County Basics

County Name Guessing Game
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You can imagine how difficult it is to come up with names for all of the different counties in the United States. County names come from many different sources: people, geography, places in England, traditional Native American names… even fruits!  Can you think of any county names in your state?  

This link will take you to a game where you can guess the top 200 county names and see how many U.S. counties share those names. (Hint: Put your history hat on!)

  • Play until you’re stuck (for at least three minutes) and then click “Give Up?” to see the answers.
  • After you’ve taken the quiz, answer the questions below.  
Response Question: 
  • What are the top 3 county names? How many states have counties with each of these names?
  • What do these three names have in common?
  • Why do you think the most popular county name is the most popular county name?
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