US Place Names ~ Tabery, New York to Tipton County, Tennessee

Tabery; village in Oneida County, New York, named from the iron-mining town in Sweden.

Table Rock; village in Pawnee County, Nebraska, so named because situated near a large, flat-topped rock.

Tacoma; city in Pierce County, Washington. From the Indian name meaning "mountain."

Taconic; village in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and range of hills in Massachusetts. An Indian word meaning "forest" or "wilderness."

Taghkanick; creek and village in Columbia County, New York. An Indian word said to mean "there is water enough."

Tahoe; lake in California and Nevada. An Indian word meaning "big water."

Talbot; county in Georgia, named for Matthew Talbot, acting governor of the State in 1819.

Talbot; county in Maryland, probably named for a son of Sir Robert Talbot, of Ireland, who married Grace, the daughter of Sir George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore, though same authorities state that it was named for the uncle of Lady Talbot.

Talbott; village in Jefferson County, Tennessee, named for Col. John Talbott. Talbotton; town in Talbot County, Georgia, named for Matthew Talbot, acting governor of the State in 1819.

Taliaferro; county in Georgia, named for Col. Benjamin Taliaferro.

Talladega; county, and city in same county in Alabama. A Creek Indian name meaning "at the end," "on the border," hence a town on the frontier.

Tallahassee; city in Leon County, Florida. A Seminole Indian word meaning "old town;" so named because it is supposed to have been the site of Indian cornfields in remote times.

Tallahatchie; county in Mississippi, named from the principal branch of the Yazoo River in the same State. An Indian word meaning "river of the rock."

Tallapoosa; county in Alabama and city in Haralson County, Georgia, named from the river.

Tallapoosa; river in Georgia and Alabama. An Indian word meaning "swift current," or, according to other authorities, "stranger" or "newcomer."

Talleyville; village in Newcastle County, Delaware, named for the Talley family, early residents.

Tallmadge; township in Summit County, Ohio, named for Col. Benjamin Tallmadge, an original land proprietor.

Tama; county in Iowa. An Indian word meaning "beautiful," "pleasant," "lovely," or the name of the wife of the Indian chief Poweshiek. Still another authority states that it is named for a chief whose name meant "bear whose voice makes the rocks tremble."

Tamalpais; village and mountain in Marin County, California. A Spanish word meaning "region of the Tamal Indians."

Tamanend; village in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, named for a celebrated Delaware Indian chief, better known as Tammany, the word meaning "beaver-like," or "amiable."

Tamaqua; borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. From an Indian word meaning "beaver stream."

Tamaroa; village in Perry County, Illinois, named from a tribe of Illinois Indians.

Tampa; city in Hillsboro County and bay on the west coast of Florida. From the Indian word itimpi, meaning "close to it," or "near it."

Tampico; township and village in Whiteside County, Illinois, named from Tampico in Mexico.

Taney; county in Missouri, named for Roger B. Taney, chief justice of the United States.

Tangipahoa; river, parish, and town in same parish, in Louisiana, named for an Indian tribe, the word meaning "those who gather maize stalks."

Tankhanna, creek in Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word meaning "smaller stream."

Taopi; village in Mower County, Minnesota, said to be named for a Sioux Indian chief who befriended the whites in the Minnesota massacre, 1862, the word meaning "wounded."

Tappan; town in Harrison County, Ohio; Tappantown; village in Rockland County, New York. Said to be from an Indian word meaning "cold stream."

Tar; creek in Ventura County, California, named from the asphaltum deposits.

Tar; river in North Carolina; Tarboro; town in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Named from the river, which received its name on account of the tar made upon its banks by early colonial settlers. Wheeler gives the origin of the name of the river as from the Indian word tou, "river of health."

Tarentum; borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, named from the city of Taranto in Italy.

Tarkio; township, city, and river in Atchison County, in Missouri. An Indian word meaning "difficult to ford."

Tarrant; county in Texas, named for an early settler prominent in politics after the annexation.

