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County Date
County Seat Parent County Etymology
Adams 1797 West Union Hamilton John Adams
Allen 1820 Lima Shelby John Allen, Colonel in the War of 1812
Ashland 1846 Ashland Huron, Lorain, Richland & Wayne Home of US Senator from Kentucky, Henry Clay
Ashtabula 1807 Jefferson Geauga & Trumbell Ashtabula River
Athens 1805 Athens Washington Athens, Greece
Auglaize 1848 Wapakoneta Allen, Drake, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Shelby & Van Wert Auglaize River
Belmont 1801 St. Clairsville Jefferson & Washington Belle Monte
Brown 1818 Georgetown Adams & Clermont Gen. Jacob Brown - War of 1812 Officer
Butler 1803 Hamilton Hamilton Gen. Richard Butler - Died at the Battle of Wabash
Carroll 1833 Carrollton Columbiana, Harrison, Jefferson, Stark & Tuscarawas Charles Carroll - Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Champaign 1805 Urbana Franklin & Greene Describing the land in the area as a Plain in French
Clark 1818 Springfield Champaign, Greene & Madison Gen. George Rogers Clark - Defeated the Shawnee Indians during a Battle near the Springfield area
Clermont 1800 Batavia Hamilton French for Clear Mountain
Clinton 1810 Wilmington Highland & Warren George Clinton - Vice President when the county was organized
Columbiana 1803 Lisbon Jefferson & Washington Taken from the name - Christopher Columbus
Coshocton 1810 Coshocton Muskingum & Tuscarawas Delaware Indian word meaning Union of Waters
Crawford 1820 Bucyrus Delaware Col Wm. Crawford - Revolutionary War Officer
Cuyahoga 1807 Cleveland Geauga Cuyahoga River - Iroquoian for crooked river
Darke 1809 Greenville Miami Gen. Wm. Darke - Revolutionary War Officer
Defiance 1845 Defiance Henry, Paulding & Williams Fort Defiance
Delaware 1808 Delaware Franklin Delaware Indians
Erie 1838 Sandusky Huron & Sandusky Erie Indians
Fairfield 1800 Lancaster Ross & Washington Named for the beauty of its fair fields
Fayette 1810 Washington Court House Highland & Ross Marquis de Lafayette - French Military Officer
Franklin 1803 Columbus Ross & Wayne Benjamin Franklin
Fulton 1850 Wauseon Henry, Lucas & Williams Robert Fulton - Steamboat inventor
Galilia 1803 Gallipolis Adams & Washington Gaul - French name for France
Geauga 1806 Chardon Trumbell Raccoon - Native American name
Greene 1803 Xenia Hamilton & Ross Gen. Nathanial Greene - Revolutionary War Officer
Guernsey 1810 Cambridge Belmont & Muskingum Island of Guernsey
Hamilton 1790 Cincinnati Original County Alexander Hamilton
Hancock 1820 Findlay Logan John Hancock
Hardin 1820 Kenton Logan Gen. John Hardin - Revolutionary War Officer
Harrison 1813 Cadiz Jefferson & Tuscarawas Gen. William Henry Harrison
Henry 1820 Napoleon Shelby Patrick Henry
Highland 1805 Hillsboro Adams, Clermont & Ross Describes the counties terrain
Hocking 1818 Logan Athens, Fairfield & Ross Delaware Indian word, possibly meaning bottle
Holmes 1824 Millersburg Coshocton, Tuscarawas & Wayne Maj. Andrew Holmes - Officer Ware of 1812
Huron 1809 Norwalk Cuyahoga & Portage Huron Indians
Jackson 1816 Jackson Athens, Gallia, Ross & Scioto Gen. Andrew Jackson
Jefferson 1797 Steubenville Washington Thomas Jefferson
Knox 1808 Mount Vernon Fairfield Gen. Henry Knox 1st Secretary of War
Lake 1840 Painesville Cuyahoga & Geauga From bordering Lake Erie
Lawrence 1815 Ironton Gallia & Scioto Capt. James Lawrence - Naval Hero War of 1812
Licking 1808 Newark Fairfield Named for the salt licks in the area
Logan 1818 Bellefontaine Champaign Gen. Benjamin Logan - Destroyed Shawnee Indian towns in the area
