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Table of Counties

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County County Seat Established County Origins Named For Host Location of County on Map
Alachua Gainesville 1824 St Johns County Derived from the name of a chasm located northwest of Gainesville

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Baker Macclenny 1861 Bradford County James McNair Baker (1821–1892), a Confederate senator and later a judge in the fourth judicial district ADOPTABLE

Bay Panama City 1913 Washington County St. Andrew's Bay, the central geographic feature of the county ADOPTABLE

Bradford Starke 1858 Columbia and Alachua counties Richard Bradford, the first officer from Florida to die in the Civil War; he was killed during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island ADOPTABLE

Brevard Titusville 1844 Orange County Thomas Washington Brevard, state comptroller from 1853 to 1861 ADOPTABLE

Broward Fort Lauderdale 1915 Miami-Dade County Napoleon Bonaparte Broward (1857–1910), 19th Governor of Florida from 1905 to 1909 ADOPTABLE

Calhoun Blountstown 1838 Escambia County. John C. Calhoun (1782–1850) leading Southern politician from South Carolina ADOPTABLE

Charlotte Punta Gorda 1921 De Soto County. Probably a corruption of the name of the Calusa, a group of Native Americans from the area ADOPTABLE

Citrus Iverness 1887 Hernando County. The county's citrus trees ADOPTABLE

Clay Green Cove Springs 1858 Duval County. Henry Clay (1777–1852), Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829 under John Quincy Adams    Jim Albro

Collier Naples 1923 Lee County. Barron Collier (1873–1939), an advertising entrepreneur who developed much of the land in southern Florida ADOPTABLE

Columbia Lake City 1832 St Johns County Christopher Columbus (c. 1451–1506), explorer of the Americas ADOPTABLE

DeSoto Arcadia 1887 Manatee County Hernando de Soto (c. 1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador ADOPTABLE

Dixie Cross City 1921 Lafayette County Dixie is a common nickname for the Southern United States ADOPTABLE

Duval Jacksonville 1822 St Johns County William Pope Duval (1784–1854), the first governor of the Florida Territory    Jim Albro

Escambia Pensacola 1821 One of the two original counties of Florida Most likely taken from a Native American word ADOPTABLE

Flagler Bunnell 1917 St. Johns and Volusia counties Henry Morrison Flagler (1830–1913), founder of the Florida East Coast Railway ADOPTABLE

Franklin Apalachicola 1832 Escambia County Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America ADOPTABLE

Gadsden Quincy 1823 Jackson County James Gadsden (1788–1858), American diplomat and namesake of the Gadsden Purchase ADOPTABLE

Gilchrist Trenton 1925 Alachua County Albert W. Gilchrist (1858–1926), the 20th Governor of Florida ADOPTABLE

Glades Moore Haven 1921 DeSoto County The Florida Everglades ADOPTABLE

Gulf Port St Joe 1925 Calhoun The Gulf of Mexico ADOPTABLE

Hamilton Jasper 1827 Escambia County Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804), the first United States Secretary of the Treasury and a Founding Father ADOPTABLE

Hardee Wauchula 1921 DeSoto County Cary A. Hardee (1876–1957), governor of Florida at the time of creation of Hardee County ADOPTABLE

Hendry La Belle 1923 Lee County Francis A. Hendry (1833–1917), early Floridian pioneer and politician ADOPTABLE

Hernando Brooksville 1843 Hillsborough, Mosquito, and Alachua counties Hernando de Soto (c.1496/1497–1542), a Spanish explorer and conquistador ADOPTABLE

Highlands Sebring 1921 DeSoto County Named for the county's hilly terrain ADOPTABLE

Hillsborough Tampa 1834 St Johns County Wills Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire (1718–1793), former Secretary of State of the American Colonies ADOPTABLE

Holmes Bonifay 1848 Jackson and Walton counties Holmes Creek, which forms the eastern boundary of the county ADOPTABLE

Indian River Vero Beach 1925 St Lucie County The Indian River Lagoon, which flows through the county ADOPTABLE

Jackson Marianna 1822 Escambia County Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), the seventh President of the United States ADOPTABLE

Jefferson Monticello 1827 Escambia County Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), the third President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence ADOPTABLE

Lafayette Mayo 1856 Madison County Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French aristocrat and general in the American Revolutionary War ADOPTABLE

