US Place Names ~ Holgate, Illinois to Hyndman, Idaho

Holgate; stream in northern Illinois, named for James Holgate, the first judge of Stark County.

Holland; village in Dubois County, Indiana, and city in Ottawa County, Michigan, named by early settlers from the country of Europe.

Hollandale; town in Washington County, Mississippi, named for Dr. Holland, whose plantation the town site now occupies.

Holland Patent; village in Oneida County, New York, named for Henry, Lord Holland, patentee.

Holley; village in Orleans County, New York, named for Byron Holley, one of the first canal commissioners.

Holliday; town in Johnson County, Kansas, named for Cyrus K. Holliday, of Topeka.

Holliday; village in Monroe County, Missouri, named for Samuel Holliday, of St. Louis.

Hollidaysburg; borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, named for William and Adam Holliday, the first settlers.

Hollis; town in Hillsboro County, New Hampshire, named for Thomas Hollis, a benefactor of Harvard College; or, according to Togg, for the Duke of Newcastle.

Hollister; town in San Benito County, California, named for Col. W. W. Hollister, an early settler.

Hollister; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, named for Thomas Hollis, of London, a patron of Harvard College.

Holly; township and village in Oakland County, Michigan, named from Holly Beach in New Jersey.

Holly Beach; borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, named for a beach within its precincts where holly is supposed to have been found abundantly.

Holly Springs; city in Marshall County, Mississippi, and village in Wake County, North Carolina, so named on account of the prevalence of these two features.

Holmes; county in Mississippi, named for David Holmes, governor of the Territory and State, 1809-1817.

Holmes; county in Ohio, named for Major Holmes, an officer of the War of 1812.

Holmes; mounts in Utah and Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, named for the geologist, W. H. Holmes.

Holmesville; village in Gage County, Nebraska, named for L. M. Holmes, its founder.

Holmesville; village in Holmes County, Ohio, named for Major Holmes.

Holston; branch of the Tennessee River, named, according to Haywood, for its discoverer.

Holt; county in Missouri, named for David Rice Holt, member of the State legislature.

Holt; town in Clay County, Missouri, named for Jerry Holt, upon whose land the town was established.

Holton; city in Jackson County, Kansas, named for Hon. Edward Holton.

Holts Summit; village in Callaway County, Missouri, named for Timothy Holt.

Holy Cross; mountain peak in Colorado, so named for a cross of snow upon its eastern face.

Holyoke; town in Phillips County, Colorado, named from the city in Massachusetts.

Holyoke; city in Hampden County, Massachusetts, named for Rev. Edward Holyoke, an early president of Harvard College.

Holyoke; mountain in Hampden County, Massachusetts, named about 1650 for Elizur Holyoke, father of Rev. Edward Holyoke.

Homer; village in Cortland County, New York, and sixteen other places bear the name of the Greek poet.

Homestead; borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Named for the company by which the town was laid out.

Homosassa; town in Citrus County, Florida. A Seminole Indian word, the meaning differing according to different authorities, two versions being "river of fishes" and "pepper ridge."

Honda; town in Santa Barbara County, California. A Spanish word meaning "sling."

Honesdale; borough in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, named for Philip Dale, a patron of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company.

Honeoye; lake in Ontario County, New York;

Honeoye Falls; village in Monroe County, New York. From the Iroquois, haye-ayeh, meaning "a finger lying."

Honey Grove; city in Fannin County, Texas, so named by explorers, who, encamping in the wood, found large quantities of honey in the trees.

Honolulu; name transferred from the city in Hawaii to a village in Craven County, North Carolina, meaning "fair haven," from hono, "harbor," and lulu, "smooth," "quiet"

Hood; river and mountain in Oregon and a canal in Washington, named for Alexander Arthur Hood, afterwards Lord Brinport.

Hood; county in Texas, named for Gen. John B. Hood, a frontiersman.

Hookerton; town in Greene County, North Carolina, named for a prominent citizen.

Hookstown; borough in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, named for Matthias Hook, an early resident.

Hookton; village in Humboldt County, California, named for Major Hook.

Hoopa; town and valley in Humboldt County, California, named for the Hoopa Indians, a tribe on the lower Trinity River.

