History of County Names
Beaver County: Recognizes the plentiful beavers in the area.
Box Elder: Box Elder County is abundant with Box Elder Trees.
Cache County: Named for the fur stashes made by many of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company trappers.
Carbon County: Named for the coal in the area.
Daggett County: The first Utah Surveyor General was named Ellworth Daggett, therefore
Davis County: Named after Daniel C. Davis, a captain in the Mormon Battalion.
Duchesne County: The origin of the county name Duchesne is uncertain. There are six interesting possibilities. The Ute Indian word doo-shane meaning dark anyon. Fort Duchesne, built by the French. Rose Du Chense, founder of the sacred heart in Utah . An early Indian chief in the region. Du Chasne, possibly an 1830′s French Fur Trapper. Andre Duchense, a French geographer and historian.
Emery County: Named after George W. Emery, 1875 governor of the Utah Territory.
Garfield County: Named after the 1892 President James S. Garfield.
Grand County: Named after the Grande River, now known as the Colorado River.
Iron County: Originally called Little Salt Lake Valley, later changed in reminder of the Iron mines west of Cedar City.
Juab County: Juab is derived from an Indian word meaning thirsty valley or valley.
Kane County: Named after Col. Thomas L. Kane, a friend of the Mormon settlers.
Piute County: Strictly named in reminder of the Piute Indians.
Millard County: Honors the US President Millard Fillmore.
Morgan County: Jedediah Morgan Grant was the father of the LDS President Heber J. Grant.
Rich County: Named in Honor of a early LDS apostle, Charles C. Rich.
Salt Lake County: Named because of its nearness to the Great Salt Lake.
Juan County: There is a dispute of name origin for San Juan County, one explanation is the Spanish explorers and the other is the San Juan River.
Sanpete County: Sanpete possibly comes from a Ute Indian Chief named San Pitch.
Sevier County: Named after the Sevier River.
Summit County: Summit County includes 39 of the State’s highest peaks.
Tooele County: The exact origin of the name is unknown, though many believe that the name Tooele is from an Indian Chief named Tuilla.
Uintah County: Named for the Ute Indian tribe that lives in the basin.
Utah County: Apparently anglicized form the word Yuta, which is what the Spanish Explores called the Ute Indians.
Wasatch County: A Lite Indian word meaning mountain pass or low place in the high mountains.
Washington County: Named in honor of George Washington, the first US President.
Wayne County: Supposedly named for Wayne Robinson the son of state legislator Willis E. Robinson. A counter claim for the name’s origin is the Revolutionary War General Anthony Wayne.
Weber County: Named after the Weber Basin area.