Wake County was named after the maiden name of Margaret Tryon, the wife of the last (I believe) colonial governor of North Carolina; the one who built Tryon Palace in New Bern. She was born Margaret Wake. I'm sure there is some biographical information available concerning her. If you're interested in Wake County history, an indispensable book is _Wake: Capital County of North Carolina: Volume I Prehistory through Centennial_ by Elizabeth Reid Murray. It was published in 1983, and Mrs. Murray is currently working on Volume II. She discusses the origin of Wake County and its name.
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