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1. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

....what are the weirdest sounding names of towns/cities/countries that you've heard of?? or the background of WHY they are called what they are!!
i used to live in Bella Bella, on the west coast of Canada...!
anyone know of other ones? .....just curious!!;)

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Hell, Michigan

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Saint-Louis-du-Ha!Ha!, Quebec (yes, the exclamation marks are actually part of the name).

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4893 posts) 11y

The new Zealand Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, which according to wikipedia (I don't have my NZ LP handy) translates as "The brow [or summit] of the hill [or place], where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid [down], climbed [up] and swallowed mountains, [to travel the land], [who is] known as the Land Eater, played [on] his [nose] flute to his loved one."

I also like placenames like wagga wagga (in Australia). Apparently "wagga" means crow, and wagga wagga means "(the place of) many crows".

5. Posted by hendrix147 (Full Member 44 posts) 11y

the strangest place name i know is in wales and is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch which means The Church of St Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio near a red cave, although it is usually shortened to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG.
so there you go.

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Newtwopothouse in Co. Cork (Ireland)

Nobber (Co. Meath, Ireland)

Oola (Co. Limerick, Ireland)

Terminfeckin (I'm serious, look it up if you dont believe me...I think it's Co. Meath as well....)

I could keep going....there are some very strange places names in Ireland.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Mankato, Miinesota (where I grew up):

Mankato was originally called Mahkato, meaning greenish blue earth to Mankato's first inhabitants, the Dakota Indians. These native Mankatoans prefer the name Dakota meaning friend to the name Sioux meaning snake like enemy given to them by their rivals, the Ojibwe. An early spelling error was never corrected and Mahkato became Mankato. The town is located where the Minnesota and Blue Earth River's converge. The Blue Earth River took its name from the bluish green earth that was used by the Sisseton Dakota as a pigment, found in a shaley layer of the rock bluff of this stream about three miles from its mouth. (High copper content int he shale.)

Mukwonago, Wisconsin:

First settled in the 1700’s by the Potowatomi Indians, Mukwonago was originally spelled Mequanigo, meaning “The Place of the Bears,” and was the meeting place of many Native American groups, specifically the Bear Clan.  The state legislature changed the spelling to Mukwonago in 1844 and established it as a Village in 1905.

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Kalamazoo, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Menominee (all in Michigan)
Maybe not so unusual as 'funny' sounding;)

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

Kalamazoo, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Menominee (all in Michigan)
Maybe not so unusual as 'funny' sounding;)

There are Menominee's in Illinois and Wisconsin also. Means Wild Rice Men (or Men of Wild Rice) since that was the grain staple for many of the American Indian tribes in the upper midwest.

We coud go on forever with these names, couldn't we Cupcake?! I love reading maps just for the strange names throughout this region! Also, I'm stuck living near Orangeville, where there are no oranges.

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

It was suppose to say "Alas, I'm stuck..." Duh!