Tarrant; creek in Virginia, named for the family who owned much land along its Western border.

Tarryall; peak and stream in Colorado, so named because of the rich placers found along the latter.

Tarrytown; village in Westchester County, New York. A modification of its former name of terwen, "wheat town," given on account of its large crops of that cereal.

Tatamy; borough in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, named for a chief of the Delaware Indians who was prominent in the colonial history of the State.

Tate; county in Mississippi, named for a prominent family, of which T. S. Tate was a member.

Tatonka; village in Ellsworth County, Kansas. A Sioux Indian word meaning "buffalo.''

Tattnall; county in Georgia, named for Josiah Tattnall, an early governor.

Tatum; town in Marlboro County, South Carolina, named for a resident family.

Taunton; river, and city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, named from the town in England.

Tawas; city in Iosco County, Michigan. A contraction of tawawa, "trader."

Tawawa; town in Shelby County, Ohio. An Indian word meaning "trader."

Taycheedah; village in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, so named because of the Indian camp made upon Lake Winnebago. An Indian word meaning "lake camp."

Taylor; town in Shasta County, and peak in Humboldt County, California, named for an early settler.

Taylor; counties in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, and Kentucky, and towns in Cortland County, New York, and Williamson County, Texas, named for Gen. Zachary Taylor.

Taylor; town in Lafayette County, Mississippi, named for an early settler.

Taylor; county in Texas, named for a family of early settlers.

Taylor; county in West Virginia, named for John Taylor, of Caroline County, Virginia.

Taylor; county in Wisconsin, named for David Taylor, justice of the Supreme Court.

Taylor Center; village in Wayne County, Michigan, named for Gen. Zachary Taylor.

Taylor Ridge; mountains in Floyd County, Georgia, named for Richard Taylor, a Cherokee chief, who lived near their base.

Taylors Falls; village in Chisago County, Minnesota, named for one of the first settlers, member of the Northwest Lumber Company.

Taylorsville; village in Bartholomew County, Indiana, named for Gen. Zachary Taylor.

Taylorsville; town in Spencer County, Kentucky, named for Richard Taylor, the former proprietor of the land.

Taylorsville; town in Alexander County, North Carolina, named for John L. Taylor, a former judge of the State.

Taylorsville; village in Muskingum County, Ohio, named for James Taylor, who laid it out.

Taylorville; township and city in Christian County. Illinois, named for John Taylor, one of the commissioners who located the county seat.

Tazewell; village in Marion County, Georgia, and county, and town in same county, in Virginia, named for Senator Henry Tazewell of Virginia.

Tazewell; county in Illinois, named for Governor Littleton W. Tazewell, of Virginia, 1834-1836.

Tchemanahaut; stream in Hot Springs County, Arkansas. A corruption of the French chemin en haut, "high road."

Tecumseh; village in Lenawee County, Michigan, cities in Johnson County, Nebraska, and Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, and several other places named for the Shawnee chief. The name refers to a panther, and figuratively to a shooting star.

Tehachapi; town and pass in Kern County, California, named for the Indian tribe Ta hi cha pa han na.

Tehama; county in California. The name is derived from one of the Indian languages, and is said to mean "high water." The name was applied from the fact that at certain seasons the Sacramento River overflowed its banks at this point, partially submerging the settlement.

Tejon; post-office, fort, and mountain pass in Kern County, California. A Spanish word meaning "badger."

Tekonsha; village in Calhoun County, Michigan, named for the Indian chief of the tribe who formerly occupied the town site.

Telfair; county in (Georgia, named for Edward Telfair, one of the early governors of the State.

Tell City; city in Perry County, Indiana, named by its Swiss colonists for William Tell.

Teller; county, and town in Mineral County, in Colorado, named for Senator Teller of the State.

Telluride; town in San Miguel County, Colorado, named from the ore found in the vicinity.

Temescal; town in Riverside County, California. From a Spanish word meaning "sweat house."

