US Place Names ~ Eagle, Post Office to Elsie Michigan

Eagle; this word, either alone or with suffixes, forms the name of 81 post-offices in the United States, in many cases so called because of the former presence of the bird.

Eagle; county in Colorado. Hall's History gives the origin as from the river of that name flowing through this county.

Eagle Pass; town in Maverick County, Texas, so named because the contour of the hills through which the Rio Grande flows bore a fancied resemblance to the outstretched wings of an eagle.

Eagle River; village in Keweenaw County, Michigan, named from the Indian migisivisili, meaning "eagle."

Earl Park; town in Benton County, Indiana, laid out by Adams Earl and A. D. Raub.

Earlville; town in Delaware County, Iowa, named for its first settler, G. M. Earl.

Earlville; village in Madison County, New York, named for Jonas Earl, canal commissioner.

Early; county in Georgia, named in honor of Peter Early, governor of the State in 1813.

Easley; town in Pickens County, South Carolina, named for General Easley, a prominent South Carolinian.

East Baton Rouge; parish in Louisiana. See Baton Rouge.

East Bend; town in Yadkin County, North Carolina, named from the bend in the Yadkin River at that point.

East Brady; borough in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, on the Allegheny River, east of Bradys bend.

East Bridgewater; town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, named from the original name of Brockton, Massachusetts, which first received the name of Bridgewater in honor of a celebrated English duke.

East Carroll; parish in Louisiana, named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton.

East Fallowfield; townships in Crawford and Washington counties, Pennsylvania, said to be named for Lancelot Fallowfield, one of the first purchasers of land from William Penn.

East Feliciana; parish in Louisiana. A Spanish word meaning "dome."

East Greenbush; town in Rensselaer County, New York, named by the Dutch, het groen bosch, meaning "green bush, " because of the pine woods near, which were continually green.

East Greenwich; town in Kent County, Rhode Island, named from the manor of East Greenwich in Kent County, England.

Eastham; town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, named from its extreme eastern situation in the county.

Eastland; county, and town in same county, in Texas, named for M. W. Eastland.

Eastman; town in Dodge County, Georgia, named for W. P. Eastman, who, with W. E. Dodge, presented the county with a Court house.

Easton; town in Talbot County, Maryland, so named because of its location easterly of St. Michaels.

Easton; city in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, named from the estate of an English nobleman, Lord Pomphret.

Easton Center; village in Bristol County, Massachusetts, perhaps named in honor of Hon. John Easton, governor of Rhode Island.

East Pepperell; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, named for Sir William Pepperell, who commanded an army in the expedition against Louisburg, Cape Breton.

Eastport; city in Washington County, Maine, originally called Moose Island, but later incorporated under its present name in honor of being the most eastern city in the United States.

East River; a body of water at New York, properly a strait connecting Long Island Sound with New York Bay; called a river no doubt from the river-like action of its tides; the name is used to distinguish it from North River, that is, the Hudson.

Eastwood; village in Onondaga County, New York, a suburb of Syracuse, and named from its easterly direction from that place.

Eaton; town in Weld County, Colorado, named for Benjamin H. Eaton and Aaron J. Eaton, of the Eaton Milling and Elevator Company.

Eaton; county in Michigan, named for John H. Eaton, Secretary of War under President Jackson.

Eaton; town in Madison County, New York, and village in Preble County, Ohio, named for Gen. William Eaton, of Massachusetts, a Revolutionary officer and commander of the United States military forces in Tripoli.

Eaton Rapids; town in Eaton County, Michigan, so named on account of the rapids in Grand River.

Eatonton; city in Putnam County, Georgia, named for Gen. William Eaton.

Eatontown; township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, named for an old settler.

Eau Claire; river in Michigan. The name is French and signifies "clear water."

Eau Claire; county, and city in same county, in Wisconsin, named from the river in Michigan.

Eau Galle; river and town in Dunn County, Wisconsin. From the French, meaning "bitter water."

Eau Pleine; river and town in Portage County, Wisconsin. French words meaning "full water," or "stocky river."

Ebeeme; mountain and gorge in Piscataquis County, Maine. An Indian word, meaning "where they get high-bush cranberries."

Ebenecook; village in Lincoln County, Maine. A corruption of the Indian, abanauk, meaning "bread place," or according to another authority, "high-bush cranberry place."

Ebenezer; town in Holmes County, Mississippi, named by the early settlers from the old Jewish city.

Ebensburg; borough in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, laid out by the Rev. Rees Lloyd, and named by him for his eldest son, Eben.

Echaconnee; creek in Georgia. An Indian word meaning "beaver stream."

Echaconnee; town in Bibb County, Georgia, named from the creek on which it is located.

