Pennsylvania Counties

Pennsylvania's history is revealed in the names of its counties. From its geological features, to Native American terms, to former U.S presidents, Pennsylvania's county names are as diverse as the citizens who live here.

  1. Adams, in honor of President John Adams
  2. Allegheny, for the Allegheny River
  3. Armstrong, in honor of General John Armstrong
  4. Beaver, for the Beaver River
  5. Bedford, for Fort Bedford
  6. Berks, for Berkshire, England
  7. Blair, in honor of prominent citizen, John Blair
  8. Bradford, second U.S. Attorney General William Bradford
  9. Bucks, named after Buckinghamshire, England
  10. Butler, in honor of General Rickard Butler
  11. Cambria, named for Cambria Township of Somerset County
  12. Cameron, in homor of U.S. Senator Simon Cameron
  13. Carbon, alludes to its deposits of anthracite coal
  14. Centre, refers to its geological location at the center of the state
  15. Chester, derives from Chesire, England
  16. Clarion, for the Clarion River
  17. Clearfield, named for Clearfield Creek
  18. Clinton, named for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton
  19. Columbia, a allusion to America
  20. Crawford, in Honor of Colonel William Crawford, a frontier hero
  21. Cumberland, for Cumberland County, England
  22. Dauphin, the title of the eldest son of the French King
  23. Deleware, named for the Deleware River
  24. Elk, named for the herd of elk that used to roam the county
  25. Erie, named for Lake Erie
  26. Fayette, in honor of the Marquis de la Fayettee
  27. Forest, for its extensive forests
  28. Franklin, in honor of Benjamin Franklin
  29. Fulton, in honor of steamboat inventor, Robert Fulton
  30. Greene, in honor of General Nathaniel Greene
  31. Huntingdon, named for its county seat of Huntingdon
  32. Indiana, named for the Territory of Indiana
  33. Jefferson, iin honor of president Thomas Jefferson
  34. Juniata, named for the Juniata River
  35. Lackawanna, named for the Lackawanna River
  36. Lancaster, named for Lancastershire, England
  37. Lawrence, named for Perrys flagship, Lawrence
  38. Lebanon, named for old Lebanon Township
  39. Lehigh, derived from the German "Lecha" which comes from the Indian "Lechauwekind," meaning "where there are forks"
  40. Luzerne, in honor of the French Minister to the U.S. Chevalier de La Luzerne
  41. Lycoming, derived from a Delaware Indian word meaning "sandy or gravelly creek"
  42. McKean, in honor of Governor Thomas McKean
  43. Mercer, in honor of General Hugh Mercer
  44. Mifflin, in honor of Governor Thomas Mifflin
  45. Monroe, in honor of President James Monroe
  46. Montgomery, for landowner Isaac Morris
  47. Montour, in honor of Madame Montour, a prominent woman of both French and Indian decent
  48. Northhampton, was subsequently named for Northamptonshire, England
  49. Northumberland, named for the English county of the same name
  50. Perry, in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, victor in the Battle of Lake Erie
  51. Philadelphia, the name signified "brotherly love" to PA founder, William Penn
  52. Pike, in honor of General Zebulon Pike
  53. Potter, in honor of General James Potter
  54. Schuykill, named for the Schuykill River
  55. Snyder, in honor of Governor Simon Snyder
  56. Somerset, named for Somersetshire, England
  57. Sullivan, in honor of Senator Charles C. Sullivan
  58. Susquehanna, named for the Susquehanna River
  59. Tioga, named for the Tioga River
  60. Union, allusion to the Federal Union
  61. Venango, comes from the Indian name for French Creek
  62. Warren, in honor General Joseph Warren
  63. Washington, in honor of George Washington
  64. Wayne, in honor of General Anthoney Wayne
  65. Westmoreland, names for a county in England
  66. Wyoming, named for Wyoming Valley
  67. York, named either for the Duke of York, and early paton of the Penn family or for the city and shire of York in England