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Several thousand place names in the United States have names of French origin, some a legacy of past French exploration and rule over much of the land and some in honor of French help during the American Revolution and the founding of the country (see also: New France and French in the United States). Others were named after early Americans of French, especially Huguenot, ancestry (Marion, Revere, Fremont, Lanier, Sevier, Macon, Decatur, etc.). Some places received their names as a consequence of French colonial settlement (e.g. Baton Rouge, Detroit, New Orleans, Saint Louis). Nine state capitals are French words or of French origin (Baton Rouge, Boise, Des Moines, Juneau, Montgomery, Montpelier, Pierre, Richmond, Saint Paul) - not even counting Little Rock (originally "La Petite Roche") o

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  • La liste des noms de lieux d'origine française aux États-Unis énumère, d'une façon non exhaustive, un ensemble de toponymes à consonance française. De nombreux lieux géographiques des États-Unis (Villes, cours d'eau, montagnes, vallées, parcs nationaux, etc.) portent un nom d'origine française que lui ont donné des pionniers français, québécois ou acadien. Cette toponymie française rappelle que du XVIe siècle au XIXe siècle, la France posséda de vastes territoires en Amérique du Nord. Plus précisément, le territoire des États-Unis comprend des parties importantes des régions de la Nouvelle-France qu'étaient l'Acadie, le Canada et la Louisiane. De nombreux noms de lieux d'origine française, voire des centaines, dans la région du Midwest ont été remplacés par des noms anglais directement traduits quand les colons américains sont devenus majoritaires au niveau local (par exemple, "La Petite Roche" est devenu Little Rock, "Baie verte" est devenu Green Bay, "Grandes Fourches" est devenu Grand Forks. En revanche, les noms des lieux d'espagnols dans le Sud-Ouest ne sont généralement pas remplacés par des noms anglais. (fr)
  • Several thousand place names in the United States have names of French origin, some a legacy of past French exploration and rule over much of the land and some in honor of French help during the American Revolution and the founding of the country (see also: New France and French in the United States). Others were named after early Americans of French, especially Huguenot, ancestry (Marion, Revere, Fremont, Lanier, Sevier, Macon, Decatur, etc.). Some places received their names as a consequence of French colonial settlement (e.g. Baton Rouge, Detroit, New Orleans, Saint Louis). Nine state capitals are French words or of French origin (Baton Rouge, Boise, Des Moines, Juneau, Montgomery, Montpelier, Pierre, Richmond, Saint Paul) - not even counting Little Rock (originally "La Petite Roche") or Cheyenne (a French rendering of a Lakota word), compared to only two that are Spanish (Sacramento and Santa Fe). Fifteen state names are either French words / origin (Delaware, New Jersey, Louisiana, Maine, Oregon, Vermont) or Native American words rendered by French speakers (Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Wisconsin), versus eight state names that are Spanish or Spanish rendered (California, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah). The suffix "-ville," from the French word for "city" is common for town and city names throughout the United States. Many originally French place names, possibly hundreds, in the Midwest and Upper West were replaced with directly translated English names once American settlers became locally dominant (e.g. "La Petite Roche" became Little Rock; "Baie Verte" became Green Bay; "Grandes Fourches" became Grand Forks). In contrast, Spanish place names in the Southwest were generally not replaced by English names. (en)
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  • La liste des noms de lieux d'origine française aux États-Unis énumère, d'une façon non exhaustive, un ensemble de toponymes à consonance française. De nombreux lieux géographiques des États-Unis (Villes, cours d'eau, montagnes, vallées, parcs nationaux, etc.) portent un nom d'origine française que lui ont donné des pionniers français, québécois ou acadien. Cette toponymie française rappelle que du XVIe siècle au XIXe siècle, la France posséda de vastes territoires en Amérique du Nord. Plus précisément, le territoire des États-Unis comprend des parties importantes des régions de la Nouvelle-France qu'étaient l'Acadie, le Canada et la Louisiane. (fr)
  • Several thousand place names in the United States have names of French origin, some a legacy of past French exploration and rule over much of the land and some in honor of French help during the American Revolution and the founding of the country (see also: New France and French in the United States). Others were named after early Americans of French, especially Huguenot, ancestry (Marion, Revere, Fremont, Lanier, Sevier, Macon, Decatur, etc.). Some places received their names as a consequence of French colonial settlement (e.g. Baton Rouge, Detroit, New Orleans, Saint Louis). Nine state capitals are French words or of French origin (Baton Rouge, Boise, Des Moines, Juneau, Montgomery, Montpelier, Pierre, Richmond, Saint Paul) - not even counting Little Rock (originally "La Petite Roche") o (en)
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  • List of place names of French origin in the United States (en)
  • Liste des toponymes d'origine française aux États-Unis (fr)
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