List of the most common U.S. county names

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Location of counties with the five most popular names

This is a list of U.S. county names that are used in two or more states. Ranked are the 429 most common county names, which are shared by counties in two or more states each, accounting for 1,732 of the 3,140 counties and county-equivalents in the United States.

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Number Name of county Count[1] Most commonly named after
1 Washington County 31 George Washington
2 Jefferson County 26 Thomas Jefferson
3 Franklin County 25 Benjamin Franklin
4 Jackson County 24 Andrew Jackson
4 Lincoln County 24 Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Lincoln (6)
6 Madison County 20 James Madison
7 Clay County 18 Henry Clay
7 Montgomery County 18 Richard Montgomery
7 Union County 18 the union of the states or union of parts of adjoining counties
10 Clark County 17 William Clark or George Rogers Clark
10 Marion County 17 Francis Marion
10 Monroe County 17 James Monroe
12 Greene County 16 Nathanael Greene
12 Wayne County 16 Anthony Wayne
13 Grant County 15 Ulysses S. Grant
14 Warren County 14 Joseph Warren
16 Carroll County 13 Charles Carroll of Carrollton
17 Adams County 12 John Adams or John Quincy Adams
17 Douglas County 12 Stephen A. Douglas
17 Johnson County 12 Richard M. Johnson
17 Lake County 12 geographical feature
17 Lee County 12 Robert E. Lee or Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee
17 Marshall County 12 John Marshall
17 Polk County 12 James K. Polk
25 Calhoun County 11 John C. Calhoun
25 Crawford County 11 William H. Crawford or Col. William Crawford
25 Fayette County 11 Marquis de la Fayette
25 Lawrence County 11 James Lawrence
25 Morgan County 11 Daniel Morgan
25 Scott County 11 Winfield Scott or Charles Scott
31 Hamilton County 10 Alexander Hamilton
31 Hancock County 10 John Hancock
31 Henry County 10 Patrick Henry (except Iowa; named for Col. Henry Dodge)
31 Logan County 10 John A. Logan or Benjamin Logan
31 Perry County 10 Oliver Hazard Perry
31 Pike County 10 Zebulon Pike
37 Benton County 9 Thomas Hart Benton
37 Brown County 9 Jacob Brown
37 Cass County 9 Lewis Cass
37 Clinton County 9 George Clinton or DeWitt Clinton
37 Knox County 9 Henry Knox
37 Putnam County 9 Israel Putnam
37 Shelby County 9 Isaac Shelby
44 Boone County 8 Daniel Boone
44 Butler County 8 William O. Butler or Richard Butler
44 Cherokee County 8 Cherokee tribe
44 Columbia County 8 Columbia (poetic name for America)
44 Cumberland County 8 Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
44 Fulton County 8 Robert Fulton
44 Harrison County 8 William Henry Harrison
44 Jasper County 8 William Jasper
44 Mercer County 8 Hugh Mercer
44 Orange County 8 the fruit or Prince of Orange
44 Randolph County 8 Edmund Randolph or John Randolph of Roanoke
44 Webster County 8 Daniel Webster
56 Howard County 7 Tilghman Howard, John Eager Howard, or Oliver Otis Howard
56 Lewis County 7 Meriwether Lewis
56 Pulaski County 7 Kazimierz Pułaski
56 Richland County 7 fertile soil
56 Taylor County 7 Zachary Taylor
61 Custer County 6 George Armstrong Custer
61 DeKalb County 6 Johann de Kalb
61 Delaware County 6 Delaware (tribe) (3)
61 Lafayette County 6 Marquis de Lafayette
61 Floyd County 6 John Floyd
61 Garfield County 6 James A. Garfield
