock, senator from Nebraska.

Hoback; peak and river in Wyoming, named for an early trapper with the Missouri Fur Company.

Hobart; town in Wexford County, Michigan, named for the first settler.

Hobart; town in Delaware County, New York, named for Bishop Hobart, of New Jersey.

Hobgood; town in Halifax County, North Carolina, named for the principal of the Oxford Female Seminary.

Hoboken; city in Hudson County, New Jersey. Derived from the Indian word hopocan, meaning "tobacco pipe" or "pipe country."

Hockanum; river and village in Hartford County, Connecticut. An Indian word, meaning "hook-shaped," or "hook;" so named because of the change in the course of the river at this point.

Hockendaqua; stream in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word, meaning "searching for land."

Hockessin; village in Newcastle County, Delaware. An Indian word meaning "good bark;" applied to this locality on account of the good quality of white oak found there.

Hocking; river and county in Ohio. Derived from the Delaware Indian word hockhocky "gourd" or "bottle," and ing, meaning "place;" so called because at this point the river suddenly assumes the shape of a bottle.

Hockley; county in Texas, named for G. W. Hockley, prominent in the Texan revolution.

Hodgdon; town in Aroostook County, Maine, named for the proprietor, John Hodgdon.

Hodgreman; county in Kansas, named for Amos Hodgeman, captain Company H, Seventh Kansas.

Hodgensville; town in Larue County, Kentucky, named for Robert Hodgen.

Hodges; ledge of rock in Massachusetts, named for Isaac Hodges.

Hodges; town in Greenwood County, South Carolina, named for a resident family.

Hoffman; mount in California, named for Charles F. Hoffman, State geological survey.

Hoffman; village in Richmond County, North Carolina, named for a resident family.

Hoffmans Ferry; village in Schenectady County, New York, named for John Hoffman, owner of a ferry.

Hog Creek; village in Allen County, Ohio, named from a stream with the Indian name, koskosepe, meaning "hog river."

Hohenlinden; village in Chickasaw County, Missouri, named from the village in Bavaria.

Hohokus; town in Bergen County, New Jersey, said to be derived from the Indian word ho-hokes, meaning "a shout," or "some kind of a tree bark."

Hoisington; city in Barton County, Kansas, named for A. J. Hoisington, of Great Bend.

Hokah; village in Houston County, Minnesota, named from the river. An Indian word meaning "horn."

Hokaman; lakes in Minnesota. An Indian word meaning "where herons set."

Holbrook; town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, named for Elisha Holbrook, a prominent citizen.

Holden; town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, named for the Hon. Samuel Holden, one of the directors of the Bank of England.

Holden; city in Johnson County, Missouri, named for Major Nathaniel Holden, prominent in the history of the county.

Holderness; town in Grafton County, New Hampshire, named from the district in Yorkshire, England.

Holdridge; town in Phelps County, Nebraska, named for G. W. Holdridge, superintendent Burlington and Missouri River Railway.

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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