Term: Marinette County [origin of place name]
Definition: Marinette is a contraction of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, whose tragic death at the time of the French Revolution, caused much excitement among the French settlers in this territory. The French and Indians on the river when pronouncing "Marie Antoinette" would shorten the name by pronouncing it "Marinette." Another explanation is that the county and town are named after a French-Indian woman by the name of Marinette Jacobs.
[Source: Article on Queen Marinette by Fred C. Burke, in Marinette Eagle Star, Dec 7, 1946. Hist. No. Wis. p. 578 Milwaukee Journal, February 21st, 1932 Card file at the WHS Library reference desk; Milwaukee Sentinel, Jul. 14, 1948.]