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Top Ten List: Ten Most Humorous Town Names in the U.S.

Updated on March 28, 2014

Obscure Town Names


I recently traveled with my family to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, if you know what’s good for you; you’d better not refer to it as a state. While visiting my wife’s family and friends we were driving down the highway when we came across a town with a name so obscure that I absolutely had to stop and take a look around. I am now inspired to write a hub in honor of American towns with very unique names, some of them may surprise you; I know I was.

Hopeulikit, Georgia

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#10: Hopeulikit, Georgia

Hopeulikit, Georgia. The population and demographic information on Hopeulikit, Georgia is unavailable due to the fact that the U.S. Census doesn’t survey unincorporated townships. Then name comes from a dancehall built in the 1920’s.

#9: New Erection, Virginia

Number 9: New Erection, Virginia. This town is located to the west of the city of Harrisonburg, Virginia; however, I couldn’t find enough information to relay the origins of the town.

Intercourse, Pennsylvania
Intercourse, Pennsylvania | Source

#8: Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Intercourse, Pennsylvania. This town is located in southeast Pennsylvania in the middle of Amish country; it has a population estimated at 1500 people. The name apparently comes from the fact that, in its early days, the town lay at a cross roads of two roads, but instead of referring to it as an intersection they referred to it as an intercourse.

Goose Egg, Wyoming
Goose Egg, Wyoming | Source

#7: Goose Egg, Wyoming

Goose Egg, Wyoming. This town is to the southwest of Wyoming’s second largest town, yes I meant town, Casper. The town gets its name from the nearby Goose Egg Ranch.

Hungry Horse, Montana
Hungry Horse, Montana | Source

#6: Hungry Horse, Montana

Hungry Horse, Montana. This city lies between the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park; it appears to be most notable for a gift shop renowned for its Huckleberry products. The town has a population of around 900 people, and lies just downstream from the waters flowing from Hungry Horse Reservoir. Which came first…the town or the reservoir? Good question, if you can find it let me know.

Buttzville, New Jersey
Buttzville, New Jersey | Source

#5: Buttzville, New Jersey

Enough said.

Toad Suck, Arkansas
Toad Suck, Arkansas | Source

#4: Toad Suck, Arkansas

Toad Suck, Arkansas. An unincorporated portion of central Arkansas, whose name comes from the times when vessels up and the Arkansas River would have to stop for a spell at that location. The rumor is that the men from the boats would drink so much the locals said they “stuck in the bottle so they swell up like toads.

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico | Source

#3: Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Located in the southwest corner of New Mexico, Truth or Consequences has a population of around 6,500 people. The town got its name after the host of the 1950’s game show of the same name promised to host an episode in the first town that changed their name accordingly; the former name of Hot Springs was dropped and the new name incorporated.

Humptulips, washington
Humptulips, washington | Source

#2: Humptulips, Washington

Humptulips, Washington. This town is located on the west coast of the state of Washington and has a population of around 250. The name comes from local Indian language, translated as “hard to pole” it’s believed that the name came about from the difficulty encountered by Indians when trying to pole the local river.

Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky
Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky | Source

#1: Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky

Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky. Yes this is town that I am referring to in the introduction to this hub. Since the region is unincorporated there is no available census data but the story for the origin of the name is believed to be the fact that the map of the county resembles a monkey’s head; the town occupies the space on the map where the monkey’s eyebrow would be.

Conclusion

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this hub as much as I had in assembling the list. Some of the names on the list certainly make a person chuckle, knowing the origin only adds to the humor of some of the towns.


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      Scott Dove 4 months ago

      I live in #9 !

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      winfong1 4 years ago

      Very nice. Here's a great blog with lots more:

      http://reallyweirdplacenames.blogspot.com/

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      Happyboomernurse...I thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this article. I so enjoy looking into the stories behind places and their names and I appreciate that you enjoyed the fruits of my labor.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I always look at unusual town names while driving on long trips, but never took the time to research the names or take photos of the signs.

      Now I see I should do so. The backstory of how some of these towns got their names was very interesting and the names themselves are funny.

      Voted up across the board. You did a great job on this hub.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      hehehehehe America does have some seriously funny place names. The UK doesn't come close!

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      When it came to researching this particular topic I was surprised by the sheer amount of towns with funny names, I probably could have several more. I thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up and interesting purely for the sake of humor. Well done on your research. I heard of three of these places. If there was a prize for this, it would be hard to pick the winner.

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      Regional dialects do make these things that much more enjoyable. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Jennifer Essary 5 years ago from Idaho

      I loved it! Your Hub reminds me of the few notable towns we pass through while driving from MO to AR. One of my favorites is Flippin, AR. It's funny because I once had a co-worker reprimand me for saying Flippin. The other is more of a hillbilly pronunciation sort of thing. The town is spelled Yellville but in the south is pronounced YULL-VULL. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Also, thanks for the good laugh. I can see where a person

      from some of these towns might be a little hesitant to say where they're from. (Ha-Ha)

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Very interesting------and entertaining!!!!

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      @Sunshine625...Thankfully this is just the tip of the iceberg as far a towns with humorous names. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub, I appreciate it.

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      @Fullerman5000. I'm glad I could provide you some humor for this day. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this hub...I am currently working on a second hub to compliment this one.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I never heard of these towns until now! Funny stuff!!!

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      Ryan Fuller 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

      This was a funny hub man. I have heard of intercourse, pa cause i have relatives from pennsylvania. Thanks for the laugh. voting funny and sharing on facebook.

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      Cool. I will definitely wait for the second wave. :)

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      There are so many of names that are very funny, this only scratches the surface. Perhaps I'll do another one at a later date. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      Is this for real? I can believe that there are such places like Intercourse and Buttzville. Wow, Hopeulikit--FTW! Yes, I like it! LOL

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      rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

      I did find those two towns as well, there are actually quite few towns in Texas with obscure names. One that I considered putting on the list that I left off was Possum Trot, Kentucky, my wife however felt that I was unfairly singling out the state that her family is from so I left it off. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I love the unusual town names you came up with here! As we RV throughout the U.S., I am fascinated by some of the town names that we see. A couple of years ago we drove through Cut and Shoot, Texas and Surprise, Arizona. Wish I had photographs of the signs! Thanks for an interesting hub!