US Place Names ~ Tisbury, Massachusetts to Tyrrel County

Tisbury; town in Dukes County, Massachusetts, named from the town in England.

Tishomingo; county in Mississippi, named for the king of the Chickasaw Indians, the name meaning "warrior chief."

Tishtang; creek in Humboldt County, California, fancifully named to suggest the sound of the water.

Tiskilwa; village in Bureau County, Illinois. Said to be derived from various Indian words with the meanings "plover," "old boy," meaning a bachelor, and "beautiful valley."

Titonka; village in Kossuth County, Iowa. A Sioux Indian word meaning "big house."

Titus; county in Texas, named for James Titus, a prominent citizen.

Titusville; town in Brevard County, Florida, named for its founder. Colonel Titus, who was a leader in the Kansas crusade.

Titusville; city in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, named for Jonathan Titus, the former owner of the town site.

Tivoli; village in Duchess County, New York, named from the town in Italy.

Tobesofka; creek in Georgia, so named because an Indian lost a dish of meal while crossing it. Sofkee, meaning "dish of meal," and tobe, "I have lost."

Tobyhanna; stream in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, thickly banked with alder bushes. A Delaware Indian word meaning "alder stream."

Tocomo; river in Florida. A transposition of Tomoco, alias Timucus, a former tribe of that region.

Todd; county in Kentucky, named for Col. John Todd. Todd; county in Minnesota, named for Gen. John B. Todd, of the Regular Army, commander at Fort Ripley, Maine, 1849-1866.

Tohickon; stream in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word meaning "driftwood stream," or "stream with a driftwood bridge."

Toledo; town in Cumberland County, Illinois, named from the city in Ohio.

Toledo; city in Lucas County, Ohio, named from the city in Spain.

Tolland; county in Connecticut. The name is transferred from England.

Tolly; point at the junction of Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, where Captain Tolly was wrecked.

Tolono; township and village in Champaign County, Illinois; a name coined by the founders for individuality.

Toluca; city in Marshall County, Illinois, named by the founders from Toluca in Mexico.

Tomah; city and town in Monroe County, Wisconsin, named for a chief of the Menominee Indians.

Tomahawk; town in Searcy County, Arkansas, and city in Lincoln County, Wisconsin. From tomahawk, or tomahican, the Indian hatchet.

Tomasaki; mountain in Utah, named for a Ute Indian.

Tom Ball; mountain in the town of West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named for an early inhabitant living near the mountain.

Tombicon; stream in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word meaning "place of crab apples."

Tombigbee; river in Mississippi. Derived from the Indian itumbi-bikpe, "coffin makers."

Tombstone; town in Pima County, Arizona, so named by its founder, because when starting out on his prospecting tour he was assured he would "find his tombstone."

Tome; village in Valencia County, New Mexico. A contraction of Santo Tomás, Spanish for St. Thomas.

Tom Green; county in Texas, named for Gen. Tom Green, distinguished in the early history of the State, and later in the civil war.

Tomoka; river in Florida, named for an Indian tribe, the Tomoco or Timucus. Tompkins; county, and town in Delaware County, New York.

Tompkinsville; villages in Monroe County, Kentucky, and Richmond County, New York. Named for Daniel D. Tompkins, governor of New York in 1807.

Toms; river in Ocean County, New Jersey, said to have been named for Capt. William Tom, an early English settler.

Tonawanda; stream, and town in Erie County, New York. An Indian word meaning "swift water."

Tonganoxie; town in Leavenworth County, Kansas, named for a Delaware Indian who kept a stopping place near the present town site.

Tonica; village in Lasalle County, Illinois, probably named from the Indian, the word said to mean "place inhabited."

Tonti; township and village in Marion County, Illinois, named for Tonti, the partner of La Salle.

Tooele; county in Utah, so named on account of a species of rush which grows in the mountains.

Topeka; village in Mason County, Illinois, and city in Shawnee County, Kansas. Said to be the Sioux or Omaha Indian name for the so called "Indian potato."

Topsfield; town in Essex County, Massachusetts, named from the parish in England.

Topsham; town in Sagadahoc County, Maine, name from the seaport in England.

Toronto; township, and city in Woodson County, Kansas; village in Jefferson County, Ohio; and town in Deuel County, South Dakota. An Indian word meaning "oak tree rising from the lake."

Torowcap; valley in Arizona. An Indian word meaning "clayey locality."

Torrey; peak in Colorado, named for the botanist.

Torrey; town in Yates County, New York, named for Henry Torrey.

Torrington; town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, named from the town in England.

Tortuga; town in San Diego County, California. A Spanish word meaning "turtle."

Totowa; borough in Passaic County, New Jersey. From the Indian word tosawei, meaning "to sink," "dive," or "go under water," as timbers do when carried over a waterfall.

Totoganic; river in Wisconsin. An Indian word meaning "place of floating logs."

Totoket; hill in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Probably an Indian word meaning "on the great tidal river."

Tottenville; village in Richmond County, New York, named for the Tottens, a family of early residents.

Toulbah; mountain in Maine, in shape resembling a turtle. An Indian word meaning "turtle."