Hoopeston; city in Vermilion County, Illinois, named for its founder, Thomas Hoopes.

Hoosac; river in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. Derived from the Mohican Indian, wudjoo, meaning "mountain," and abic, "rock."

Hoosick; town in Renssalaer County, New York, named from the river.

Hoover; village in Cass County, Indiana, named for Riley Hoover, its founder.

Hopatcong; lake in New Jersey. An Indian name meaning "stone over water," because of an artificial causeway of stone which connected an island of the lake with the shore.

Hope; town in Hempstead County, Arkansas, named for the daughter of J. M. Loughborough.

Hope; town in Bartholomew County, Indiana, so named by its Moravian settlers as a monument to the sentiment which caused them to emigrate there.

Hopedale; township and village in Tazewell County, Illinois. The name is descriptive of the location and the sentiment that inspired the founders.

Hopedale; town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, named by a community known as "The Dale" (now defunct) to which "hope" was prefixed as an expression of their sentiment as to the welfare of the settlement.

Hopewell; borough in Mercer County, New Jersey, named according to the Puritan system of nomenclature, the place having been settled early in the eighteenth century by families from Long Island, formerly from Connecticut.

Hopkins; county in Kentucky, named for Samuel Hopkins, a Revolutionary officer.

Hopkins; county in Texas, named for a pioneer family.

Hopkinsville; city in Christian County, Kentucky, named for Gen. Samuel Hopkins, a Revolutionary officer.

Hopkinton; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, named for Edward Hopkins, early governor and patron of Harvard College.

Hopkinton; town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, named from the town in Massachusetts.

Hopkinton; town in St. Lawrence County, New York, named for Roswell Hopkins, the first settler.

Hopkinton; town in Washington County, Rhode Island, said to have been named for Stephen Hopkins, governor.

Hoppeny; creek in Pennsylvania. An Indian word meaning "where the wild potato grows."

Hoppogue; village in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. A corruption of the original Indian name winganhappague, meaning "sweet water."

Hoquiam; river and city in Chehalis County, Washington. From the Indian ho-quir-umptse, meaning "hungry for wood;" the river being so called on account of the great amount of driftwood at its mouth.

Horace; city in Greeley County, Kansas, named for Horace Greeley.

Horicon; town in Warren County, New York, and lake and city in Dodge County, Wisconsin; an Indian derivation of unknown meaning.

Hornby; town in Steuben County, New York, named for John Hornby, an early English landholder.

Homellsville; city in Steuben County, New York, named for its first settler, George Hornell.

Hornersville; village in Dunklin County, Missouri, named for William H. Homer, its founder.

Horry; county in South Carolina, named for Gen. Peter Horry.

Horse; creek, a branch of Green River in Wyoming, which, at the time of receiving its name was the grazing ground of a herd of wild horses.

Horseheads; town in Chemung County, New York, so named because at this point, during an expedition against the Indians, General Sullivan caused his pack horses to be killed and the heads piled up.

Horton; city in Brown County, Kansas, named for Chief Justice A. H. Horton.

Hortonville; village in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, named for its founder.

Hosensack; creek in Pennsylvania. A German word meaning "breeches pocket," and so called by a hunter who became bewildered in its valley.

Hosensack; village in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, named from the creek.

Hospital Creek; stream in Vermont, so named because of the hospital built upon its banks by General Gates.

Hot Springs; county in Arkansas, so named for the famous springs formerly within its limits.

Houghs; neck of land in Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, named for Allerton Hough, one of the original settlers of Boston and a large landowner.

Houghton; county in Michigan, named for Douglas Houghton, formerly State geologist.

Houlton; town in Aroostook County, Maine, named for an early settler, Joseph Houlton.

Hounsfield; town in Jefferson County, New York, named for Ezra Hounsfield, early proprietor.

Housatonic; river in Massachusetts and Connecticut. From the Indian words wussi, "beyond," and adene, "mountain," meaning "beyond the mountain." According to other authorities, from the Indian words wassa, "proud," aton,
"stream," and ick, from azhubic, meaning "rocks," the whole meaning "proud river flowing through the rocks."