61 Hardin County 6 John Hardin, John J. Hardin, or Joseph Hardin Sr.
61 Jones County 6 Each county is named after a different person.
61 Livingston County 6 Edward Livingston (4)
61 Macon County 6 Nathaniel Macon
61 Martin County 6 Each county is named after a different person.
61 Mason County 6 George Mason (3)
61 Newton County 6 Sgt. John Newton (4)
61 Sullivan County 6 John Sullivan
75 Allen County 5 John Allen
75 Anderson County 5 Each county is named after a different person.
75 Caldwell County 5
75 Campbell County 5
75 Carter County 5
75 Dallas County 5
75 Decatur County 5 Stephen Decatur
75 Essex County 5 County of Essex in England
75 Henderson County 5
75 Houston County 5
75 Kent County 5 County of Kent in England
75 Lyon County 5 Nathaniel Lyon, except for Lyon County, Kentucky, which is named for Chittenden Lyon
75 Mitchell County 5
75 Pierce County 5 Franklin Pierce
75 Saline County 5 Saltwater springs; the Saline River
75 Sheridan County 5 Philip Sheridan
75 White County 5
75 York County 5
93 Adair County 4 John Adair
93 Alleghany County 4
93 Blaine County 4 James Blaine
93 Camden County 4 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
93 Carbon County 4 Coal deposits
93 Dawson County 4
93 Dodge County 4
93 Fremont County 4 John C. Frémont
93 Grundy County 4
93 Iron County 4 Iron ore deposits
93 Lamar County 4 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (except for Lamar County, Texas)
93 Lancaster County 4 Lancaster, Lancashire
93 Liberty County 4
93 Linn County 4 Lewis F. Linn
93 Middlesex County 4 Historic county of Middlesex in England
93 Mineral County 4
93 Ottawa County 4 Ottawa Indians
93 Phillips County 4
93 Richmond County 4
93 Russell County 4
93 San Juan County 4
93 Sherman County 4 William Tecumseh Sherman, except Sherman County, Texas, named for Sidney Sherman
93 Smith County 4
93 Somerset County 4 County of Somerset in England
93 St. Clair County 4 Arthur St. Clair, except St. Clair County, Michigan, named for St. Clare of Assisi
93 Sumter County 4
93 Van Buren County 4 Martin Van Buren
93 Wheeler County 4
93 Wilson County 4
93 Wood County 4
122 Baker County 3
122 Beaver County 3
122 Bedford County 3
122 Buchanan County 3 James Buchanan
122 Buffalo County 3
122 Burke County 3
122 Butte County 3[2]
122 Cameron County 3
122 Cedar County 3
122 Chester County 3
122 Cheyenne County 3
122 Chippewa County 3
122 Choctaw County 3
122 Christian County 3
122 Claiborne County 3
122 Cleveland County 3
122 Coffee County 3 John Coffee
122 Comanche County 3 Comanche people
122 Cook County 3
122 Daviess County 3 Joseph Hamilton Daveiss
122 Delta County 3
122 DeSoto County 3 Hernando de Soto
122 Dickinson County 3
122 Edwards County 3
122 Ellis County 3
122 Erie County 3 Lake Erie, Erie people
122 Fairfield County 3 The beauty of the fields in these areas
122 Gallatin County 3 Albert Gallatin
122 Graham County 3
122 Grayson County 3
122 Hall County 3
122 Haskell County 3
122 Holmes County 3
122 Humboldt County 3 Alexander von Humboldt
122 Kiowa County 3 Kiowa people
122 LaSalle County 3 René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle
122 Lauderdale County 3 James Lauderdale
122 Lowndes County 3 William Jones Lowndes
122 McIntosh County 3
122 McLean County 3
122 McPherson County 3 James B. McPherson
122 Meade County 3
122 Miami County 3 Miami people
122 Miller County 3
122 Moore County 3
122 Morris County 3
122 Murray County 3