Echo; canyon in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah; a descriptive name.

Echo; peak in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, so named because of its remarkable echo.

Echo Canyon; town in Summit County, Utah, named from the canyon.

Echo Mountain; summer resort in Los Angeles County, California, named from the reverberating echo.

Echols; county in Georgia, named for Robert M. Echols.

Eckley; town in Yuma County, Colorado, said to be so named for Amos Eckles, cattle foreman for J. W. Bowles.

Ecola; creek and summer resort in Clatsop County, Oregon, so named by Captain Clark, from Ecola, a Chinook Indian word meaning "whale," because a whale was washed up on the shore.

Economy; township in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, established in 1825 by a Harmonist society, and named to indicate the principles of their government and their habits of living.

Ecore Fabre; stream in Arkansas. The name is derived from the French word ecore, meaning "shore," "bank," or "bluff," and Fabre, a proper name.

Ecorse; river in Michigan, from the French word écorce, meaning "bark," so named on account of the birch and other kinds of bark found on its banks.

Ecorse; town in Wayne County, Michigan, named from the river of the same name.

Ector; county in Texas, named for Matthew Ector, Confederate commander and judge.

Eddingrton; town in Penobscot County, Maine, named for Colonel Eddy, a prominent settler.

Eddy; county in New Mexico, named in honor of C. B. Eddy, a prominent citizen.

Eddy; county in North Dakota, named for one of the early bankers of Fargo.

Eddyville; town in Wapello County, Iowa, named for J. P. Eddy, who established a post there at an early day.

Eddyville; city in Lyon County, Kentucky, so named for the large eddies in the Cumberland River at this point.

Edelstein; village in Peoria County, Illinois, named for a railroad official.

Eden; town in Hancock County, Maine, named probably for Richard Eden, an early English author.

Eden; town in Concho County, Texas, named for Fred Ede, who owned the land.

Edenton; town in Chowan County, North Carolina, named for Charles Eden, governor of the State in 1714-1722.

Edenvale; town in Santa Clara County, California, named with reference to the Garden of Eden, because of the beauty and fertility of the place.

Edgar; county in Illinois, named for Gen. John Edgar, an early and distinguished pioneer of the State.

Edgecomb; town in Lincoln County, Maine, named for Lord Edgecombe, a friend of the American colonies.

Edgecombe; county in North Carolina, named for Richard, Baron of Mount Edgecombe, of the board of trade.

Edgefield; county, and town in same county, in South Carolina, named, as Simms supposes, because of the geographical situation at the edge of the State. There is also a supposition that the county derives its name from the fact that it borders on an older county.

Edgerton; city in Johnson County, Kansas, named for the chief engineer of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

Edgerton; village in Williams County, Ohio, named for Alfred P. Edgerton.

Edgerton; city in Rock County, Wisconsin, probably named for E. W. Edgerton, an early settler.

Edgewood; town in Effingham County, Illinois, named from its location near the edge of the forest.

Edina; city in Knox County, Missouri. A poetical name given to Edinburgh.

Edinburg; post-office in Leake County, Mississippi, and several other places bear the name of the city in Scotland.

Edinburg; township in Portage County, Ohio, named for Lewis Eddy, a resident. It was formerly called Eddysburg.

Edison; village in Morrow County, Ohio;

Edison Park; village in Cook County, Illinois. Named for Thomas A. Edison, the inventor.

Edisto; river and island in South Carolina, named from an Indian tribe.

Edmeston; town in Otsego County, New York, named for Robert Edmeston, an early pioneer.

Edmonson; county of Kentucky, named for Capt. Jack Edmonson, who fell at the battle of Raisin River.

Edmunds; county in South Dakota, named in honor of Newton Edmunds, governor in 1863.

Edna; city in Labette County, Kansas, named in 1876 for a child, Edna Gragery.

Edwards; county in Illinois, named for Ninian Edwards, governor of Illinois Territory in 1809.

Edwards; county in Kansas, named for W. C. Edwards, of Hutchinson, first settler, who took active part in its organization.

Edwards; town in Hinds County, Mississippi, named for Dick Edwards, owner and proprietor of the Edwards House, Jackson, Mississippi.

Edwards; town in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Edward McCormack, brother of the founder.

Edwards; town in Beaufort County, North Carolina, named for a prominent family of the neighborhood.

Edwards; county in Texas, named for Harden Edwards, who established, under grant from the Mexican Government, a colony at Nacogdoches in 1825.

Edwardsport; village in Knox County, Indiana, named for Edwards Wilkins.

Edwardsville; city in Madison County, Illinois, named for Ninian Edwards, Territorial governor in 1809.

