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1 Los Angeles County, California: Los Angeles is named for the fact that Gaspar de Portolà's explorers reached what was then the Native American village of Yangna on August 2, 1769, the feast day of Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciúncula (). 4231
2 Santa Clara County, California: Santa Clara is named for Mission Santa Clara, which was in turn named for Saint Clara de Asís. 1011
3 Santa Barbara County, California: Santa Barbara is named for Saint Barbara, patroness of fire. 674
4 Anne Arundel County, Maryland: Anne Arundel is named for Anne Arundell, the wife of Cæcilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore and daughter of Thomas Arundell, 1st Baron Arundell of Wardour. 646
5 Dutchess County, New York: Dutchess is named for Mary of Modena, the Duchess of York and wife of the future King James II of England. 590
6 Caroline County, Virginia: Caroline is named for Caroline of Ansbach, wife of George II of Great Britain. 519
7 Mecklenburg County, North Carolina: Mecklenburg is named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III of Great Britain. 446
8 Wake County, North Carolina: Wake is named for Margaret Wake, a London heiress and the wife of William Tryon, a colonial governor of North Carolina. 394
9 St. Mary's County, Maryland: St. Mary's is named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. 302
10 Augusta County, Virginia: Augusta is named for Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, wife of Frederick, Prince of Wales and mother of George III of Great Britain. 256
11 Dare County, North Carolina: Dare is named for Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World who disappeared with the Lost Colony. 207
12 Santa Rosa County, Florida: Santa Rosa is named for Santa Rosa Island, which in turn is named for Santa Rosa de Viterbo (Saint Rose of Viterbo), a Catholic saint who lived in the thirteenth century. 202
13 Pocahontas County, West Virginia: Pocahontas is named for Pocahontas, the famous Native American who played a leading role in the history of the first permanent English settlements in North America. 192
14 St. Lucie County, Florida: St. Lucie was named for the Spanish-era Ais town of Santa Lucea, presumed to have been named by the Spanish for Saint Lucie of Syracuse. 191
15 Mecklenburg County, Virginia: Mecklenburg is named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III of Great Britain. 171
16 Culpeper County, Virginia: Culpeper is named for one of three members of the Colepeper family, of which two were women: Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper of Thoresway, a colonial governor of Virginia; his first wife Margaretta van Hesse, called Margaret, Lady Colepeper; or their daughter, Thomas's heir and only surviving issue, Catherine Colepeper. 156
17 King and Queen County, Virginia: King and Queen is named for King William III of England and Queen Mary II of England. 153
18 St. Clair County, Michigan: St. Clair is named for either Arthur St. Clair, the first governor of the Northwest Territory; or Saint Clare of Assisi, on whose feast day Lake St. Clair was discovered. 146
19 Louisa County, Virginia: Louisa is named for Princess Louise, daughter of George II of Great Britain. 143
20 Queen Anne's County, Maryland: Queen Anne's is named for Queen Anne of Great Britain. 138
21 Josephine County, Oregon: Josephine is named for Virginia "Josephine" Rollins, the first European-American woman to settle in southern Oregon. 134
22 West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana: West Feliciana is allegedly named for Felicite de Gálvez, the wife of Bernardo de Gálvez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory. 120
23 Marinette County, Wisconsin: Marinette is named for Marinette, a 19th century trader who was the daughter of a French-Canadian trapper and a Menominee woman. 120
24 Caroline County, Maryland: Caroline is named for Lady Caroline Eden, the daughter of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore, sister of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore, and wife of Robert Eden, the last colonial governor of Maryland. 112
25 St. Helena Parish, Louisiana: St. Helena is named for Saint Helena of Constantinople, the mother of Constantine the Great. 111
26 Charlotte County, Virginia: Charlotte is named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of George III of Great Britain. 110
27 Amelia County, Virginia: Amelia is named for Princess Amelia of Great Britain, daughter of George II. 110
28 Ada County, Idaho: Ada is named for Ada Riggs, the first pioneer child born in the area and the daughter of Boise, Idaho cofounder H.C. Riggs. 110
29 St. Mary Parish, Louisiana: St. Mary is named for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. 110
