Virginia County Formation

NOTE: A key boundary change occurred between Nansemond & Southampton counties in 1785-86. Prior, the boundary continued in a straight line to the NC border. After citizens on the west side of the Blackwater River petitioned, the boundary was changed to make the river be the boundary from old South Quay, south to the NC line. The interactive map does not include this information. Pre-1786 records for that section survive in Southampton Co.

*Reproduced courtesy of MapOfUS.org




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Virginia County Formation years
161716341636163716431645165116521653165416561661166416691691
169217011702170317201721172817301731173217341735173817421743
174417451746174917521753175417571759176117641765176617671769
177017721776177717781779178017811782178417851786178717881789
179017911792179317961797179817991800180118041806180718081809
181418161818182018211822182418311832183318351836183718381839
184218431844184518461847184818501851185618581860186118631866
186718711880188218871895190019061908191019161920192119281948
19521953195419581960196119631966196719681972197419751995 
Virginia Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
179018001810182018301840185018601870188018901900191019201930
Virginia Map Abbreviations
unorg. = unorganized
g. = gained
w. = with
fr. = from
atmt. = attachment
exch = exchanged
nca.= non county area
ch. = changed
Aco – Accomack
Alb – Albemarle
All – Alleghany
Ame – Amelia
Amh – Amherst
Ap – Appomattox
Ar – Arlington
Au – Augusta
Bar – Barbour (WV)
Bat – Bath
Bcn – Buchanan
Bed – Bedford
Ber – Berkeley (WV)
Bkm – Buckingham
Bl – Bland
Boo – Boone (WV)
Bot – Botetourt
Bra – Braxton (WV)
Brn – Brunswick
Bro – Brooke (WV)
Cab – Cabell (WV)
Cal – Calhoun (WV)
Cam – Campbell
CC – Charles City
Che – Chesterfield
Clk – Clarke
Clt – Charlotte
Cly – Clay (WV)
Cr – Craig
Crl – Carroll
Crn – Caroline
Cul – Culpeper
Cum – Cumberland
Dic – Dickenson
Din – Dinwiddie
Do – Doddridge (WV)
EC – Elizabeth City
Es – Essex
Fai – Fairfax
Fau – Fauquier
Fay – Fayette (WV)
Flo – Floyd
Flu – Fluvanna
Fra – Franklin
Fre – Frederick
Gl – Gloucester
Gls – Giles
Gmr – Gilmer (WV)
Go – Goochland
Gra – Grant (WV)
Gra – Grayson
Grb – Greenbrier (WV)
Grn – Greene
Gvl – Greensville
Hal – Halifax
Ham – Hampshire (WV)
Hck – Hancock (WV)
Hco – Henrico
Hdy – Hardy (WV)
Hi – Highland
Hry – Henry
Hsn – Harrison (WV)
Hvr – Hanover
IW – Isle of Wight
Jac – Jackson (WV)
JC – James City
Je – Jefferson (WV)
Ka – Kanawha (WV)
KG – King George
KQ – King and Queen
KW – King William
La – Lancaster
Ldn – Loudoun
Lee – Lee
Lew – Lewis (WV)
Li – Lincoln (WV)
Log – Logan (WV)
Lsa – Louisa
Lu – Lunenburg
Mad – Madison
Mas – Mason (WV)
Mat – Mathews
Mc – McDowell (WV)
Mec – Mecklenburg
Mer – Mercer (WV)
Mgl – Monongalia (WV)
Mid – Middlesex
Mnl – Mineral (WV)
Mno – Mingo (WV)
Mon – Montgomery
Mor – Morgan (WV)
Mrn – Marion (WV)
Mro – Monroe (WV)
Msl – Marshall (WV)
Na – Nansemond
Nel – Nelson
Nfk – Norfolk
Nhn – Northampton
Ni – Nicholas (WV)
NK – New Kent
Not – Nottoway
Nud – Northumberland
Oh – Ohio (WV)
Or – Orange
PA – Princess Anne
Pag – Page
Pat – Patrick
Pe – Pendleton (WV)
PE – Prince Edward
PG – Prince George
Pi – Pittsylvania
Pl – Pleasants (WV)
Poc – Pocahontas (WV)
Pow – Powhatan
Pr – Preston (WV)
Pul – Pulaski
Put – Putnam (WV)
PW – Prince William
Ral – Raleigh (WV)
Ran – Randolph (WV)
Rap – Rappahannock
Rbr – Rockbridge
Rhm – Rockingham
Ric – Richmond
Rit – Ritchie (WV)
Rne – Roane (WV)
Rnk – Roanoke
Ru – Russell
Sc – Scott
Sh – Shenandoah
Sm – Smyth
So – Southampton
Sp – Spotsylvania
St – Stafford
Su – Summers (WV)
Sur – Surry
Sus – Sussex
Tay – Taylor (WV)
Taz – Tazewell
Tu – Tucker (WV)
Ty – Tyler (WV)
Up – Upshur (WV)
Was – Washington
Way – Wayne (WV)
Web – Webster (WV)
Wes – Westmoreland
Wet – Wetzel (WV)
Wir – Wirt (WV)
Wis – Wise
Wod – Wood (WV)
Wrn – Warren
Wwk – Warwick
Wy – Wythe
Wyo – Wyoming (WV)
Yor – York
Independent – cities
  • Alexandria
  • Bristol
  • Buena Vista
  • Charlottesville
  • Clifton Forge
  • Danville
  • Fredericksburg
  • Hampton
  • Harrisonburg
  • Hopewell
  • Lynchburg
  • [Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Petersburg
  • Portsmouth
  • Radford
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Staunton
  • Suffolk
  • Williamsburg
  • Winchester