US Place Names ~ Livingston, South Carolina to Luce County, Michigan

Livingston; town in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, named for a prominent resident family.

Livonia; townships in Wayne County, Michigan, and Livingston County, New York, named from a province of Russia.

Lizard; river in Iowa; the name is a translation of the Indian name, wassaka-pompah, "river with lizards." *

Llagas; post-office in Santa Clara County, California. A Spanish name meaning "wounds," a term frequently applied to the crucifixion.

Llano; towns in Los Angeles and Sonoma counties, California, named from their location on level ground. A Spanish word meaning "plain."

Llano; county and river in Texas, so called because of the level character of the land.

Llano Estacado; an elevated plateau in northwest Texas and New Mexico; Spanish words meaning "staked plain," applied to this plateau on account of the stake-like boles of the yucca plant which grows there.

Loachapoka; town in Macon County, Alabama. An Indian word meaning "here terrapins are killed."

Locke; town in Cayuga County, New York, named for the philosopher, John Locke.

Lock Haven; city in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, so named because of the two locks and a safe harbor near it.

Lockport; township and village in Will County, Illinois, named for its location at the principal locks of the Illinois and Michigan canal.

Lockport; village in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, so named because it was once a favorite tying-up place for the river boats.

Lockport; city in Niagara County, New York, so named for the double tier of locks at this point.

Loda; township and village in Iroquois County, Illinois, named from Ossian's poem, Cath-Loda.

Lodi; borough and township in Bergen County, New Jersey, town in Columbia County, Wisconsin, and several other places, named from the city in Italy.

Logan; mountain in Arizona and counties in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Oklahoma, named for Gen. John A. Logan.

Logan; county in Arkansas, named for James Logan, a pioneer settler.

Logan; county in Illinois, named for judge Samuel T. Logan, for several years a law partner of Abraham Lincoln.

Logan; counties in Kentucky and Ohio, named for Gen. Benjamin Logan, a pioneer.

Logan; creek in Nebraska, village in Hocking County, Ohio, and city in Cache County, Utah, named for Logan Fontanelle, a friendly Indian chief.

Logan; county in West Virginia, named for Logan, an Indian chief of the Mingo tribe.

Logansport; city in Cass County, Indiana, named for Captain Logan, a Shawnee Indian chief, nephew of Tecumseh.

Loleta; town in Humboldt County, California. The Mexican colloquial term for "Mary of the Sorrows." Another authority states it is of Indian origin, meaning "pleasant place."

Lolo; town in Missoula County, Montana, meaning, in the Nez Perce language, "muddy water."

Loma Linda; town in San Bernardino County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "boundary hill," marking a corner in the old Spanish land grant.

Lonaconing; village in Allegany County, Maryland. A Delaware Indian word meaning "where many waters meet."

Loma Prieta; village in Santa Cruz County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "dark-colored hillock."

Loma Vista; town in Los Angeles County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "view from a hill in the midst of a plain."

Lombardville; village in Stark County, Illinois, named for the Lombard family, its founders, and part owners of the site.

Lomitas; town in Napa County, California. A descriptive Spanish name meaning "little hills."

London; village in Madison County, Ohio, and ten other places, being directly or indirectly named from the city in England.

Londonderry; towns in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, and Windham County, Vermont, so named in compliment to Rev. Matthew Clark, who distinguished himself in the defense of Londonderry, Ireland.

Lone Rock; village in Richland County, Wisconsin, so named on account of the remarkable mound of sandstone situated near the town.

Lone Tree; town in Johnson County, Iowa, named for a single tree which stands in the prairie.

Long Branch; celebrated watering place in New Jersey, taking its name from a branch of South Shrewsbury River.

Long Island; island on the Atlantic coast, part of the State of New York. An Anglicization of the Dutch name, Lange Eylandt.

Longmeadow; town in Hampden County, Massachusetts, so named on account of the presence of a long meadow within the township.

Longmont; town in Boulder County, Colorado. A combination of the name of the discoverer of Longs Peak and the French mont, "mountain."

Longton; city in Elk County, Kansas, named from the town in England.

Longs; peak in Colorado, named for Capt. Stephen D. Long.

Long Tom; stream in the Willamette Valley; the name is a corruption of the Indian word, lung-tum-ler.

Longview; town in Gregg County, Texas, so named because of the extensive view afforded by a hill.

Lonoke; county in Arkansas. Said by one authority to be an Indian word meaning "the people," but according to another authority it was so named on account of the presence of a lone oak tree which stood near its present site.

Lonsdale; village in Providence County, Rhode Island, named from the division in England.

Lookout; town in Modoc County, California, so named from the extensive view.

Lookout; capes in North Carolina and Oregon, so named because of the dangers of navigation at these points.