Temple; town in Hillsboro County, New Hampshire, named for John Temple, a relative of Earl Temple, of England.

Temple; city in Bell County, Texas, named for Major B. M. Temple.

Templeton; town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, said to have been named for Earl Temple.

Tenafly; borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. A Dutch word meaning "at the meadow."

Tenasillihee; island in the Columbia River, Oregon. An Indian word meaning "little land."

Tenino; town in Thurston County, Washington, named for an Indian tribe.

Tenley; substation in Washington, D. C. Named for two sisters, weavers, who lived near the old toll-gate.

Tennessee; State of the Union, and a tributary of the Ohio River. The word is of Cherokee origin, being the name of several former "settlements of that tribe, but has lost its meaning, attempted interpretations being purely fanciful.

Tennessee; township and village in McDonough County, Illinois, named from the native State of its founders.

Tensas; parish in Louisiana, named for a tribe of Indians now extinct.

Teocalli; mountain in Colorado, so named because shaped like a Mexican pyramid.

Terrebonne; parish in Louisiana, named for a place in Canada. A French name meaning "good land."

Terre Haute; city in Vigo County, Indiana, built upon a bank 60 feet above the river. A French name meaning "high land."

Terrell; county in Georgia, named for Dr. William Terrell, an early member of Congress from that State.

Terrell; city in Kaufman County, Texas, named for Capt. Robert A. Terrell, the first settler in the neighborhood.

Terre Noir; creek in Arkansas. A French name meaning "black land."

Terrill; mountain in Utah, named for the wife of J. H. Renshawe, of the United States Geological Survey.

Terry; town in Hinds County, Mississippi, named for Bill Terry, a resident.

Terry; county in Texas, named for Frank Terry, commander of the Texas Rangers in the civil war.

Terryville; village in Litchfield County, Connecticut, named for a manufacturer of wooden clocks in the village.

Teton; town in Fremont County, Idaho, county, river, and mountain in Montana, and range of mountains in Wyoming, named for a division of the Sioux tribe, whose name was variously written Teton, Titon, or Titowan, and means "prairie dwellers."

Teutopolis; village in Effingham County, Illinois, originally settled by a colony of Germans from Cincinnati. From Teuton, an ancient tribe of Germans, and opolis.

Tewksbury; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, probably named from the town in England.

Texarkana; city in Miller County, Arkansas, near the border between Arkansas and Texas.

The name is a combination of these two names. Texas; largest State of the Union. The generally accepted version of the name is that it is an Indian word used as a token of friendship.

Texas; county in Missouri, named from the Republic of Texas.

Thames; river in Connecticut, named from the river in England.

Thatchers; island in Massachusetts, named for Anthony Thacher, who was ship-wrecked there in 1635.

Thayer; city in Neosho County, Kansas, named for Nathaniel Thayer, of Boston.

Thayer; county in Nebraska, named for Governor John M. Thayer.

The Clips; ridge of hills extending from the Adirondack Mountains into Fulton County, New York. From the German klippe, meaning "high, steep rocks."

The Dalles; city in Wasco County, Oregon, named for the rapids, or "dalles" in the Columbia River, near which the city is located.

The Geysers; town in Sonoma County, California, named from the hot springs. Theresa; town in Jefferson County, New York, named for the daughter of James Le Ray de Chaumont.

Thermal; town in Riverside County, California, named from the hot springs.

Thibodaux; town in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, named for H. S. Thibodeaux.

Thielsen; mountain in Oregon, named for Hans Thielsen, chief engineer of the Oregon and California Railroad.

Thomas; county in Georgia, named for Gen. Jett Thomas.

Thomas; county in Kansas, named for Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.

Thomas; mountains in Utah, named for Col. L. Thomas.

Thomasboro; village in Champaign County, Illinois, named for John Thomas, an early settler.

Thomaston; town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, named for a family of manufacturers.

Thomaston; town in Upson County, Georgia, name for Gen. Jett Thomas.

