Quirky labelling in County Durham

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Today I did the first of my Orphan Trail projects. I noticed that, unlike all other counties I've worked with so far to create profiles, both the England Sticker template and Category template needed "County Durham" in order to be accepted. Since this is at odds with the general practice, can someone fix it?

Short explanation: Should be plain old "Durham."
WikiTree profile: John Chicken
asked ago in The Tree House by Rob Judd G2G6 Mach 1 (15.7k points)

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It's to do with the time each county was created. When the shire counties were created, Durham was not in England. It was added to England at the same time as the Normans invaded Ireland, so the county naming pattern is the same: County Durham, County Dublin, County Antrim etc.
answered ago by Stephen Heathcote G2G1 (1.9k points)
selected ago by Rob Judd
County Cork, County Clare. Yes, I get it now. Thanks for the history lesson!
You're welcome. I've just checked on the County Durham page (England project), and the practice there is to always use "County Durham", as indeed is the practice in Ireland. I think it is important to distinguish between the county and the city.
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Durham is the city in  County Durham.

Buckingham is the city in Buckinghamshire.

The England Sticker names Buckinghamshire, not Buckingham so County Durham seems correct.
answered ago by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
According to the autofill addresses provided by FamilySeach it isn't; then again, they're Americans. The trouble is it's an oddball variation that's probably only recognised by a local. I only guessed it because someone had set the marriage location as Co. Durham.
I'm old. It was always County Durham when I was young (a quirky exception of which the English are so fond). Durham is modern sloppy though probably acceptable now.
Always makes Durham, County Durham look odd lol, if the Naming conventions had continued north, County Durham should have been named Durhamshire.
I suppose it is like New York, NY
Actually Buckingham isn't a city, it's a town, and at one time it was the county town of Buckinghamshire. Britain has very few cities - an honour bestowed by the monarch.

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