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Mississippi CountiesThere are 82 Counties in Mississippi.
Tippah County, Mississippi
Tippah County History, Geography, Demographics, Cities and Towns, and Education
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Tippah is named for Tippah, wife of Pontotoc, an important Chickasaw leader.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Tippah County was established February 9, 1836, and was named for the wife of Pontotoc, a Chickasaw Indian chief, the name signifying “cut off.” It was one of the twelve counties created out of the Chickasaw cession of 1882. It was originally a very large county of about 27 townships and embraced within its area a large part of the present county of Benton, as well as the northern portion of Union and the western portions of Alcorn and Prentiss counties. The county seat of Tippah is Ripley. Its original limits were defined as follows:
In 1873, parts of the original county were detached to form parts of
Alcorn, Benton and Union counties.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 460
square miles (1,191 kmē), of which, 458 square miles (1,186 kmē) of it is
land and 2 square miles (5 kmē) of it (0.45%) is water.
Cities and Towns:
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