US Place Names ~ Uchee, Alabama to Uxbridge,  Massachusetts

Uchee; village in Russell County, Alabama. The name of an ancient tribe of that region.

Udall; city in Cowley County, Kansas, named for Cornelius Udall.

Uhrichsville; city in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, named for a family of early settlers.

Uinkaret; plateau in group of volcanic mountains in Grand Canyon, Colorado, and Arizona. An Indian word meaning "pine mountain."

Uinta; county and mountain range in Utah, and county in Wyoming, named for a branch of the Ute Indians, the word being said to mean "pine land."

Uiukufki; stream in Indian Territory. An Indian word meaning "muddy water."

Ukiah; city in Mendocino County, California, and precinct in Umatilla County, Oregon. A corruption of Yokaia, the name of an Indian tribe. The word is said to mean "lower valley" or "stranger."

Ullin; village in Pulaski County, Illinois, named for a hero of the poet Ossian.

Ulmers; town in Barnwell County, South Carolina, named for the Ulmer family.

Ulster; county in New York, named from the province in Ireland.

Ulysses; city in Grant County, Kansas, and village in Butler County, Nebraska, named for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Umatilla; river and county in Oregon, named for a tribe of Indians.

Umbagog; lake, partly in New Hampshire and partly in Maine. An Indian word said to mean "doubled up." Other authorities favor "clear lake," "shallow," or "great waters near another."

Umcolcus; lake and stream in Maine. An Indian word meaning "whistling duck."

Ummo; mountain in Mariposa County, California. An Indian word meaning "lost arrow."

Umpachene; falls in a stream in the town of New Marlboro, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named for an Indian chief.

Unalaska; island in the Aleutian Archipelago. Indian word meaning "land near Alayeska (or Alakshak)."

Unadilla; village in Dooly County, Georgia, and river, town, and village in Otsego County, New York. An Iroquois Indian word meaning "place of meeting."

Unaweep; canyon in Colorado, so named because of the color of its sandstone. An Indian word meaning "red rock."

Uncasville; village in New London County, Connecticut, named for a war chief of the Mohegan Indians.

Uncompahgre; river and mountain in Colorado. Derived from the Indian, unca, "hot" pah, "water" gre, "spring" "hot water spring."

Underhill; town in Chittenden County, Vermont, named for two brothers, share-holders under the original charter.

Unicoi; county in Tennessee. A corrupted form of the name of the Ouika Indians.

Unimo; mountain in Mariposa County, California. An Indian word said to mean "lost arrow."

Union; counties in Arkansas, Georgia, and Iowa, parish in Louisiana, and counties in Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Tennessee; so named as an expression of the sentiment which actuates the American people.

Union; county in Illinois, so named because of a successful union meeting held in the vicinity about 1817 by two preachers of different denominations.

Union; county in Indiana, formed by the union of parts of Wayne and Fayette counties.

Union; mountain in Nevada, so named because it appears to be made up of many peaks.

Union; county, and town in same county, in New Jersey, founded during the civil war, so named to express the patriotic sentiment of that section.

Union; county in South Carolina, named from the Union Church on Brown Creek.

Union City; city in Randolph County, Indiana, and Darke County, Ohio, so named because of its location in two States.

Union City; village in Branch County, Michigan, so named because of its location at the junction of the Saint Joseph and Coldwater rivers.

Union City; town in Obion County, Tennessee, so named with the expectation that it would eventually be a large railroad center.

Union Springs; town in Bullock County, Alabama, so named because of Methodists assembling at the springs for camp meetings.

Union Springs; village in Cayuga County, New York, so named because several springs unite at this place.

Uniontown; borough in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, so named because of its being built on two farms, the owners of which disputed as to whose name the town should bear.

Unionville; city in Putnam County, Missouri, so named because of the union of Putnam and Dodge counties, of which that city is the county seat.

Unionville; town in Orange County, New York, named to commemorate the friendly adjustment of the matter of the questioned ownership of the locality of the present town site.

Upotog; stream in Muscogee County, Alabama. An Indian word meaning "covering," "spreading out."

Upshur; counties in Texas and West Virginia, named for Abel P. Upshur, secretary of state under President Tyler.

Upson; county in Georgia, named for Stephen Upson, an eminent lawyer of the State.

Upton; county in Texas, named for John and W. F. Upton, prominent citizens of the State, the former an officer of the Civil war.

Urbana; city and township in Champaign County, Illinois, named from the city in Ohio.

Urbana; township and city in Champaign County, Ohio. The name is derived from urban, "pertaining to a city."

Ursina; borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, named for Mr. Bear, one of its founders. The Latin form of "bear."

Utah; State of the Union, and county and lake in same State, named for the Ute Indians. The meaning is unknown.

Utica; township in Lasalle County, Illinois, village in Macomb County, Michigan, and towns in Hinds County, Mississippi, and Livingston County, Missouri, named from the city in New York.

Utica; city in Oneida County, New York, named from the ancient city in Africa.

Utsayantha; mountain in Delaware County, and lake in Delaware and Schoharie counties, New York, named for the daughter of a legendary Indian chief.

Utuhu; lake in Michigan. An Indian word meaning "oak."

Uvalde; county, and town in same county, in Texas, named for Jose Uvalde.

Uxbridge; town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, named for Henry Paget, Earl of Uxbridge.

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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