Edwardsville; village in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Jonathan S. Edwards, the first postmaster.

Eel; river in California, named from the Indian word wishosk, "eel river," so called because of its winding course.

Eel; river in Indiana, called by the Indians shoamaque, "slippery fish." The Indiana State Historical Geology, 1882, gives the Indian name as ke-wa-he-gwinn-maig, and the meaning "snake-fish-river."

Effingham; county in Georgia, named for Lord Effingham.

Effingham; county in Illinois. The origin of the name is in doubt. It has been stated that the county was named for Gen. Edward Effingham, a surveyor, or it may have been named for Lord Effingham, an officer in the British army, who resigned his commission rather than fight against the American colonies in their struggle for liberty.

Effingham; city in Atchison County, Kansas, named for Effingham Nichols, of Boston, a promoter of the Central Branch, Union Pacific Railroad.

Egbertsville; village in Richmond County, New York, named for James Egbertsville, a former resident.

Egg Harbor; township, and city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, bordering on the ocean and Great Egg Harbor Bay. It was so called because of the number of gulps eggs found near the bay.

Egremont; town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, supposed to have received its name from Charles Wyndham, Earl of Egremont, who was secretary of state in 1671.

Egypt; fourteen places of the United States are named from the ancient country in Africa, the Hebrew expression for "the land of oppression."

Ehrenberg; town in Yuma County, Arizona, founded in 1856 by Herman Ehrenberg.

Ehrhardt; town in Bamberg County, South Carolina, named for a prominent family.

Elba; there are sixteen places of this name in the United States, most of which were named from the island in the Mediterranean.

Elbert; county and peak in Colorado, named for Samuel W. Elbert, governor of the Territory in 1873-74.

Elbert; county in Georgia;

Elberton; city in Elbert County, Georgia. Named for Samuel Elbert, formerly a governor of the State.

Elbow; lake in Maine, so called because of its shape.

Elbridge; town in Onondaga County, New York, probably named after Elbridge Gerry, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

El Cajon; township in San Diego County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the box," often applied to high- walled canyons.

El Campo; town in Marin County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the flat country."

El Capitan; cliff in the Yosemite Valley, California. The name is Spanish, meaning "the captain."

El Casco; village in Riverside County, California. A Spanish word meaning *'the cranium."

El Chorro; village in San Luis Obispo County, California. A descriptive Spanish name, meaning "the gushing water."

Eldena; village in Lee County, Illinois, named for the wife of the founder.

Eldora; city in Hardin County, Iowa;

Eldorado; county in California, the first in which gold was discovered, city in Butler County, Kansas, and many other places. From the Spanish, meaning "the gilded."

Eldorado; city in Saline County, Illinois, originally named for two settlers. Elder and Reed, but the spelling was afterwards changed to its present form.

Eldred; township and borough in McKean County, Pennsylvania, named for Judge Nathaniel B. Eldred.

Electric; peak in Yellowstone Park, named by Henry Gannett, United States geographer, on account of a severe electrical storm encountered there.

Eleroy; village in Stephenson County, Illinois, named for E. Leroy, son of Hiram Jones, a first settler.

Eleven Mile; creek in Genesee County, New York, so called because it crosses the Buffalo road eleven miles from Buffalo.

Elgin; city in Kane County, Illinois, named for the Earl of Elgin. Another authority states that the name is transferred from the city in Scotland.

Eliseo; town in Ventura County, California. The Spanish form of Elijah.

Elizabeth; cape in Maine, and group of islands in Massachusetts, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth of England. This word, either alone or with suffixes, forms the names of 25 places in the United States, most of which were so named.

Elizabeth; city in Union County, New Jersey, named for the wife of Lord Carteret.

Elizabeth; borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, named by the founder, Stephen Bayard, for his wife.

Elizabeth; town in Wirt County, West Virginia, named for Elizabeth, the wife of David Beauchamp.

Elizabeth City; county in Virginia, and town in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, named for Queen Elizabeth of England.

Elizabethtown; town in Bartholomew County, Indiana, named for Elizabeth Branham, the wife of the founder.

Elizabethtown; city in Hardin County, Kentucky, named for the wife of Col. John Hardin, for whom the county was named.

Elizabethtown; town in Bladen County, North Carolina, named for the wife of Lord Carteret, Elizabeth.

Elk; counties in Kansas and Pennsylvania. This word, either alone or as a prefix, forms the name of 63 places in the United States, most of them doubtless given on account of the presence of elk.

Elk Falls; town in Elk County, Kansas, receives its name from a waterfall in Elk River, near the site of the town.

Elk Garden; town in Mineral County, West Virginia, so named by Senator Davis, because of the former abundance of elk.

