Great place names

Discussion in 'Science & History' started by kitchendame, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. kitchendame

    kitchendame Registered Member

    I was just in another thread and one of the posters mentioned where they were from, and it was just the greatest name. I love really unusual place names, and often wish I knew why they were called that.

    Do you know any place names? Extra bragging rights if you know the origin of the name and bonus bragging rights if you live there.

    The first name that comes to mind for me is Tuktoyuktuk. Never been there, waaaay out of the way, but I love saying it: tuk-toy-YUK-tuk.

  2. HalfEatenSurprise

    HalfEatenSurprise Registered Member

    I'm afraid I don't know the origin of any of these places, but they exist today and are rather strange.

    *Chorlton-cum-Hardy (Near Manchester)
    *Twatt - There are two of these villages, in the Scottish isles of Orkney and Shetland.
    *Cocking - A place in West Sussex
    *Westwood Ho! - The only place in the UK with an exclamation mark in its name.
    *Lee - Numerous places called this, including a little village/hamlet in Hampshire, of which I had my photograph taken next to the signpost for it, because it's also my name. Hence I found it amusing.
    *Spaxton - Just sounds funny.
    *Jack's Bush - This is basically just a hill.
    *Budleigh Salterton - A Devon seaside village, I just find the name very posh and regal somehow.
    There you go. Some great place names.
  3. kitchendame

    kitchendame Registered Member

    I love Westward Ho! What a great place name. It's a must-visit on my list if I ever go to the UK. Thanks for some great names.
  4. HalfEatenSurprise

    HalfEatenSurprise Registered Member

    Sorry, I spelt it wrong.

    It's Westward Ho! -- not Westwood... It's in Devon, coastal town. Probably has some fishing/maritime history there. Other than that I don't know. Love the name though.
  5. Chaos

    Chaos Epic Gamer V.I.P. Lifetime

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  6. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

  7. Oooh_snap

    Oooh_snap Living on the 0th floor V.I.P. Lifetime

    Onancock, VA...

    I want to live there.
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  8. Iris

    Iris rainbow 11!

    i was so going to post that, alisa. i definitely want to live there as well
  9. Jeanie

    Jeanie still nobody's bitch V.I.P. Lifetime

    there's a street in Ann Arbor called Hiscock. They had to put all the street name signs up high on a light pole because people kept stealing them. True story.
  10. CaptainObvious

    CaptainObvious Son of Liberty V.I.P.

    They had to do the same thing here for a street called Glasscock, although that's not as cool as Hiscock

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