Most People Don’t Know How These 12 New Jersey Counties Got Their Names
By Kristen|Published April 18, 2018
Kristen is a writer, editor, and social media maven who loves her state. Born and raised in New Jersey, sharing all it has to offer is her passion. After attending Montclair State University, she continued her education online, obtaining certifications in social media management.
Many Garden State residents know that New Jersey was named after the province of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. However, the origins of our county names are not as commonly known. The majority of counties named before the American Revolution reflect the Dutch and English settlements in the area at the time. Burlington, Essex, Gloucester, Middlesex, Somerset and Sussex are all derived from British towns, cities, and counties; Monmouth County was named for Monmouthshire, Wales, Hunterdon County was named for Hunterston, Scotland, and Bergen County was named for Bergen, North Holland. Counties named after the American Revolution are more likely to be named for historic figures. Following, I share some fun facts and gorgeous shots snapped in each county listed!