Toulon; township and town in Stark County, Illinois, name from a discontinued post-office in Tennessee.

Towaligra; river in Georgia, so named, it is claimed, bemuse the Indians roasted the scalps of the whites upon its banks. From tonvelaggie, meaning "roasted scalps."

Towanda; village in McLean County, Illinois, and borough in Braford County, Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word meaning "where we bury the dead."

Tower; city in Saint Louis County, Minnesota, named for the explorer of the Vermillion Iron Range.

Tower City; town in Cass County, North Dakota, and borough in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, named for Charlemagne Tower.

Towner; county in North Dakota, named for O. M. Towner, a member of the Territorial council.

Towns; county in Georgia, named for George W. B. Towns, former governor of the State.

Townsend; town in Newcastle County, Delaware, named for Samuel Townsend, a large land owner. Townsend; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Townshend; town in Windham County, Vermont. Named for Charles Townshend, a member of the ministry during Governor Wentworth's term of office.

Townsend; town in Broadwater County, Montana, named for an official of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Towson; town in Baltimore County, Maryland, named for the family of which Gen. Nathan Towson was a member.

Tracy; city in San Joaquin County, California, and village in Piatt County, Missouri, named for an official of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.

Traill; county in North Dakota, named for W. J. S. Trail, a representative of the Hudson Bay Company.

Transylvania; county in North Carolina, so named on account of its geographical position, "beyond the forest."

Trappe; borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, so named on account of the high steps which led up to one of the early taverns, designated by the German settlers as treppe.

Travellers Rest; town in Greenville County, South Carolina, named for an inn situated there in early days.

Traverse; county and lake in Minnesota; a translation of the Dakota (Sioux) name of the lake, referring to the transverse position of this long lake across the course of the neighboring long lakes, Big Stone and Lac qui Parle, and the Minnesota River.

Traverse City; city in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. The name, meaning "lying across," was given by early French voyagers to an indentation of the coast line of Lake Michigan, which they were accustomed to cross from headland to headland.

Travis; county in Texas, named for Col. William B. Travis, one of Texas's most prominent men during its early days, who fell at the Alamo.

Treadwell; bay in New York, named for Thomas Treadwell, an old resident.

Treasury; mountain in Colorado, so named on account of the mines which it contains.

Trego; towns in Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties, California, in the wheat-growing districts. The Spanish form of "wheat."

Trego; county in Kansas, named for Edward P. Trego, captain Company H, Eighth

Kansas Regiment, killed during the civil war.

Trempealeau; county, and village in same county, in Wisconsin, named from the island in the Mississippi River.

Trempealeau; island in the Mississippi River, designated by the French mont qui trempe à l'eau meaning "mountain which stands in the water."

Trenton; township and city in Grundy County, Missouri, named from the city in New Jersey.

Trenton; city in Mercer County, New Jersey, named for Col. William Trent, speaker of the assembly.

Tres Pinos; town in San Benito County, California. A Spanish name meaning "three pines."

Trezlertown; town in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, named for John Trexler.

Tribune; city in Greeley County, Kansas, named for the Tribune (New York), Greeley's newspaper.

Trident; mesa in Colorado, so named because of the three spurs which rise from it.

Trigg; county in Kentucky, named for Col. Stephen Trigg, slain by the Indians at the battle of Blue Licks.

Trimble; county in Kentucky, named for the Hon. Robert Trimble.

Trinchera; creek in Colorado. A Spanish word meaning "cut-bank river."

Trinity; river in California, so named from the supposition of its first American explorers that it emptied into the Bay of Trinidad, which was entered by its Spanish discoverers on Trinity Sunday.

Trinity; county in California, named from the river.

Trinity; town in Randolph County, North Carolina, named from Trinity College, formerly located there.

Trinity; river, and county, named for the river in Texas, named for the Triune God.

Tripp; county in South Dakota, named for Bartlett Tripp, United States minister to Austria in 1893.

Tropico; town in Los Angeles County, California. The Spanish form of "tropic."

Troup; county in Georgia, named for Hon. George M. Troup, senator from that State.

Trousdale; county in Tennessee, named for Governor William Trousdale.

Troy; city in Pike County, Alabama, named for Alexander Troy, of Columbus County, North Carolina.

Troy; cities in Doniphan County, Kansas; Pontotoc County, Mississippi; Rensselaer County, New York; Miami County, Ohio; and Bradford County, Pennsylvania, named from ancient Troy of Asia Minor.

Troy; town in Montgomery County, North Carolina, named for Matthew Troy, a prominent lawyer.

Truckee; river in California, named for the old Indian guide of General Fremont.

Truesdale; town in Warren County, Missouri, named for William Truesdale, former owner of the town site.

Trumansburg; village in Tompkins County, New York, named for the Tremaines, family of early settlers.

Trumbull; county in Ohio, named for Jonathan Trumbull, first governor of Connecticut, the land formerly being within Connecticut's Western Reserve.

Truro; town in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, named from the town in England.

Truxton; town in Cortland County, New York, named for Commodore Thomas Truxton.

Tryon; town in Polk County, North Carolina, named for William Tryon, colonial governor.