Housatonic; village in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named from the river.

Houseville; village in Lewis County, New York, named for its founder, Eleazer House.

Houston; county in Alabama, named for Gov. R. L. Houston of the State.

Houston; village in Kent County, Delaware, named for John W. Houston.

Houston; county in Georgia, named for John Houston, an early governor.

Houston; county in Minnesota; cities in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, and Texas

County, Missouri; county in Tennessee; and county, and city in Harris County, in Texas; and several other places; named generally for Gen. Samuel Houston, president of the Texas republic, and later United States Senator from the State of Texas.

Houstonia; village in Pettis County, Missouri, named for Gen. Samuel Houston.

Houtzdale; borough in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, named for Dr. Daniel Houtz, who owned the land upon which the town is built.

Hovenweep; creek in Mineral County, Colorado. An Indian word meaning "deserted valley."

Howard; county in Arkansas, named for James Howard, State senator.

Howard; counties in Indiana and Iowa, named for Gen. T. A. Howard, of Indiana.

Howard; city in Elk County, Kansas, named for Gen. O. O. Howard.

Howard; county in Maryland, named for Gen. John Eager Howard, of Revolutionary fame.

Howard; county in Missouri, named for Gen. Benjamin Howard, an early governor.

Howard; county in Nebraska. Opinions differ as to whether this county was named for Gen. O. O. Howard or Howard Paul, son of an early settler.

Howard; county in Texas, named for Volney Howard, United States Congressman.

Howe; creek in Humboldt County, California, named for an early settler.

Howell; town in Vanderburg County, Indiana, named for Capt. Lee Howell, a local railroad man.

Howell; township and village in Livingston County, Michigan, named for Thomas N. Howell, of Canandaigua, New York.

Howell; county in Missouri, named for an early settler.

Howell; town in Monmouth County, New Jersey, probably named for Richard Howell, an early governor.

Howell; town in Marion County, Oregon, named for an early settler.

Howe's Cave; cave in Schoharie County, New York, six miles east of Cobleskill, from which a strong current of cold air issues. Named for Lester Howe, who first explored its recesses.

Hoxie; city in Sheridan County, Kansas, named for H. M. Hoxie, general manager of the Missouri Pacific Railroad.

Hoyt; mount in Wyoming, named for Hon. John W. Hoyt, formerly governor of Wyoming.

Hubbard; county in Minnesota, named for Gen. Lucius F. Hubbard, governor of the State, 1882-87.

Hubbard; village in Dakota County, Nebraska, named for Judge A. W. Hubbard.

Hubbardston; town in Worcester County, Massachusetts;

Hubbardton; town in Rutland County, Vermont. Named for Thomas Hubbard, of Boston, one of its charter citizens.

Hudson; township and town in McLean County, Illinois, named from Hudson, New York, the home of its founders.

Hudson; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, named for the Hon. Charlee Hudson, born in the town.

Hudson; township and village in Lenawee County, Michigan, named for Dr. Daniel Hudson, one of the first landowners in the township.

Hudson; county in New Jersey, and river in and city in Columbia County, in New York, named for Henry Hudson, the discoverer.

Hudson; village in Summit County, Ohio, named for David Hudson, an early settler.

Huerfano; county, town in same county, river, and canyon in Colorado, named from an isolated mountain in the river valley. A Spanish word meaning "orphan."

Hughes; county in South Dakota, named in honor of Alexander Hughes, legislator, 1873.

Hughes; river in West Virginia, a tributary of the Little Kanawha, named for Jesse Hughes, an Indian fighter.

Hughesville; town in Gilpin County, Colorado, named for Patrick Hughes, upon whose ranch the town is located.

Hugoton; city in Stevens County, Kansas, named for Victor Hugo, "ton" being added to prevent conflict with Hugo, Colorado.

Hulberton; village in Orleans County, New York, named for Hulbert, a former resident.

Hull; town in Sioux County, Iowa, named for John Hull.

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

Humboldt; counties in California and Iowa, city in Allen County, Kansas, county and river in Nevada, and nine other places, named for the geographer. Baron Alexander von Humboldt.

Hume; village in Edgar County, Illinois, named for E. W. Hume, its founder.

