Virginia County Formation

Last Updated on 10 Feb 2015

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
1617 1634 1636 1637 1643 1645 1651 1652 1653 1654 1656 1661 1664 1669 1691
1692 1701 1702 1703 1720 1721 1728 1730 1731 1732 1734 1735 1738 1742 1743
1744 1745 1746 1749 1752 1753 1754 1757 1759 1761 1764 1765 1766 1767 1769
1770 1772 1776 1777 1778 1779 1780 1781 1782 1784 1785 1786 1787 1788 1789
1790 1791 1792 1793 1796 1797 1798 1799 1800 1801 1804 1806 1807 1808 1809
1814 1816 1818 1820 1821 1822 1824 1831 1832 1833 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839
1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1848 1850 1851 1856 1858 1860 1861 1863 1866
1867 1871 1880 1882 1887 1895 1900 1906 1908 1910 1916 1920 1921 1928 1948
1952 1953 1954 1958 1960 1961 1963 1966 1967 1968 1972 1974 1975 1995  
Virginia Census Year with Modern Map overlayed:
1790 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
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