Tuckahoe; creek in New Jersey, probably named from the tuckahoe root.

Tucker; village in Kankakee County, Illinois, named for J. T. Tucker, a railroad official.

Tucker; county in West Virginia, named for St. George Tucker, an eminent Virginia jurist.

Tucson; city in Pima County, Arizona, derived from an Indian word meaning "black creek."

Tuftonboro; town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, named for J. Tufton Mason, to whom the grant was made.

Tukuhnikavats; peak of the Sierra la Sal, in Utah, named for a Ute Indian. The word' means "dirt seer."

Tulare; county, and city in same county, in California. An Indian word, "place of tules," or " place of reeds."

Tula; town in Tulare County, California, and lake lying in Modoc and Siskiyou counties, California, and Klamath County, Oregon, named from the willow growths, a grass used by Indians for making mats and baskets.

Tula; river in Kings and Tulare counties, California. An Indian word meaning "reeds."

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

Tullahoma; town in Coffee County, Tennessee. An Indian word meaning "nearest town."

Tully; town in Onondaga County, New York, named for Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman orator.

Tulpehocken, stream in Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word, "land of turtles."

Tumwater; town in Thurston County, Washington. An Indian word meaning "waterfall."

Tunkhannock; township and borough in Wyoming County, and creek in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. From the Delaware Indian tank hanne, meaning "small stream."

Tuolumne; county, city in same county, and river in California, named for an Indian tribe. Bancroft states the name to be a corruption of talmalamne, meaning a "group of stone huts" or "collection of wigwams."

Tuppeckhanna; stream in Pennsylvania. A Delaware Indian word meaning "stream which flows from a large spring."

Turbutville; borough in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, named for a family who had large land holdings in the State.

Turin; town in Lewis County, New York, named from the city in Italy.

Turkey; river in Iowa, so named because much frequented by wild turkeys.

Turmans; creek in Sullivan County, Indiana, named for Benjamin Turman, first settler on the west side of the county.

Turner; town in Androscoggin County, Maine, named for the Rev. Charles Turner, of Scituate, Massachusetts.

Turner; county in South Dakota, named for J. W. Turner, legislator.

Turners Falls; falls on the Connecticut River and village in Franklin County, Massachusetts, named for Captain Turner, who led in the massacre of the Indians in King Philip's war.

Turnersville; town in Robertson County, Tennessee, named for Major Turner.

Turnwall; creek in Clark County, Arkansas, corruption of the French terre noir, "black land."

Turret; mountain in Yellowstone Park, so named from its shape. Tuscaloosa; county, and city in same county, in Alabama, named for an Indian chief, the name meaning "black warrior."

Tuscarawas; river, county, and village in same county, in Ohio. A Delaware Indian word, to which authorities give two meanings, "old town," because the oldest Indian town in that part of the State was situated on the banks of the river; and "open mouth."

Tuscarora; village in Livingston County, New York, and river in Pennsylvania, named for the Tuscarora, one of the confederated Iroquois tribes. The meaning of the name is uncertain.

Tuscola; city in Douglas County, Illinois, and county in Michigan. The word is said to refer to "level place."

Tuscumbia; city in Colbert County, Alabama, and village in Miller County, Missouri, named for a Chickasaw Indian chief.

Tusquitee; village in Clay County, North Carolina. From the Cherokee name signifying "rafters," or "roof poles."

Tusten; town in Sullivan County, New York, named for Col. Benjamin Tusten.

Tuttle; lake in Wisconsin, named for an early settler.

Tuxedo; town in Orange County, New York. Probably from the Indian word p'tauk-seet-tough," meaning "place of bears."

Twiggs; county in Georgia, named for Gen. John Twiggs. Twin Rivers; two small streams, so named because entering Lake Michigan, from Wisconsin at the same point.

Twinsburg; township in Summit County, Ohio, named for twin brothers, Moses and Aaron Wilcox, who were born there.

Two Hearted; river in Michigan. An erroneous translation of the Indian word nizhodesibi, "twin river."

Two Licks; branch of the Conemaugh in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. A translation of the Delaware Indian word nischahoni. Two Rivers; city and town in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, named from Twin Rivers.

Twowater; branch of the White River in Eastern Utah, so named because of having two main sources, Bitterwater and Sweetwater forks.

Tygart; valley and river in West Virginia, named for David Tygart, an early settler.

Tyler; county in Texas, named for John Tyler, President of the United States. Tyler; county in West Virginia, named for John Tyler, governor of Virginia.

Tylerville; village in Jefferson County, New York, named for Josiah and Frederick Tyler, early settlers.

Tymochtee; stream, and town in Wyandot County, in Ohio, the former flowing around a large plain. An Indian word, meaning "around the plain."

Tyndall; mountain in California, named for the English physicist. Tyngsboro; town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, named for Ebenezer Tyng, but, according to Mason, it received its name from Mrs. Sarah Tyng Winslow.

Tyringham; town in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, named for the family of Tyringham, of which Governor Bernard was a descendant and representative.

Tyrone; township and borough in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and eight other places bear the name of the county in Ireland.

Tyrrel; county in North Carolina, named for Sir John Tyrrel, a lord proprietor.

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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