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Towns that share names

Posted February 15, 2010

It's President's Day - a day to celebrate the contributions of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. We have towns in NC named Washington and Lincolnton. But, did you know that Lincolnton and Lincoln County were not named for Honest Abe? They were named for Benjamin Lincoln from the Revolutionary War.

It's really interesting to note how many towns share common names across America. Three of the most popular names are Washington, Madison and Jefferson and we certainly have those names covered in Carolina.

Jackson is also a very popular town name. Of course, North Carolina lays claim to Andrew Jackson who served as President. South Carolina also counts Old Hickory as a native. Franklin is a hugely popular town name. I counted 26 Franklins across the fruited plain in honor of Ben Franklin..

Morning colleague Kelcey Carlson grew up in Indiana. We found more than two dozen towns in her home state that share names with NC towns. We are featuring some of those towns this week during our Hometown Hello segment at 7:10AM and 8:10AM on WRAL News on Fox 50.

What other town names are common across America. Please join the discussion.


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  • Hip-Shot Feb 15, 2010

    To my knowledge my original hometown is the only one in the US, Ahoskie.

  • lstr Feb 15, 2010

    Must not be many Simpson's fans about. :-)

    Springfield - NC, AL, AK, CA, CO, DE, FL, GE, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VE VA, WV, WS.

  • wdwbmw Feb 15, 2010

    Clayton is a town in quite a few states - NC, Wisconsin, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Idaho, Louisiana - to name a few.

  • mamananagramps Feb 15, 2010

    Add Orange, Virginia to the Orange List. I like this Bill, a good history lesson for today..Keep it up.I always check to see what the assignment is...:)

  • Big Guy Feb 15, 2010

    There's Chapel Hill NC and Chapel Hill, TN. The story is that the man who moved to that part of Middle Tennessee liked Chapel Hill, NC so much, he named the new town in TN "Chapel Hill." Chapel Hill, TN is in Marshall County.

  • hermanhuang Feb 15, 2010

    Orange County, NC. Orange County, FL. Orange County, CA. Orange County, NY. Orange County, IN.

  • katizs Feb 15, 2010

    I know Beaufort shares the same as the one in SC - but very different ways to say it!

  • Celt Feb 15, 2010

    My home town of Bluffton, Ohio has counterparts in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and, not too far from Kelcey, Indiana!

  • wildfrenchrose Feb 15, 2010

    Add Oxford AL to the Oxford list!

  • North Carolina Home Feb 15, 2010

    There are a LOT of cities and counties in the USA named after Marquis de LaFayette in the form of Fayetteville: NC, Ga., Ark

    And there are LaFayette or Fayette counties in: Al,Tn,Ky,Ohio,Indiana,Penn,Texas,Ga,Arizona,Iowa and West Virginia to name a few.




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