122 Nelson County 3
122 Noble County 3
122 Northampton County 3
122 Ohio County 3 Ohio River
122 Oneida County 3
122 Orleans County 3
122 Osage County 3
122 Osceola County 3 Osceola
122 Park County 3
122 Pawnee County 3 Pawnee people
122 Pickens County 3 Andrew Pickens
122 Platte County 3
122 Pope County 3
122 Pottawatomie County 3 Potawatomi people
122 Potter County 3
122 Robertson County 3
122 Rock County 3
122 Rockingham County 3 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham
122 Schuyler County 3 Philip Schuyler
122 Seminole County 3 Seminole people
122 Sevier County 3
122 Sioux County 3 Sioux people
122 Stark County 3
122 Stephens County 3
122 Stevens County 3
122 Stone County 3
122 Summit County 3 Summits (geographical feature)
122 Sussex County 3 County of Sussex in England
122 Teton County 3
122 Thomas County 3
122 Todd County 3
122 Valley County 3
122 Vermilion County 3 Vermilion River
122 Vernon County 3
122 Walker County 3
122 Williamson County 3
122 Winnebago County 3 Winnebago people
122 Worth County 3 William J. Worth
122 Wright County 3 Silas Wright
122 Wyoming County 3
209 Albany County 2
209 Alexander County 2
209 Armstrong County 2
209 Ashland County 2
209 Atchison County 2
209 Baldwin County 2
209 Barry County 2
209 Barton County 2
209 Bath County 2
209 Barbour County 2
209 Bay County 2
209 Beaufort County 2
209 Beckham County 2 J. C. W. Beckham
209 Bell County 2
209 Berkeley County 2
209 Berrien County 2
209 Bibb County 2
209 Big Horn County 2
209 Blount County 2
209 Bourbon County 2
209 Boyd County 2
209 Bradford County 2
209 Bradley County 2
209 Bristol County 2
209 Brooks County 2
209 Brunswick County 2
209 Bryan County 2
209 Burnett County 2
209 Caddo County 2
209 Caroline County 2
209 Chambers County 2
209 Champaign County 2
209 Charlotte County 2
209 Chase County 2
209 Chatham County 2
209 Chautauqua County 2
209 Chesterfield County 2
209 Chickasaw County 2
209 Clayton County 2
209 Clearwater County 2
209 Cleburne County 2
209 Colfax County 2 Schuyler Colfax
209 Coos County 2
209 Covington County 2
209 Craig County 2
209 Crittenden County 2
209 Crockett County 2
209 Crook County 2
209 Curry County 2
209 Dade County 2[3]
209 Dakota County 2
209 Davidson County 2
209 Davis County 2
209 Deuel County 2
209 Dewey County 2
209 DeWitt County 2
209 Dorchester County 2
209 Dunn County 2
209 Duval County 2
209 Eddy County 2
209 Effingham County 2
209 El Paso County 2
209 Elbert County 2
209 Elk County 2
209 Elmore County 2
209 Emmet County 2
209 Escambia County 2
209 Fannin County 2
209 Fillmore County 2 Millard Fillmore
209 Florence County 2
209 Ford County 2
209 Forest County 2
209 Forsyth County 2
209 Frederick County 2
209 Genesee County 2
209 Gibson County 2
209 Giles County 2
209 Gilmer County 2
209 Gloucester County 2 County of Gloucestershire in England
209 Golden Valley County 2
209 Grady County 2
209 Grand County 2
209 Gray County 2
209 Greeley County 2 Horace Greeley
209 Greenwood County 2
209 Guadalupe County 2
209 Hale County 2
209 Halifax County 2
209 Hampshire County 2 County of Hampshire in England
209 Hardeman County 2
209 Harding County 2
209 Harlan County 2
209 Harper County 2
209 Harris County 2
209 Hart County 2
209 Hayes County 2 Rutherford B. Hayes (Nebraska), and Hays County, Texas, named for John Coffee Hays
209 Haywood County 2
209 Hickman County 2
209 Hidalgo County 2