Thomaston; town in Knox County, Maine, named for Gen. John Thomas, of Massachusetts.

Thomasville; town in Thomas County, Georgia, named for Gen. Jett Thomas.

Thomasville; town in Davidson County, North Carolina, named for State senator Thomas.

Thompson; township in Geauga County, Ohio, named for Matthew Thompson, of Connecticut.

Thorndike; town in Waldo County, Maine, named for Thomas Thorndike, one of the original proprietors.

Thornton; town in Holmes County, Mississippi, named for Dr. C. C. Thornton, a large landowner.

Thornton; town in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Probably named for three brothers, Thornton, early settlers, but by some credited to Hon. Mathew Thornton.

Three Oaks; village in Berrien County, Michigan; so named on account of three large oaks near the village.

Three Rivers; peak in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming; so named because the three rivers, Gallatin, Madison, and Gardiner, take their rise on its slopes.

Three Rivers; city in St. Joseph County, Michigan; so named because situated at the junction of the St. Joseph, Portage, and Rocky rivers.

Throckmorton; county in Texas, named for Dr. William E. Throckmorton, one of the first pioneers of northern Texas.

Throgs Neck; cape in Westchester County, New York, named for John Throckmorton, an original patentee.

Throop; town in Cayuga County, New York, named for Hon. Enos T. Throop, governor.

Thurman; town in Warren County, New York, named for John Thurman.

Thurston; county in Nebraska, named for Senator John M. Thurston.

Thurston; town in Steuben County, New York, named for William R. Thurston, a landholder.

Thurston; county in Washington, named for Samuel R. Thurston, Delegate to Congress from Oregon Territory.

Tia Juana; post-office in San Diego County, California. The Spanish form of "Aunt Jane."

Tibbetts; creek in Westchester County, New York, named for the family who have owned the adjoining land for one hundred and thirty years.

Tibee; creek in Mississippi. For derivation see Oktibbeha,

Tiburon; island in the Gulf of California. A Spanish word meaning "shark."

Ticonderoga; town in Essex County, New York. Said to be a modification of the Indian word chiderogo, "sounding waters;" other meanings given are "brawling water," or "noisy."

Tidioute; borough in Warren County, Pennsylvania. Ah Indian word meaning, according to one authority, "see far," and according to others, "straight water" and "cluster of islands."

Tiffin; city in Seneca County, Ohio, named for Edward Tiffin, the first governor of the State.

Tillery; town in Halifax County, North Carolina, named for a prominent citizen.

Tilton; town in Belknap County, New Hampshire, named for Charles E. Tilton, of New York.

Tiltonsville; town in Jefferson County, Ohio, named for a family of early proprietors.

Timmonsville; town in Florence County, South Carolina, named for the Timmons family.

Tin Cup; town in Gunnison County, Colorado, so named because in its early day, when a mining camp, gold was so plentiful that it was measured in a tin cup.

Tintah; town in Traverse County, Minnesota. From a Sioux Indian word meaning "prairie."

Tinton Falls; town in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Corruption of Tintern, Monmouthshire, England,

Tioga; county in New York, county and borough in same county in Pennsylvania, and river traversing both States. An Indian word given various interpretations, "at the forks," "swift current," and "gate."

Tioinati; tributary of the St. Lawrence River, in New York. An Indian word, meaning "beyond the point."

Tioughnioga; river in central New York. An Indian word meaning "meeting of the waters."

Tippah; county in Mississippi, named for the wife of Pontotoc, a Chickasaw Indian chief, the word meaning "cut off."

Tippecanoe; river and county in Indiana, and village in Harrison County, Ohio. From an Indian word given the various meanings of "at the great clearing," "long-lipped pike," and "buffalo fish."

Tipton; county, and city in same county, in Indiana, named for Gen. John Tipton, Senator from Indiana.

Tipton; county in Tennessee, named for- Capt. Jacob Tipton, father of Gen. Jacob Tipton.

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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