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Root Names

Now lets begin putting things together. Most of the towns were named after people. Generally the last name was used. The following are common first and last names: Frank 67, Jack 56, William 53, Hunt 50, Smith 47, Harris 46, Chester 46, John 45, George 43, Morris 41, Lewis 40, Allen 37, James 35, Somer 32, Martin 32, Perry 31, Scott 30, Peter 29, Wayne 28, Warren 28, Miller 27, Jones 27, Louis 26, Adams 25, Wilson 22, Davis 19, Young 16, and Albert 13. These may have prefixes of suffixes added to produce: Frankfort, Jacksonville, Fort Smith, etc. Often an 's' is added after the name as in the case of Millersburg or Scottsdale.

There are two suffixes that are common in peoples names.
son 502, TX 31, IL,NY 25, PA 23, 22 IA, NC 20, GA,MN 19
man 206, AR,IL,TX 10, MN,NE 9, MI,MO,MS 8 If the towns were not named after the first settlers, then they were often named after things that were commonly found in the area. Take the word rock; it occurs in 188 different town names. Adding a prefix there is: Flat Rock 6, Littlerock 2, Little Rock 5, Big Rock 3, and Castle Rock 3. Adding a suffix there is: Rockford 9, Rockport 9, Rockville 8, Rockwood 7, Rock Creek 3 and Rock Springs 2. There is also just plain Rock 3. Adding two suffixes, we have Rockingham 1. These are just a few of the many actual combinations. The following list has some common animals, colors, trees and objects used in town names.
Bear 14, Bear Creek 4, Bear Lake 2, Big Bear 2
Beaver 31, Beaverton 3, Beaver Falls 2
Black 43, Blackwell 4, Blackstone 3, Black River 2
Cedar 59, Cedarville 7, Cedar Grove 6, Cedar Bluff 2
Coal 25, Coal City 3, Coaldale 3, Coalton 2
Deer 39, Deerfield 12, Deer Park 4
Eagle 36, Eagle Lake 4, Eagleville 4, Eagle Rock 3
Elk 54, Elkton 10, Elk Creek 4, Elk City 3
Gold 31, Goldsboro 3, Gold Hill 2, Goldfield 2
Green 178, Greenville 24, Greenwood 17, Greenfield 13
Iron 23, Iron River 3, Ironton 3, Iron Mountain 2
Maple 33, Mapleton 7, Maplewood 5, Maple Hill 2
Oak 137, Oakland 19, Oakdale 11, Oak Ridge 6, White Oak 5
Pine 92, Pineville 8, Pinehurst 5, Pine Ridge 2
Red 71, Red Oak 6, Redding 4, Red Rock 3, Redmond 3
Rose 49, Rose Hill 5, Rosedale 5, Roseville 4
Silver 44, Silver Lake 7, Silver Creek 6, Silver Springs 3
Walnut 20, Walnut Grove 6, Walnut Creek 2, and Walnut Springs 1 Other common animals, colors, trees and objects used in town names are:
Glen 147, White 114, Fair 105, Brook 88, Bell 79, Union 76, Water 74, Grand 72, Ash 71, King 67, Pleasant 62, Elm 49, Forest 48, Brown 47, High 44, Branch 44, Corn 43, Prairie 41, Sand 40, Clay 40, Hope 38, Gray 29, Garden 28, Buffalo 28, Stone 26, Wolf 25, Indian 25, Holly 25, Summer 25, Orange 24, Willow 22, Swan 21, Sandy 21, Fish 21, Winter 18, Mineral 17, Hazel 17, Round 16, Cotton 16, Cherry 16, Grass 15, Fox 15, Trout 14, Apple 14, Beech 13, Horse 12, Hawk 12, Fern 12, Birch 10, Flint 9, Timber 8, Yellow 6, and Spruce 5. The following is a list of the more common town names. Some of these names may be combined with other prefixes and/or suffixes.
Vernon 38, Salem 36, Chester 32, Springfield 31, Milford 30, Clinton 29, Columbia 26, Hamilton 25, Hampton 25, Windsor 24, Arlington 24, Burlington 24, Manchester 24, Canton 23, Newport 23, Richmond 23, Fairfield 22, Hartford 22, Newton 22, Ashland 21, Princeton 21, Columbus 20, Lexington 20, Waverly 20, Albany 19, Camden 19, Clayton 19, Concord 19, Danville 19, Dayton 19, Florence 19, and Hillsboro 19.
Southern Pacific train OAOGF at Thisbe, NV

Extra 9235 east rolls past the siding of Thisbe, NV on June 2, 1978. Thisbe is the fair maiden in a love story written by the Latin writer Ovid. It is a tragic love story like Romeo and Juliet.

As the railroads built sidings between existing towns, most were given short names, generally with six letters or less. This made it easier when typing train orders. The following list contains some of the names of towns with six letters or less and the frequency of use.
Acton 3, Adel 3, Adrian 10, Afton 10, Albion 13, Alden 5, Algoma 4, Alma 13, Alpine 7, Alton 7, Amboy 5, Athol 7, Atwood 7, Auburn 18, Avalon 5, Bagdad 4, Baker 9, Blair 4, Caddo 4, Celina 3, Cisco 5, Clio 6, Colfax 10, Como 4, Conway 11, Delano 4, Delhi 4, Delmar 4, Delta 10, Derby 8, Dexter 13, Dora 3, Dryden 6, Dumont 5, Durant 4, Eaton 6, Echo 4, Edna 4, Elgin 12, Elko 4, Elmira 5, Ely 4, Empire 7, Etna 7, Eureka 12, Exeter 6, Fenton 5, Folsom 4, Galena 6, Genoa 10, Gilman 8, Goshen 13, Groton 5, Gypsum 3, Hadley 6, Hamlin 6, Harlan 4, Hebron 11, Hinton 4, Hobart 4, Hondo 2, Huron 6, Inez 2, Inman 3, Iona 3, Jerome 5, Jewell 6, Keene 9, Kelso 4, Kent 11, Kyle 3, Lamar 9, Lamont 6, Lawton 8, Leeds 7, Lenox 8, Leola 3, Levant 2, Lisbon 10, Lodi 7, Logan 9, Lucas 5, Ludlow 8, Luray 5, Malaga 4, Malta 5, Mantua 3, Marion 27, Meadow 10, Medora 4, Menlo 5, Mesa 5, Milan 12, Mingo 4, Modena 3, Modoc 5, Moody 3, Mora 4, Moran 4, Nebo 4, Newton 19, Noble 4, Norway 6, Odell 4, Odessa 8, Oran 3, Osage 7, Oxford 19, Page 4, Paoli 4, Pekin 3, Philo 3, Pomona 7, Quincy 11, Ranger 3, Ransom 3, Rice 5, Rolla 3, Rowe 3, Royal 8, Salina 4, Sandy 16, Sardis 5, Savoy 3, Sedan 3, Selma 7, Seneca 14, Shiloh 5, Sibley 5, Sims 5, Smyrna 7, Sodus 4, Soldier 5, Sonora 4, Sparta 11, Sumner 10, Sunset 5, Tatum 3, Temple 7, Tioga 6, Tipton 9, Turin 3, Upton 3, Utica 12, Valier 3, Van 3, Varney 2, Vaughn 3, Venus 3, Vienna 9, Viola 8, Waco 6, Wadley 2, Wasco 3, Wells 11, Weston 14, Wilmot 6, Winona 9, Yale 6, Yoder 4, and Zuni 2.