Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations


Posted December 11, 2007

Can you recite all of the towns and counties in North Carolina with European names?  There are more than you might think.

Elizabeth Gardner and I have been compiling a list beginning with Windsor of Bertie County. Windsor was our Hometown Hello profile Monday on WRAL Morning News on Fox 50. Windsor, NC was named after a famous town and castle near London.

Today we are profiling Louisburg on Hometown Hello. Louisburg was named for King Louis XVI of France.

Did you know you can go to Poland in North Carolina? There is a town by the name of Warsaw in Duplin County.

Southern Europe is represented in the North Carolina mountains in the Alleghany County town of Sparta. Ireland is represented by the towns of Dublin in Bladen County and Belfast in Wayne County.

Do you know how NC's second oldest town got its name. New Bern was named after Bern, Switzerland.

Just ahead - more NC names with European origins. Can you name some others? Please help.

Fayetteville, Bath, Beaufort, Elizabeth City, Elizabethtown, Edenton, Aberdeen, Avon, Cumberland, Dover, Essex, Florence, Gloucester, Kilkenny, Liecester, Oxford, Raleigh, Troy, Tunis, Vienna, Wallace, Westminster, Raleigh, Brunswick County, Chatham County, Craven County, Orange County, Scotland County, Surry County, Granville County and Carteret County.

What have we left out?


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  • rogerkneebend Dec 13, 2007

    The town of Bath on our East Coast. There is a Bath, England (members of pop group Tears for Fears are from there)

  • this is my Screen Name Dec 11, 2007

    Cary is named for containment area of relocated Yankees. Oops, that would be more like NEW England and its neighbors. Sorry, wrong England!!! ;-}

  • drnc Dec 11, 2007

    Pitt County in honor of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham.

  • trinity_quickblade Dec 11, 2007

    Nicknamed The Queen City, Charlotte (as well as the county containing it) was named in honor of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, wife of King George III of the United Kingdom.

  • tennispro Dec 11, 2007

    Henderson Island is an uninhabited uplifted coral island in the South Pacific Ocean.

  • Gerbil Herder Dec 11, 2007

    Monroe was actually named for President James Monroe. Obviously the surname is from England at some point, but not directly named from a location or person in Europe. When you're from there you gotta know the history.

  • murdock Dec 11, 2007

    New Hanover County, Wilmington, Halifax, Edgecombe

  • Bon Viveur Dec 11, 2007

    This is a no brainer. Much easier to list place in NC without a Euro link. After all even the word Carolina is named after King Charles ( Carolus is latin for Charles) A quick list of overlooked towns and counties, Carthage, Troy, Monroe, Pittsboro ( William Pitt, Earl of Chatham) Anson County ( Lord Anson) Albermarle ( the Duke of Albermarle) Richmond County ( Lord Richmond) Transylvania County, Elizabeth City ( Queen Elizabeth) Orange County ( william of Orange) etc etc etc etc etc etc

  • bleslie Dec 11, 2007

    Good to hear from you Celt! I believe Durham was named for a wealthy doctor and landowner Bartlett Snipes Durham.

    2thebeach knows those mountains. Little Switzerland is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in McDowell County and was named because area peaks look like the Swiss mountains.

  • 2thebeach Dec 11, 2007

    Little Switzerland?




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