30 Angelina County, Texas: Angelina is named for Angelina, a Hainai Native American woman who assisted early Spanish missionaries and was named Angelina by them. 108
31 Fluvanna County, Virginia: Fluvanna is named for an archaic term for the James River, fluv anna or River of Anne. 100
32 Assumption Parish, Louisiana: Assumption is named for the Assumption of Mary into heaven. 97
33 Grainger County, Tennessee: Grainger is named for Mary Grainger Blount, the wife of William Blount, the only governor of the Southwest Territory (modern Tennessee). 96
34 Winona County, Minnesota: Winona is named after Winona, a Dakota woman of distinction who was a cousin of the last of three chiefs named Wabasha. 89
35 Dolores County, Colorado: Dolores is named for the Dolores River, originally Rio de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, or, in English, River of our Lady of Sorrows. 87
36 Montour County, Pennsylvania: Montour is named for Madame Montour, a French-Indian woman who was involved in Native American affairs. 86
37 Evangeline Parish, Louisiana: Evangeline is named after the heroine of the poem "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 85
38 Guadalupe County, New Mexico: Guadalupe is named for Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas. 81
39 Tama County, Iowa: Tama is named for any of several Native American chiefs or chief's wives, over which there is dispute. 77
40 East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana: East Feliciana is allegedly named for Felicite de Gálvez, the wife of Bernardo de Gálvez, a Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory. 72
41 Pocahontas County, Iowa: Pocahontas is named for Pocahontas, the famous Native American who played a leading role in the history of the first permanent English settlements in North America. 71
42 Florence County, South Carolina: Florence is named for Florence Harllee, a daughter of W. W. Harllee, a president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad. 70
43 Florence County, Wisconsin: Florence is named for Florence Julst, the first woman pioneer in the region. 67
44 Barton County, Kansas: Barton is named for Clara Barton, the pioneering American nurse who organized the American Red Cross. 64
45 Hart County, Georgia: Hart is named for Nancy Hart, a woman sharpshooter and patriot in the American Revolutionary War. 64
46 Bremer County, Iowa: Bremer is named for Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish novelist. 62
47 Judith Basin County, Montana: Judith Basin is named for the Judith River, which in turn is named for Julia Hancock, the sweetheart and future wife of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who discovered the river; the misspelling is because Clark mistook her name to be Judith. 61
48 Tippah County, Mississippi: Tippah is named for Tippah, wife of Pontotoc, an important Chickasaw leader. 61
49 Isabella County, Michigan: Isabella is named for Queen Isabella I of Castile, who patronized Christopher Columbus. 60
50 Elmore County, Idaho: Elmore is named for the Ida Elmore mines, which may have been named for a woman named Ida Elmore. 59
51 Marshall County, Oklahoma: Marshall is named for the mother of George A. Henshaw, a delegate to the state constitutional convention, Marshall having been her maiden name. 57
52 Louisa County, Iowa: Louisa is named for either Louisa Massey of Dubuque, Iowa, who, according to legend, killed the murderer of her brother; or Louisa County, Virginia. 54
53 Attala County, Mississippi: Attala is named for Attala or Atala, a fictional Native American heroine from a story by François-René de Chateaubriand. 54
54 Merrick County, Nebraska: Merrick is named after Elvira Merrick, wife of Henry W. DePuy, a territorial legislator. 52
55 Maries County, Missouri: Maries is named for the Maries River, which may be named after one or more Maries. 50
56 Haines Borough, Alaska: Haines Borough is named after Haines, Alaska, which is named in turn for Mrs. F. E. Haines, the community leader who raised funds for a religious mission to the local Chilkat Native American tribe. 49
57 Ida County, Iowa: Ida is named for possibly Ida Smith, the first European-American child born in the county. 38
58 Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri: Ste. Genevieve is named after Sainte Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. < 5
59 Doña Ana County, New Mexico: Doña Ana is named for its first county seat of Doña Ana, New Mexico, which in turn was named for Doña Ana Robledo, a 17th-century woman known for her charitable giving. < 5
60 Queens County, New York: Queens is named for Catherine of Braganza, Queen of England and the wife of Charles II of England. < 5

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