209 Highland County 2
209 Hill County 2
209 Hillsborough County 2
209 Holt County 2
209 Hopkins County 2
209 Hughes County 2
209 Humphreys County 2
209 Huron County 2
209 Hutchinson County 2
209 Hyde County 2
209 Iowa County 2
209 Jeff Davis County 2 Jefferson Davis
209 Johnston County 2
209 Juneau County 2
209 Kane County 2
209 Kendall County 2
209 King County 2
209 Kings County 2
209 Klamath County 2
209 Lane County 2
209 Laurens County 2 [[Henry Laurens[4] and John Laurens[5]]]
209 Leon County 2
209 Limestone County 2
209 Louisa County 2
209 Lucas County 2
209 Marquette County 2
209 McDowell County 2
209 McHenry County 2
209 Mecklenburg County 2 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
209 Medina County 2
209 Meigs County 2 Return J. Meigs Sr.
209 Menard County 2
209 Menominee County 2
209 Midland County 2
209 Mills County 2
209 Mississippi County 2 Mississippi River
209 Morrow County 2
209 Morton County 2
209 Nassau County 2
209 Nemaha County 2
209 Nevada County 2
209 Nicholas County 2
209 Northumberland County 2
209 Oconee County 2
209 Oldham County 2
209 Otero County 2
209 Otsego County 2
209 Ouachita County 2
209 Owen County 2
209 Page County 2
209 Panola County 2
209 Paulding County 2 John Paulding
209 Pendleton County 2
209 Pennington County 2
209 Perkins County 2
209 Phelps County 2
209 Plymouth County 2
209 Pocahontas County 2 Pocahontas
209 Pontotoc County 2 Chicasaw word for the region
209 Portage County 2 Portages
209 Powell County 2
209 Prairie County 2
209 Quitman County 2 John A. Quitman
209 Ramsey County 2 Alexander Ramsey
209 Red River County 2 The Red River
209 Renville County 2 Joseph Renville
209 Rice County 2
209 Ripley County 2 Eleazer Wheelock Ripley
209 Roane County 2
209 Roberts County 2
209 Roosevelt County 2 Theodore Roosevelt
209 Rowan County 2
209 Rush County 2
209 Rusk County 2
209 Rutherford County 2 Griffith Rutherford
209 Sabine County 2
209 San Miguel County 2
209 Santa Cruz County 2
209 Scotland County 2 Scotland
209 Sedgwick County 2 John Sedgwick
209 Seneca County 2 The Seneca people
209 Seward County 2 William H. Seward
209 Shannon County 2
209 Sierra County 2
209 Simpson County 2
209 Spencer County 2 Spier Spencer
209 Stanley County 2
209 St. Charles County 2
209 St. Joseph County 2
209 St. Louis County 2
209 Stafford County 2
209 Stanton County 2 Edwin Stanton
209 Steele County 2
209 Steuben County 2 Baron von Steuben
209 Stewart County 2
209 Suffolk County 2 County of Suffolk in England
209 Sumner County 2
209 Surry County 2 County of Surrey in England
209 Talbot County 2
209 Tazewell County 2
209 Terrell County 2
209 Texas County 2
209 Thurston County 2
209 Tioga County 2
209 Tipton County 2
209 Trinity County 2 Trinity River
209 Turner County 2
209 Tyler County 2 John Tyler
209 Upshur County 2 Abel Parker Upshur
209 Wabash County 2 Wabash River
209 Walton County 2
209 Walworth County 2
209 Ward County 2
209 Wells County 2
209 Westmoreland County 2 County of Westmorland in England
209 Whitley County 2 William Whitley
209 Wichita County 2 The Wichita people, indirectly
209 Wilcox County 2
209 Wilkes County 2 John Wilkes
209 Wilkinson County 2 James Wilkinson
209 Williams County 2
209 Windham County 2
209 Winston County 2
209 Wise County 2 Henry Alexander Wise
209 Woodford County 2
209 Worcester County 2
209 Yuma County 2

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