Talk:List of counties in Maryland

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older entries[edit]

Rather than put this in separate talk pages for each county, I'm putting this here. The seals for each of the counties in Maryland can be found on the Web. I do not know whether they are public-domain, however. But if anyone wants to check out the public-domain status of these, they can get the images at places like:

  http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/36loc/al/images/alseal.gif
  http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/36loc/fr/images/frseal.gif

etc. (in most cases, the "al" (as in Allegany) and "fr" (as in Frederick) are replaced by the first 2 letters of the county name. For some like Calvert, Caroline, and Carroll, more than 2 letters are needed to distinguish them. -- BRG (Sept. 28, 2002)

I know that some states have laws passed that disallow the usage of the state seal. Unlike the federal government, the states can and do copyright material (I have been in contact with a number of states on the issue). One email explained that the seal is like a signature and you can't use someone else's signature without permission. I wouldn't use the seal unless I had some sort of positive proof that it can be used. -- Ram-Man

I had hoped that someone might have checked to find out whether or not they can be used. But at any rate, until it can be determined, would it not be appropriate to put these URLs as external links? -- BRG (July 9, 2003)

Needs verification[edit]

Things I noticed, possibly more:

  1. FIPS codes (23 or 24)?
  2. Capitals (e.g Cumbeland a capital of 2 counties)?
  3. "Parish" in the table header?
  4. Number of counties (text 23, 24 (?) entries in the table)?
  5. Are areas of StMary and Queen Anee's counties the same?

Qblik 22:04, 24 April 2007 (UTC)


I don't see how there could possibly be any copyright issue (Title 17, United State Code, intellectual property) regarding reproduction of the image of the official seal of Maryland. -----First, the current seal (it is technically the "reverse" of the Great Seal) was created in the 1600's. Copyright does not last so long. -----Second, the image of the seal is a public domain image in any case. Maryland does not claim a proprietary interest in the nature of a copyright interest: http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/reverse.html However, there are certain restrictions on the use of the image of the state seal, primarily aimed at preventing fraudulent misrepresentation. Thus, it is illegal to impersonate a state official by, say, putting the seal on one's automobile or wearing it as a badge on one's clothing in order to deceive, and there would be similar restrictions on using it as letterhead. (The U.S. federal government, which does not claim "copyright" to the images of the official seals of its own agencies, also forbids the misuse of those images.) I don't believe there are any "copyright" restrictions on images of any of the Maryland County seals, either, but there are surely restrictions against deceptive misuse. [Nov. 13, 2004]

Anne Arundel from Washington County?[edit]

Something's crept in at some point. AA was created long before Washington from unorganized territory - right? Not what it says. I didn't check all the diffs to figure out where it crept in. Rmasbury 03:27, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

Fixed it. Geraldk 03:46, 23 June 2007 (UTC)

Land Area?[edit]

I removed the land areas per a request by Featured List reviewers, but I think at some point in the future it might be useful to expand the table to include both population and land area, as in the Texas list. If anyone has the time and the talent with tables, have at it. Geraldk 03:28, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

Wikiproject help[edit]

Some helpful information on U.S. county lists can be found at WP:COUNTYLISTS. Tompw (talk) (review) 16:25, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

Merge proposal[edit]

Pretty much all of the information in the name etymologies list has been folded into this article, which makes its independent existence unnecessary - the extra see also links can be brought over with no problem. Geraldk 20:19, 24 June 2007 (UTC)