Towns With Female Names

I have been amazed by the number of towns in the United States with female names, Seeing this phenomenon, I assumed wrongly that many husbands and fathers moved to new locations and named the towns they founded after their female kin. This is apparently a false view. I could only find a few towns that were named after the females in any family.

The names of towns that sound like they were formed to honor family members are actually few while many states have towns that sound female. In Iowa there are towns named Allison and Ida. However, Allison was named for a male Senator and Ida was given that name to honor the county it’s in. Arkansas sounds like a kind of champion where females are concerned. In that state there are towns named Elaine, Jasmine, Ursula, Alma, and Augusta. None of them honor females in Arkansas families. South of Iowa, Kansas seems similarly gifted with female residents. In this state there are towns named Amy, Kelly, Ione, Isabell, and Paola, and not one of them is named for a Kansas resident. Pennsylvania seems like it has a kind of lady honoring list of town names with a Jeannette, a Sharon, a Natalie, an Ione, and a Lilly. Only Jeannette was named by a husband. Idaho has a Kimberley. Missouri has a Bethany with almost 3,000 residents. There is no one with the name Bethany connected to this town. Texas has a famous city named Victoria. Need I go on?

So there are clearly 4 towns who have names honoring family members. Camilla, GA, which in 2020 had a notable population of more than 5,000 was named for the granddaughter of Henry Mitchell, a general in the Revolutionary War. Donna, TX, was named for Donna Hooks Fletcher. Thomas Jefferson Hooks bought 23,000 acres of land in Texas. He gave part of that purchase to his 21-year old divorced daughter Donna near McAllen, which had a population of 16, 797 in 2020. Irene, South Dakota, was laid out in 1893 and was named after the daughter of its first settler. Her name was Irene Fry and her father was Joel Fry. Jeannette, Pennsylvania was named for Jeanette McLaughlin, She was the wife of the town founder. The town was founded in 1888 and was named by the man who wished to honor his wife Jeannette by naming the town after her.

Dorothy, MN is a ghost town. Clare, Michigan, was named not after someone named Clare but for a county in Ireland. There is a town called Susan Moore in Alabama. Who is she? Charlotte, North Carolina, was named for the wife of King George III of England. There is a town named Patricia in Texas, Ramona is in California, and Rebecca is in Georgia. And so it goes.

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