Lake Tavares 1887 Orange and Sumter counties Named for the many lakes in the region ADOPTABLE

Lee Fort Myers 1887 Monroe County Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War ADOPTABLE

Leon Tallahassee 1824 Escambia County Juan Ponce de León (1474–1521), Spanish explorer who named Florida ADOPTABLE

Levy Bronson 1845 Alachua County David Levy Yulee (1810–1886), one of the state's original United States Senators ADOPTABLE

Liberty Bristol 1855 Gadsden County The patriotic ideal of liberty ADOPTABLE

Madison Madison 1827 Jefferson County James Madison (1751–1836), fourth President of the United States ADOPTABLE

Manatee Bradenton 1855 Hillsborough and Orange counties The Manatee, or sea cow, is native to Floridian waters ADOPTABLE

Marion Ocala 1844 Alachua and Orange counties Francis Marion (c. 1732–1795), military officer during the American Revolution ADOPTABLE

Martin Stuart 1925 Saint Lucie and Palm Beach counties John W. Martin (1884–1958), governor of Florida at time of creation of the county ADOPTABLE

Miami-Dade Miami 1836 St Johns County City of Miami and Francis L. Dade (c. 1793–1835), Major in the United States Army during the Second Seminole War ADOPTABLE

Monroe Key West 1823 St Johns County James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth President of the United States


Nassau Fernandina Beach 1824 St Johns County Duchy of Nassau in Germany ADOPTABLE

Okaloosa Crestview 1915 Santa Rosa and Walton counties A native word meaning "a pleasant place," "black water", or "beautiful place" ADOPTABLE

Okeechobee Okeechobee 1917 Osceola and Brevard counties Lake Okeechobee, which was in turn is from the Hitchiti words for "big water" ADOPTABLE

Orange Orlando 1824 St Johns County The fruit that is the county's main product ADOPTABLE

Osceola Kissimmee 1887 Brevard and Orange counties Osceola (1804–1838), a leader of the Seminole during the Second Seminole War ADOPTABLE

Palm Beach West Palm Beach 1909 Miami-Dade County The county's large amounts of palm trees ADOPTABLE

Pasco Dade City 1887 Hernando County Samuel Pasco (1834–1917), United States Senator at the time of creation of the county ADOPTABLE

Pinellas Clearwater 1911 Hillsborough County From the Spanish Punta Piñal, or "Point of Pines" ADOPTABLE

Polk Bartow 1861 Brevard and Hillsborough counties James K. Polk (1795–1849), the 11th President of the United States ADOPTABLE

Putnam Palatka 1849 Alachua and St. Johns counties Benjamin A. Putnam (1801–1869), soldier during the Second Seminole War and Floridian legislator ADOPTABLE

Saint Johns Saint Augustine 1821 One of the two original counties Name derived from the St. Johns River, which in turn derives its name from San Juan del Puerto ADOPTABLE

Saint Lucie Fort Pierce 1905 Brevard County Saint Lucy (283–304), the Christian martyr ADOPTABLE

Santa Rosa Milton 1842 Escambia County Santa Rosa Island, which is in turn named for Saint Rosa de Viterbo (1235–1252), a saint born in Viterbo, Italy ADOPTABLE

Sarasota Sarasota 1921 Manatee County Likely taken from a Native American language ADOPTABLE

Seminole Sanford 1913 Orange County The Seminole Native American tribe ADOPTABLE

Sumter Bushnell 1853 Orange County Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), general in the American Revolution ADOPTABLE

Suwannee Live Oak 1858 Columbia County The Suwannee River, a 266 mile long river in northern Florida ADOPTABLE

Taylor Perry 1856 Madison County Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), 12th President of the United States ADOPTABLE

Union Lake Butler 1921 Bradford County Named for the area's residents united desire to split into a separate county ADOPTABLE

Volusia De Land 1854 Orange County The port of Volusia, whose etymology is unknown ADOPTABLE

Wakulla Crawfordville 1843 Leon County The Wakulla River, itself named for a Spanish corruption of a Timucuan word of unknown origin ADOPTABLE

Walton DeFuniak 1824 Escambia Lafayette County George Walton, first Secretary of Florida Territory ADOPTABLE

Washington Chipley 1825 Jackson and Walton counties George Washington (1732–1799), first President of the United States ADOPTABLE


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