Elkhart; county, and city in same county, in Indiana, which take their name from the river.

Elkhart; village in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, named from the lake, which at this point resembles an elk's heart.

Elkhorn; village in Douglas County, Nebraska, named from the river.

Elkhorn; city in Walworth County, Wisconsin. This city is named from the prairie,

Elkhorn, which was named thus by Samuel F. Phoenix in July, 1836, when he found an elk's horn upon a tree.

Elkins; town in Randolph County, West Virginia, named for Senator S. B. Elkins.

Elko; county in Nevada. The origin of this name is not certain, for according to some it is an Indian word, and according to others was so named on account of the abundance of elk.

Ellen; mountain in Utah, named by J. W. Powell, United States Geological Survey, for the wife of A. H. Thompson, also of the Geological Survey.

Ellenburg; town in Clinton County, New York, named for the daughter of John R. Murray, of New York, the principal owner of township 5 of the military tract.

Ellendale; village in Sussex County, Delaware, named for the wife of Dr. J. S. Prettyman, who laid it out.

Ellendale; township and city in Dickey County, North Dakota, named for the wife of S. S. Merrill.

Ellensburg; city in Kittitas County, Washington, named for the wife of the original founder.

Ellery; town in Chautauqua County, New York, named for William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Ellicott; city in Howard and Baltimore counties, Maryland, first settled and named by the brothers Andrew and John Ellicott.

Ellicott; town in Chautauqua County, New York;

Ellicottville; village in Cattaraugus County, New York. Named for Joseph Ellicott, of the Holland Land Company.

Ellijay; town in Gilmer County, Georgia. From a Cherokee Indian name, meaning "new ground."

Ellinwood; city in Barton County, Kansas, named for Col. John R. Ellinwood, engineer, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

Elliott; county in Kentucky, named for Judge John M. Elliott.

Elliottsville; village in Richmond County, New York, named for Dr. Samuel M. Elliott.

Ellis; county, and city in same county, in Kansas, named in honor of George Ellis, first lieutenant, Twelfth Kansas Infantry.

Ellis; county in Texas, named for Richard Ellis, president pro tempore of the first Senate of the Republic.

Ellisburg; town in Jefferson County New York, which derives its name from Lyman Ellis, of Troy, New York, who settled there as a proprietor in 1797.

Ellisville; township and village in Fulton County, Illinois, named for Levi D. Ellis, its founder.

Ellisville; town in Jones County, Mississippi, named for Powhatan Ellis, member of the Supreme Court and United States Senator.

Ellsworth; town in Hamilton County, Iowa, named for a banker at Iowa Falls.

Ellsworth; county, and city in same county, in Kansas, named from the fort, Ellsworth, which in turn was named for Lieut. Allen Ellsworth.

Ellsworth; city in Hancock County, Maine, named for Oliver Ellsworth, one of the delegates to the National Constitutional Convention.

Elm; this word, with the suffixes "hurst," "wood," "dale," "hall," "grove," "creek," "city," "bury," "branch," forms the name of 29 places in the United States, in most cases given on account of the presence of this species of tree in the vicinity.

Elma; village in Erie County, New York, named for a large elm tree which stands near the village.

Elmira; township in Solano County, California, and township and village in Stark County, Illinois, named from Elmira, New York.

Elmira; city in Chemung County, New York, paid to have been named for Elmira Teall, daughter of Nathan Teall, a tavern keeper.

El Monte; township in Los Angeles County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the mountain."

Elmore; county in Alabama, named for John A. Elmore, of the State.

Elmore; county in Idaho, named for a celebrated mine in the county.

Elmore; village and town in Lamoille County, Vermont, named for the original grantee. Col. Samuel Elmore.

Elmsford; village in Westchester County, New York, so named because of the elm trees in the vicinity.

Elon College; town in Alamance County, North Carolina, named, probable, for Judge Elon.

El Paso; county in Colorado. The name is given with reference to the Ute Pass, which is within the limits of the county;

El Paso; county, and city in same county, in Texas, which take their name from the presence of a pass, that of the Rio Grande.

The name is Spanish, and means "the pass," "the gap," or "the passage."

El Paso; township and city in Woodford County, Illinois, so named from the parsing or crossing of two railroads.

El Pinal; village in San Joaquin County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the grove of pines."

Elreno; city in Canadian County, Oklahoma. A Spanish name meaning "the reindeer."

Elrio; post-office in Ventura County, California. A Spanish name meaning "the river."

El Robles; town in Mendocino County, California. A Spanish phrase meaning "the oaks."

Elsie; village in Clinton County, Michigan, named for Miss Elsie Tillotson, the daughter of an early pioneer.

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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