Silly place names across the world

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:

Accident

A town in Maryland, US. Residents are called Accidentals.

Banana

A settlement on Kiritimati Island, Kiribati.

 

Batman

A Turkish city, whose mayor threatened to sue Warner Bros. for the use of its name in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films.

 

Chicken

A former mining village in Alaska. Prospectors wanted to name the town after ptarmigan, a local game bird, but Chicken was easier to spell.

Cow Head

A town in the equally oddly-named Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dinosaur

A town in Colorado, named for the nearby Dinosaur National Monument, home of over 8000 paleontological sites.

Egg

This Austrian town does not farm chickens.

Fishkill

A town along New York’s Hudson River. The name derives from the Dutch “vis kill”, meaning “fish creek”.

Good Grief

A municipality in Idaho.

Happy Adventure

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.

Inexpressible Island

A small island in Antarctica, so named for the inexpressible misery experienced by explorers stranded there in a snow drift in 1912.

Jam

A city in Iran, capital of Jam County; also known as Jām-e Jam.

Kissing

A municipality in Bavaria, Germany. The surname Kissinger (as in Henry Kissinger) means inhabitant of Kissing.

Lizard Lick

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.

Mango

An Italian municipality in which no mangoes are grown.

Nameless

This region of Jackson, Tennessee, does in fact have a name.

Ogre

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.

Poo

A small town in India, also known as Pooh.

Santa Claus

This city in Georgia includes the street names Candy Cane Road, December Drive, Rudolph Way, Dancer Street, Prancer Street, and Sleigh Street.

Satans Kingdom

A region of Franklin, Massachusetts and Addison, Vermont.

Taylors Mistake

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.

Useless Loop

A small town in Australia, named by a French explorer who found its harbour entirely blocked by a sandbar.

Wagga Wagga

A city in New South Wales, Australia. In the Wiradjuri aboriginal language, the name is thought to mean ‘the place of many crows’.


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21 more silly British place names

Delivering customer’s belongings nationwide, we’ve noticed that the UK has a lot of strange place names. Last week we listed one for each letter of the alphabet, but it turns out there are plenty of others. Here are 21 more silly British place names:

Beer

A village in Devon. The name is derived from the Old English word “bearu,” meaning “grove,” in reference the the original forestation that surrounded the village.

Catbrain

A small village near Bristol. The name derives from the Middle English “cattes brazaen”, referencing a common type of soil found in the area.

Dog Village

This Devon hamlet may not be associated with Catbrain village, but is twinned with Caterham in Surrey.

Eye

Derived from the Old English word for “island”, the name of this Suffolk market town is also found in Herefordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Flushing

A hygienic village in Cornwall.

Gotham

Derived from the Old English for “goat home”, this Nottinghamshire Village has been referenced in Batman comics as distinct from the caped crusader’s own Gotham City.

Hospital

This Irish town doesn’t actually have a hospital.

Kill

A village in County Kildare, Ireland. Its Irish name is “an Chill”, meaning “the church”.

Lickfold

A hamlet in West Sussex.

Marsh Gibbon

A village in Buckinghamshire. ‘Gibbon’ derives from the family name ‘Gibwen’, belonging to the local lords of the manor in the twelfth century.

Muck

An island in the Inner Hebrides, the smallest of the Small Islands.

New Invention

A commuter village in the West Midlands. Named for the innovative solution to a smoky chimney of the first house erected there; the tenant stuffed it with a hawthorn bush. The settlement shares its name with a hamlet in Shropshire.

Odd Down

A suburb of Bath (which, if you think about it, also has a strange name).

Pity Me

A suburban village of Durham. A popular theory is that Pity Me was named in the 19th century for being considered desolate, exposed or difficult to cultivate.

Shop

A hamlet in Cornwall.

Stepaside

A village in Pembrokeshire. Legend has it the name comes from Oliver Cromwell and his army passing through to Pembroke, demanding that people in his way step aside. There are also Stepasides in Cornwall, Dublin and Powys.

Tubbercurry

Also known as Tobercurry, this County Sligo town derives its name from the Irish ‘Tobar an Choire,’ meaning ‘well of the valley’.

Ugley

This Essex village ain’t got no alibi.

Wallyford

A village in East Lothian.

Westward Ho!

A seaside village near Bideford in Devon, named after the 1855 Charles Kingsley novel.

Yell

THE MAIN SETTLEMENT OF THIS SHETLAND ISLAND IS CALLED ‘MID YELL’.


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The A-Z of silly British place names

Moving customers across the UK, we’ve discovered that this great county has a lot of odd, silly and just plain funny place names. Sometimes the original Gaelic or Old English sheds some light on them, but for many others, their original meaning is obscure, and we’re left scratching our heads at these bizarre monikers. Here’s our A-Z of some of Britain’s silliest place names:

Auchtermuchty

A town in Fife, from the Gaelic meaning “upland of the pigs”.

Barton in the Beans

A Leicestershire hamlet containing no shops or pubs, only a Baptist church and a postbox.

Curry Mallet

A village in Somerset with a population of 306.

Droop

A North Dorset village in Hazelbury Bryan.

Earcroft

The northern ward of Darwen, Lancashire.

Fakenham

Despite it’s name, a very real market town in Norfolk.

Great Snoring

A rural village in North Norfolk, two miles north of the larger village of Little Snoring.

Heckmondwike

A small town in West Yorkshire.

Ianstown

A village on the Moray Firth. As far as we know, not founded by a bloke called Ian.

Jump

A village on Barnsley, South Yorkshire. According to local legend, it was named after a stream that local miners had to jump over to gain access to the coal mines.

Keith

Another seemingly eponymous Moryan village.

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This Welsh village has the longest place name in Europe. Known as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for short.

Matching Tye

A village forming part of the civil parish of Matching, Essex. Sadly there’s no neighbouring village called Matching Socks.

Nether Wallop

A village in the Test Valley district of Hampshire

Over Peover

A Cheshire civil parish named after the Peover Eye river on one of the parish boundaries.

Plumpton

There are actually four Plumptons in the UK. Mapped below is a village in East Sussex, but there are also Plumptons in Cumbria, Lancashire and Northamptonshire.

Queen Camel

A village on the River Cam in South Somerset. Some of Queen Camel’s neighbours have equally unusual names, including West Camel, Sparkford and Marston Magna.

Ramsbottom

A market town in Bury, Greater Manchester. The name is believed to derive from the Old English ramm botm, meaning ‘valley of the ram’.

Sheepy

A civil parish in Leicestershire, containing several villages with equally amusing names, including Sheepy Magna, Sheepy Parva, Pinwall and Cross Hands.

Thrumpton

A village in Nottinghamshire.

Upton Snodsbury

A village in Worchestershire.

Vulcan Village

A town in Cheshire whose name predates Star Trek.

Warninglid

A small village in West Sussex, historically known as Warninglyth or Warningeld.

Exning

This Suffolk village technically doesn’t begin with an X, but in our defense the E is silent.

Ystrad Mynach

While strange sounding in English, this Glamorgan town roughly translates to ‘flood-prone valley’ from Welsh. The name was accurate prior to the building of river defences in the 1960s.

Zeals

A village in Wiltshire. The name comes from the Old English sealh, meaning willow.


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