Strange place names

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  1. jimmythejock profile image84
    jimmythejockposted 11 years ago

    Strange place names

    There are many villages. towns and cities around the world with strange names for example Little piddle in Dorset England, are there any strange or funny place names near where you live?

  2. calpol25 profile image58
    calpol25posted 11 years ago

    Cumdivock its a little village near Dalston here in Cumbria always makes me laugh smile

    Cummersdale a small village outside of Carlisle another good place smile

  3. casperquids profile image60
    casperquidsposted 11 years ago

    There are many funny named villages around Yorkshire. I wonder what the people were thinking when they came up with the names. On the side it would be sad to see any of the names changed in anyway.

  4. CrazyGata profile image79
    CrazyGataposted 11 years ago

    I live near a small island that is called Snake, or Culebra, in Spanish... Beautiful beaches with no snakes! You can read more about it here! … d-friendly

  5. savanahl profile image71
    savanahlposted 11 years ago

    I'm from Thailand and we have a group of islands called Phi Phi (pronounced pee pee) Island

  6. KimberlyLake profile image86
    KimberlyLakeposted 11 years ago

    Los Banos, Ca.,
    I think it translates to one bathroom. The story goes that it was built in the middle of nowhere and it had the only bathroom around for miles and miles.

  7. Specialist5 profile image67
    Specialist5posted 11 years ago

    They're not near me, but Blue Balls, and Intercourse, PA, USA, have always caught my attention.

  8. stephhicks68 profile image88
    stephhicks68posted 11 years ago

    There is a town in my state called "Boring," Oregon!  Can you imagine living there? LOL!

  9. pateluday profile image43
    pateludayposted 11 years ago

    Interesting will keep an eye in future and see if I can come across interesting names which have unique meaning when translated in English

  10. Bakhat Dero profile image59
    Bakhat Deroposted 11 years ago

    The most strange place is Hell..........

  11. bankscottage profile image91
    bankscottageposted 11 years ago

    Blue Bell, PA, Horseheads, NY, and Painted Post, NY, but ranking right at the top of strange names for towns would be Intercourse, PA.  Also Fishkill, NY or Muscle Shoals, AL.

  12. favouriteperfume profile image56
    favouriteperfumeposted 11 years ago

    My dear old English professor was a world expert in place name etymology and would teach us all the saucy origins of place names, including this once very popular street name in the Middle Ages - if you have a Grape Lane near you, this is where it originates from....

  13. robie2 profile image79
    robie2posted 11 years ago

    well I live only about 2 hours away by car from Lancaster County PA  which is Pennsylvania Dutch country and has some pretty hilarious place names  to wit:  There is a town called Intercourse there which is only about 10 miles from another town called Paradise-- I've always wondered what it would be like to say you lived " somewhere between intercourse and paradise"  -- then there is a nearby town called " Bird-in-hand"  and another one called " Blueball"  and I think I will quit while I am ahead with the names.

    This is Amish and Mennonite country and the farms and the people are so charming and seem so innocent it has always made the place names seem doubly silly.  Not sure what the origins of the names are but I have actually visited all these places and you can find them on a map.

  14. jimmythejock profile image84
    jimmythejockposted 11 years ago

    some funny answers here i love it lol here is one from New zealand and one from Wales.
    Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu (new zealand)
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (wales)

  15. sdmathis profile image59
    sdmathisposted 11 years ago

    I grew up in Boring, Oregon. It's not so bad. This small town has three bars and a golf course. Not so boring. It was named after a man whose last name was Boring. The Boring family still lives there.

    On a side note. I once saw Don Rickles in Las Vegas. During the show, he asked me where I was from and I made the mistake of telling him. He had a blast with that one.

  16. 17Bree profile image80
    17Breeposted 11 years ago

    Pen Island. Probably the weirdest and funniest names I've ever heard of.

  17. profile image0
    shazwellynposted 11 years ago

    There is a place in Cornwall pronounced as HELL - puts a new dimension by telling someone to go to hell, eh?

  18. JKenny profile image88
    JKennyposted 11 years ago

    There is a small village called Foul End near the Clent Hills, England.

  19. MojoDawg profile image59
    MojoDawgposted 11 years ago

    how about Turkey Texas? That seems a little odd to me, when I first heard it I thought they were kidding me, but I know people from that little rural town in dusty went Texas. West Texas is kind of a country in itself....

  20. Roosters profile image59
    Roostersposted 11 years ago

    A couple of my favourites are the villages of Ugley and Matching Tye, both of which are foung in Essex.

  21. Joy L Anderson profile image61
    Joy L Andersonposted 11 years ago

    Toad Suck, Arkansas. For real!

    According to the website! it was so named during the steam boat days. Boats would have to dock while the river was too low at that particular part of the river.  The passengers would disembark and visit the local tavern where they were known to "suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.”


  22. micadeolu profile image38
    micadeoluposted 11 years ago

    I had a dream one day. I was about waking up when a voice asked me not to forget her name and address. She announced: Linquanteen Queen, No. 9 Gate Prest, Chirrella.

    After googling few days later, I found there is a city called by that name. So strange!

  23. profile image59
    saidasposted 11 years ago

    Hi jimmythejock,
    A study on place names would reveal before you a new world of information and history.When we go deep , to investigate the origin of a particular name , it may accompany us to the old pages of history to surprise us with a box full of interesting incidents or events. It may be an event that may be probable or even never heard of ....


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