Presidents’ Day, celebrated next on Monday, February 19, 2018. It is observed on the third Monday of February.  Here is a list of the number of places named after US Presidents.The following list shows where the last names of various presidents rank on the list (rankings based on “actual name” counts). The “actual name” column is based on the number of places, MCDs, and counties with just that name alone. The “total” column includes the “actual name” count plus the count in which the name is found within a longer name (such as “Fort Washington” or “Lincoln Park“).

Last Name

Ranking

Actual name

Total

Washington

1

94

127

Lincoln

3

70

95

Jackson

4

66

96

Jefferson

6

61

84

Clinton

7

55

61

Madison

9

54

70

Monroe

10

51

64

Grant

13

39

62

Harrison

24

33

39

Adams

26

32

42

Cleveland

47

27

32

Garfield

49

26

27

Wilson

56

25

37

Taylor

56

25

47

 

It’s also worth noting that

–Although never a president, founding father Benjamin Franklin‘s last name was the second most common name of a place, MCD or county, with 89 of these bearing his actual name.

Mount VernonGeorge Washington‘s home in Virginia, is tied for 110th place, with 18 places, MCDs and counties across the country having this actual name.

–Also in the top 1,000, based on the number of places, MCDs and counties with the actual name, is Johnson (20), Polk (18), Van Buren(13), Roosevelt (13), Fillmore (10), Buchanan (10), Pierce (nine), McKinley (eight), Carter (eight), Hayes (six), Taft (six), Harding (five), Kennedy (five) and Ford (five).

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Joan McCray

Joan McCray is a travel writer living in NYC. Her work has appeared in the NewYorker,Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Wine,and many local publications.She has published travel anthologies in Salon.com and Lonely Planet.

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