I'm surprised you've never heard it as not only is it referred to as such on anything official, most people in the area still make the distinction and call it the East Riding, rather than East Yorks.
-shires, this is the only one that is not accpeted in "short form" (West York)
This is too hard
Why can;t we just simply go back to pre 1974 It was so much simpler.
By the way, I think that historically Bristol has at some time counted as part of Gloucestershire, but never as Somerset
The english: Yes
Cambridge/Oxfordshire - universities
Cheshire - Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland
Cornwall - based on location and reading a bit about Celtic culture/language/history of the place
Devon - I actually thought it was called "Devonshire"...
Essex - I have heard the accent on YouTube. Plus there is a county with the same name in Massachusetts
Gloucester/Leicester/Worcestershire - Remembered based on long names
Greater Manchester - Just typed in "Manchester"
Hampshire - Assumed this would exist based on New Hampshire
Isle of Wight - Remembered because I think I have heard that Brits like to holiday here
Kent - This one comes up a lot when reading about England. I assumed it must've been wealthy suburban London for that reason
North Yorkshire - typed in Yorkshire b/c Wuthering Heights
Nottinghamshire - Sherriff of Nottingham of Robin Hood