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A post office called Democrat was established in 1892, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1985. The community was named from the fact the postmaster was politically a Democrat.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Democrat, Kentucky
- "Letcher County". Jim Forte Postal History. Archived from the original on 10 October 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Bergstrom, Bill (December 11, 1984). "Origins of place names are traced". Kentucky New Era. pp. 2B. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
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