Lorain 1822 Elyria Cuyahoga, Huron & Medina Province of Lorraine, France
Lucas 1835 Toledo Huron, Sandusky & Wood Robert Lucas - Gov. of Ohio when county was created
Madison 1810 London Franklin James Madison
Mahoning 1846 Youngstown Columbiana & Trumbull Mahoning River - Native American word meaning at the licks
Marion 1820 Marion Delaware Gen. Francis Marion - Revolutionary War
Medina 1812 Medina Portage Religious site in Saudi Arabia
Meigs 1819 Pomeroy Athens & Gallia Return Jonathan Meigs, Jr. - Ohio Governor & Postmaster General
Mercer 1820 Celina Darke Gen. Hugh Mercer - Revolutionary War Officer
Miami 1807 Troy Montgomery Miami Indians
Monroe 1813 Woodsfield Belmont, Guernsey & Washington James Monroe
Montgomery 1803 Dayton Hamilton & Wayne Gen. Richard Montgomery - Revolutionary War Officer
Morgan 1817 McConnelsville Guernsey, Muskingum & Washington Daniel Morgan - Revolutionary War Officer
Morrow 1848 Mount Gilead Delaware, Knox Marion & Richland Jeremiah Morrow - Governor of Ohio
Muskingum 1803 Zanesville Fairfield & Washington Native American word meaning either a town by the river or by the river side
Noble 1851 Caldwell Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan & Washington James Noble - Early Settler
Ottawa 1840 Port Clinton Erie, Lucas & Sandusky Ottawa Indians
Paulding 1820 Paulding Darke John Paulding Captured spy John Andre during the Revolutionary War
Perry 1818 New Lexington Fairfield, Muskingum & Washington Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry - Naval Officer in War of 1812
Pickaway 1810 Circleville Fairfield, Franklin & Ross Piqua tribe or Native American word Piquar
Pike 1815 Waverly Adams, Ross & Scioto Gen. Zebulon M. Pike - Revolutionary War Officer
Portage 1807 Ravenna Trumbell From an Indian portage
Preble 1808 Eaton Butler & Montgomery Capt. Edward Preble - Naval Commander in the Revolutionary War
Putnam 1820 Ottawa Shelby Gen. Israel Putnam - Revolution War Officer
Richland 1808 Mansfield Fairfield Describes the soil in the area
Ross 1798 Chillicothe Adams & Washington James Ross - U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Sandusky 1820 Fremont Huron Iroquois word meaning cold water
Scioto 1803 Portsmouth Adams Scioto River - Wyandot word meaning deer
Seneca 1820 Tiffin Huron Seneca Indians
Shelby 1819 Sidney Miami Gen. Isaac Shelby - Revolutionary War Officer
Stark 1808 Canton Columbiana Gen. John Stark - Revolutionary War Officer
Summit 1840 Akron Medina, Portage & Stark From having the highest elevation along the Ohio Canal
Trumbull 1800 Warren Jefferson & Wayne Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut
Tuscarawas 1808 New Philadelphia Muskingum Tuscarawas River
Union 1820 Marysville Delaware, Franklin, Logan & Madison Due to being formed by a union of four counties
Van Wert 1820 Van Wert Darke Isaac Van Wert - captured spy John Andre during the Revolutionary War
Vinton 1850 McArthur Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Jackson & Ross Samuel Finley Vinton - Ohio Statesman & US Congressman
Warren 1803 Lebanon Hamilton Gen. Joseph Warren - Revolutionary War Officer
Washington 1788 Marietta Original County George Washington
Wayne 1808 Wooster Non-county area Gen. Anthony Wayne - Revolutionary War Officer
Williams 1820 Bryan Darke David Williams - Captured spy John Andre during the Revolutionary War
Wood 1820 Bowling Green Non-county territory Eleazer D. Wood - Founder of Fort Meigs
Wyandot 1845 Upper Sandusky Crawford, Hardin & Marion Wyandot Indians


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