Locations in the United States with an English name

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A large number of places in the U.S were named after places in England as a result of English settlers and explorers. These are mainly the 13 eastern states which used to be the Thirteen Colonies in the British Empire, especially in the six known collectively as New England.

Some names were carried over directly and are found throughout the country (such as Manchester, Birmingham and Rochester). Others carry the prefix "New"; for example, the largest city in the US, New York, was named after York because King Charles II gave the land to his brother, James, the Duke of York (later James II).[1][2] Some places, such as Hartford, Connecticut, bear an archaic spelling of an English place (in this case Hertford).

The American capital Washington, D.C. is named after the first U.S. President George Washington, whose surname was due to his family holding land in Washington, County Durham.






















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  23. ^ Named after Bromley, the birthplace of Charles Collins, a pharmacist who laid out the town in Kentucky in 1848. Rennick 1988, p. 36.
  24. ^ Possibly named after Dover, believed to be the birthplace of the founder's father. Rennick 1988, p. 84.
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  27. ^ Believed to have been originally named after Willoughby, England, from where the ancestors of the area's settler's were thought to have emigrated; the name "Williba" was supposedly a corruption adopted by its first postmaster to fit the name on a rubber stamp. Rennick 1988, p. 320.
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  29. ^ Named after Old Boothby in Lincolnshire. Chadbourne 1955, p. 71.
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  34. ^ Named after the manor of Kittery Court, located on Kittery Point in Kingswear, the birthplace of founder Alexander Shapleigh. Chadbourne 1955, p. 47.
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