While the UK has a lot of silly place names (seriously), as an international moving company, we’ve discovered that there are places across the world with strange and funny names. Here’s a few of our favourites:
A town in Maryland, US. Residents are called Accidentals.
A settlement on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati.
A Turkish city, whose mayor threatened to sue Warner Bros. for the use of its name in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.
A former mining village in Alaska. Prospectors wanted to name the town after ptarmigan, a local game bird, but Chicken was easier to spell.
A town in the equally oddly-named Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A town in Colorado, named for the nearby Dinosaur National Monument, home of over 8000 paleontological sites.
This Austrian town does not farm chickens.
A town along New York’s Hudson River. The name derives from the Dutch “vis kill”, meaning “fish creek”.
A municipality in Idaho.
A village of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. There are several theories about the origin of the name; some suggest it’s a reflection of the joyful experience of the first settlers finding such a welcoming environment.
A small island in Antarctica, so named for the inexpressible misery experienced by explorers stranded there in a snow drift in 1912.
A city in Iran, capital of Jam County; also known as Jām-e Jam.
A municipality in Bavaria, Germany. The surname Kissinger (as in Henry Kissinger) means inhabitant of Kissing.
An municipality in North Carolina. In 1998, Nintendo held a prelaunch event in Lizard Lick for Yoshi’s Story, an N64 game featuring a reptile named Yoshi who can extend his tongue over long distances.
An Italian municipality in which no mangoes are grown.
This region of Jackson, Tennessee, does in fact have a name.
The principle town of Ogre District, Latvia. The town’s name means ‘eel’ in Russian; named for the nearby Ogre River in which many eels used to reside.
A small town in India, also known as Pooh.
This city in Georgia includes the street names Candy Cane Road, December Drive, Rudolph Way, Dancer Street, Prancer Street, and Sleigh Street.
A region of Franklin, Massachusetts and Addison, Vermont.
A locality in New Zealand, thought to be named after an incompetent sailor who mistook the bay for nearby Lyttleton Harbour, his captain having thrown himself overboard in an alcoholic fit.
A small town in Australia, named by a French explorer who found its harbour entirely blocked by a sandbar.
A city in New South Wales, Australia. In the Wiradjuri aboriginal language, the name is thought to mean ‘the place of many crows’.