Lookout; mountain in Tennessee, so named on account of the extensive prospect from its summit.

Loose; creek in Osage County, Missouri. Corrupted from l'Ours.

Lorain; county in Ohio, named from Loraine in France.

Lordstown; township in Trumbull County, Ohio, named for a Lord family of the State.

Loretto; borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, named from the city in Italy.

Los Alamos; town in Kern County, California. A Spanish name meaning "The poplars."

Los Alisos; town in Los Angeles County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the alder trees," a descriptive name.

Lob Angeles; county, and city in the same county, in California. A Spanish name meaning "the angels."

Los Bancs; health resort in Merced County, California. A Spanish name meaning "the baths."

Los Berros; town in San Luis Obis County, California. From the Spanish meaning "the water cresses."

Los Gatos; city in Santa Clara County, California. A Spanish name meaning "The cats," and doubtless applied to the city because of the presence of wild-cats in the country.

Los Laureles; town in Monterey County, California. A Spanish name, descriptively applied, meaning "the laurels."

Los Medanos; town in Contra Costa County, California. A Spanish name meaning "the sand dunes on the seashore."

Los Nietos; township in Los Angeles County, California. A Spanish term meaning "the grandchildren."

Los Olivos; village in Santa Barbara County, California. A Spanish term meaning "the olives."

Los Pinos; river in Colorado. A Spanish name meaning "the pines."

Lost; river in Washington County, Indiana, which for several miles is lost in a subterranean channel.

Lostant; village in Lasalle County, Illinois, named for the Countess of Lostant, wife of the French minister to the United States about 1860.

Lost River; stream in Hardin County, West Virginia, which flows through a cave in a mountain and on the other side is known as the Capon River.

Lett; town in Falls County, Texas, named for a prominent citizen.

Loudon; town in Merrimac County, New Hampshire, named for the Earl of Loudon.

Loudon; county in Tennessee, named from Fort Loudon.

Loudonville; village in Ashland County, Ohio, named for James Loudon Priest, one of the original surveyors.

Loudoun; county in Virginia, named for the Earl of Loudon.

Louisa; county in Iowa, named for Louisa Massey.

Louisa; county, and town in the same county, in Virginia, named for the daughter of George II.

Louisburg; town in Franklin County, North Carolina, named for the fortress.

Louisiana; State of the Union, named for Louis XIV of France.

Louisiana; city in Pike County, Missouri, named from Louisiana Territory, of which it was a part when founded.

Louisville; township and village in Clay County, Illinois, named for a family of settlers named Lewis, the change in orthography having been made by mistake.

Louisville; city in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, named for Louis Wilson, the son of the original preemptor of the town site.

Louisville; city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, named for Louis XVI of France.

Louisville; town in Winston County, Mississippi, named for Col. Louis Winston, a prominent early settler.

Loup; county in Nebraska, named for the tribe of Pawnee Loups.

Love; town in De Soto County, Mississippi, named for Colonel Love.

Loveland; village in Larimer County, Colorado, named for Hon. W. A. H. Loveland.

Lovewell; mountain and pond in New Hampshire, named for Capt. John Lovewell, the hero of a fight with the Indians.

Loving; county in Texas, named for Oliver Loving, an early pioneer.

Lovington; township and village in Moultrie County, Illinois, named for Andrew Love, the first postmaster.

Lowell; military post in Arizona, named for Gen. C. R. Lowell.

Lowell; town in Penobscot County, Maine, named for Lowell Hayden, the first person born within its limits.

Lowell; plantation in Franklin County, Maine, city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, village in Kent County, Michigan, and town in Gaston County, North Carolina, named for Francis Cabot Lowell, of Boston.

Low Freight; stream in Clark County, Arkansas. The name is a corruption of the original French name, l'eau froid, meaning "the cold water."

Lowndes; counties in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, named for William Jones Lowndes, member of Congress from South Carolina.

Lowndesville; town in Abbeville County, South Carolina, named for the Lowndes family, prominent in that State.

Lowville; town in Lewis County, New York, named for Nicholas Low.

Loyalhanna; stream and township in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The name is a corruption of the Delaware Indian word laweel-hanna, meaning "middle stream."

Loyalsock; branch of the Susquehanna River, and township in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. A corruption of the Delaware Indian, lawi-saquik, meaning "middle creek."

Loydsville; town in Belmot County, Ohio, named for a Welsh family.

Lubbock; county in Texas, named for Tom Lubbock, a colonel in the civil war.

Lucas; county, and town in same county, in Iowa, and county in Ohio, named for Robert Lucas, governor of Ohio and first governor of Iowa Territory.

Luce; county in Michigan, named for Governor Cyrus G. Luce.

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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