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Gazetteer of Maryland (1941)
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ORIGIN OF NAMES OF COUNTIES
IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER




Land
Area in



Date of

square

Counties

Origin of Name

formation

miles

St. Mary's....

In honor of the Virgin Mary. the landing having been made on the




Feast of the Annunciation.................................. ................ ......

1637

365.04

Kent

After the English county . ...................................... ..

1642

283.36

Anne Arundel....

After the Lady Anne Arundel. wife of Cecilius. second Lord




Baltimore . ..... . ... ..................

1650

419.90

1654

216.65

Charles .............

After Charles. Lord Baltimore.........................................................................................

1658

457.78

Baltimore ...

From the Proprietary's Irish Barony (Celtic bilte mor; i.e. the




large town)... .......................................................................................................

1659

605.09

Talbot .....

After Grace Talbot. daughter of George. first Ix>rd Baltimore..................

1661

271.82

Somerset ......

After Mary Somerset. sister of Lord Baltimore...............................................

1666

334.89

Dorchester .......

After Earl Dorset. a family friend of the Calverts..........................................

1668

580.94

Cecil ...............

After the forename of the second Lord Baltimore..............................................

1674

351.22

Prince George's.

After Prince George of Denmark ................................

1695

486.17

Queen Anne's.

After Queen .Anne of England..............................................................................................

1706

375.36

Worcester ...

After the Earl of Worcester...................................................................

1742

482.54

Frederick ....

After Frederick. heir apparent...................................

1748

664.74

Caroline .........

After Lady Calvert, sister of the Lord Baltimore.................

1773

322.06

Harford ...

After Henry Harford, last. Proprietary ...........................

1773

442.75

Washington .....

After General Washington...............................................................................

1776

458.47

Montgomery .

A f tfir General Montgomery .................................................................... ...........

1776

497.04

Allegany ...

From Oolikhanna; i.e. beautiful stream....... ........................ .

1789

425.16

Carroll .....

After Charles Carroll of Carrollton ..........................

1836

452.78

Howard ............

After Col. John Eager Howard, the elder . ..

1851

252.88

Wicomico .....

After the river of that name. from wicko. house. and mekee. build-




ing; i.e. referring to an Indian tnwn on the banks . ........

1867

378.37

Garrett ...

After John W Garrett ... ........ . ..........

1872

658.68

Reference:

Maryland Geological Survey. Vol. VI.





 

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