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Origin of Lancaster County Township and Borough Names

Look here to discover where Lancaster's townships and boroughs got their names.

Origins of the Names of the Townships of Lancaster County

Bart
1744, Supposedly for baronet,"Bart"
Brecknock
1740, Welsh place name
Caernarvon
1729, Welsh, Castle of Narfon
Clay
1853, Supposedly honored Henry Clay
Cocalico
1729, Indian name "Hoch Kalelung". Divided into East and West Cocalico in 1838.
Colerain
1738, Ulster place name
Conestoga
1729, Indian name, Iroquoian in origin, may have been the name the Susquehannocks called themselves
Conoy
1842, Indian name, formed from Donegal Twp
Donegal
Named for Donegal, Ireland. Formed into East and West Donegal in 1838
Drumore
1729, From Dromore, County Down
Earl
1729, Anglicization of Graf,German "earl"
East Earl
1851, Division of Earl township
East Drumore
1883, Division of Drumore township
Eden
1855, Biblical allusion
Elizabeth
1757, Named for iron furnace, Elizabeth Huber
Ephrata
1838, Biblical, meaning fruitful
Fulton
1844, Honored native son, Robert Fulton
Harrison
1845, Honored Pres.William H. Harrison (abolished in 1847)
Hempfield
1729, English place name; Hemp grown here. Divided into East and West Hempfield in 1818
Lampeter
1729, Welsh, "Llanbadr," Church of St.Peter. Divided into East and West Lampeter in 1841
Lancaster
1729, English shire and county seat
Leacock
1729, Town in Wiltshire, England
Little Britain
1738, Honored settlers from British Isles
Manheim
1729, German place name, "Mannheim."
Manor
1759, Formerly Penn's "Conestoga Manor"
Martic
1729, Martock Somerset, England, place name
Mount Joy
1759, "Mountjoi," honors Viscount Mount Joy
Paradise
1843, Biblical allusion
Penn
1846, Honored William Penn
Pequea
1853, Indian name (pronounced Peck'way)
Providence
1853, Biblical allusion
Rapho
1741, Ulster place name
Sadsbury
1729, Supposedly English place name
Salisbury
1729, English place name
Strasburg
1759, French-German city
Upper Leacock
1843 Division of original Leacock township
Warwick
1729, English shire (county).
West Earl
1833, Division of Earl township

 

Boroughs of Lancaster County

Lancaster
1742, Settled 1730,became city in 1818, county seat
Marietta
1812, Settled 1713, named for daughters of James Anderson, Mary and Henrietta
Columbia (Wrights Ferry)
1814, Settled c.1720,originally Wright Ferry, named Columbia to promote effort to become national capital
Strasburg
1816, Settled 1733
Washington Borough
1827, Settled 1800 as Woodstock, then Washington and Charlestown, then Washington Borough, no longer a borough, now part of Manor Twp
Manheim
1838, Settled 1762, named by Henry W.Stiegel
Mount Joy
1851, Settled 1811 as Richland. Rohrerstown
Elizabethtown
1872, Settled 1753, named to honor Elizabeth Hughes, wife of founder
Ephrata
1891, Settled c. 1732 by Johann Conrad Beissel, founder of Ephrata Cloister
Quarryville
1892, Settled mid-1800s; originally Barr's Quarries.
Christiana
1894, Settled 1775; originally McClarronville; named to honor Christiana Noble
Akron
1895, Settled 1830; originally New Berlin Akron is Greek "akros" for high place
New Holland
1895, Settled 1728; originally Earltown, then New Design
Denver
1900, Settled c. 1863;originally Bucherthal, then Union Station;named for city in Colorado
Mountville
1906, Settled 1814; originally Mount Pleasant
Terre Hill
1908, Settled c. 1835; originally Fairville
Millersville
1932, Settled c. 1761; originally Millersburg, Millerstown,then Millersville.
East Petersburg
1946, Settled 1812; supposedly named for Peter Gottshall who laid out some lots after Daniel Wolf laid out the village. Original name was Petersburg but was changed to keep its post office. In the 19th century the U.S. Post Office Department insisted that every post office in Pennsylvania have a unique name, there was already a Petersburg further west, hence East Petersburg.

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