Hummelstown; borough in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, named for Frederick Hummel, by whom it was laid out.

Humphrey; peak of the San Francisco Mountains in Arizona, and mount in Yellowstone Park, named for Gen. A. A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers, United States Army.

Humphrey; town in Cattaraugus County, New York, named for Charles Humphrey, speaker of the assembly when the town was founded.

Humphreys; county in Tennessee, named for Parry W. Humphreys.

Humphreysville; village in New Haven County, Connecticut, named for the Hon. David Humphreys.

Humptulips; river in Chehalis County, Washington. An Indian word meaning "chilly region."

Hunnewell; city in Sumner County, Kansas, and city in Shelby County, Missouri, named for H. H. Hunnewell, of Boston.

Hunniwell; point at the mouth of the Kennebec River, Maine, named for a former resident of the vicinity.

Hunt; county in Texas, named for Memucan Hunt, at one time minister from the Republic of Texas.

Hunter; town in Greene County, New York, named for John Hunter, a proprietor.

Hunterdon; county in New Jersey, named for Governor Robert Hunter, of New York.

Huntersville; town in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, named for a prominent citizen.

Huntersville; village in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, so called because the site was originally occupied by hunters' cabins.

Huntingburg; city in Dubois County, Indiana, so named because the neighborhood was originally known as an excellent hunting field.

Huntingdon; county, and town in same county, in Pennsylvania. The town was named for Selena, Countess of Huntingdon, and the county was named from the town.

Huntingdon; town in Carroll County, Tennessee, named for Memucan Hunt, whose heirs donated the land for its site.

Huntingdon; county in Indiana, named for Samuel Huntington, of Connecticut, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Huntington; town in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, named for Charles P. Huntington, of Northampton.

Huntington; town in Baker County, Oregon, named for J. B. Huntington, upon whose ranch the town was built.

Huntington; city in Cabell County, West Virginia, named for C. P. Huntington, of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

Huntley; village in McHenry County, Illinois, named for one of its founders.

Huntsburg; township in Geauga County, Ohio, named for Dr. Eben Hunt, a land proprietor.

Huntsville; town in Madison County, Alabama, named for John Hunt, its first settler.

Huntsville; city in Randolph Coonty, Missouri, named for David Hunt, of Kentucky, the first settler.

Huntsville; town in Walker County, Texas, named from the town in Alabama.

Hurley; town in Ulster County, New York, named for the Lovelace family who were Barons Hurley, of Ireland.

Hurley; town in Iron County, Wisconsin, named for M. A. Hurley, of wausau, Wisconsin.

Huron; one of the Great Lakes of North America. Opinions differ as to the classification of the name, whether French or Indian, and to its meaning. According to most authorities, it is a corruption of the French word hure, given a tribe of Indians by the French, the word meaning "wild boar," on account of their unkempt appearance.

Huron; city in Atchison County, Kansas, county in Michigan, and city in Beadle County, South Dakota, named for the Huron Indians.

Huron; county, and village in Erie County, Ohio, named from the lake.

Hustisford; village in Dodge County, Wisconsin, named for John Hustis, an early settler.

Hutchinson; city in Reno County, Kansas, named for C. C. Hutchinson, its founder.

Hutchinson; village in McLeod County, Minnesota, named for the Hutchinson brothers, its founders.

Hutchinson; county in South Dakota, named for John Hutchinson, first Territorial secretary.

Hutchinson; county in Texas, named for Anderson Hutchinson, a prominent citizen in the days of the Republic.

Huttonsville; village in Randolph County, West Virginia, named for Jonathan Hutton, the first settler.

Hyannis; town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, named for the Indian sachem, Hianna.

Hyde; county in North Carolina, named for Edward Hyde, governor during colonial days.

Hyde; county in South Dakota, named for James Hyde, a member of the legislature in 1873.

Hyde Park; town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, and Dutchess County, New York, named from Hyde Park, London.

Hyde Park; town in Lamoille County, Vermont, named for Jedediah Hyde, an early settler.

Hydesville; town in Humboldt County, California, named for an early settler.

Hyndman; peak in Idaho, named for an old resident of the vicinity.

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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