25 Funniest and Strangest Place Names on Earth

What are the strangest place names you can think right off the top of your head? If they are really strange, they might just be on this list! Places are known by many attributes; some places are known for their people, other by their food, and yet others by their culture. But the places you are about to witness are known by their bizarre names! The world is a strange place – if you’ve ever doubted that, check out these strange city names which might just leave you scratching your head. For example, did you know there is a Satan’s Kingdom, Vermont? How about Bastardstown, Ireland? Or Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha!, Canada? In this alphabetical list, we dive into some cities and towns with truly strange names. These are 25 funniest and strangest place names on Earth.

While on the subject of strange place names and strange towns, if this is a subject that you particularly find humorous, you just might enjoy these 25 Most Bizarre Cities and Towns You’ll Ever Visit. A name is not the only thing that makes places weird.

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25

Westward Ho!

Westward_Ho! signSource: Westward Ho! History Group, Image: Wikimedia

The only U.K. town with an exclamation point, Westward Ho! is named after Charles Kingsley’s 1855 novel of the same name, based in the nearby town of Bideford. City planners named the town Westward Ho! to drive up tourism to the area.

24

Te Puke

kiwi360 te puke new zealandSource: tepuke.co.nz, Image: Wikimedia

With a name like Te Puke, it’s hard to believe this New Zealand town is one of the country’s most famous kiwi producers. Pronounced teh poo-khe, this town is home to Kiwi 360, an immersive kiwi orchard attraction with its widely recognisable giant kiwifruit.

23

Swastika

Swastika_ON canadaSource: S.A. Pain, Three Miles of Gold: The Story of Kirkland Lake, Image: Wikipedia

Swastika in Ontario, Canada, is a pretty strange place. Swastika isn’t a Nazi stronghold, though, as it was founded almost 30 years before Adolf Hitler started using the swastika: an ancient Sanskrit good-luck symbol.

22

Satan's Kingdom

Satans_kingdom recreation area signSource: USGS & State Parks and Forests, Image: Wikimedia

Isn’t it odd there are many strange places named “Hell” on Earth but no heaven? Score another point for the underworld – there are two towns in the U.S. named Satan’s Kingdom, one in Vermont and one in Massachusetts, and a recreation area for demons and denisons who love river tubing in Connecticut.

21

Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

Saint-Louis-du-Ha!_Ha!Source: The Guardian, Image: Wikimedia

Saint-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! in Québec, Canada, is the only city name in the world with two exclamation points. The city name likely came from the outdated French word haha: a ditch dug below a fence which allowed a farmer to see his animals but prevented the animals from crossing the fence.

20

Punkeydoodles Corner

Punkeydoodle's_CornersSource: Region of Waterloo & The Oxford Review, Image: Wikimedia

Local stories give two possible reasons for the naming of Punkeydoodles Corners in Ontario, Canada. The most common cites a local innkeeper who loved to sing “Yankee Doodle” (which guests claimed sounded more like “Punkey Doodle”). The other says a lazy pumpkin farmer’s wife gave him the nickname for wasting time.

19

Penistone

Penistone_ParamonutSource: Key to English Place Names, Image: Wikimedia

Penistone in Yorkshire, England, likely takes its name from old forms of Welsh and English, originally meant as a village on the hilltop. That hasn’t stopped hordes of people from giggling at this strange place name.

18

Once Brewed

twice brewed innSource: Mark Richards, The Spirit of Hadrian's Wall, Image: Geograph.co.uk

A north English town goes by two different names: Once Brewed if you enter from the east and Twice Brewed if you enter from the west. Named after the town’s inn, Once/Twice Brewed may have been named because the inn served stronger ale than the farmer’s weak, “once brewed” beer.

17

Nothing

nothing arizonaSource: New Scientist & Roadside America, Image: Evan Fuchs via Flickr

Formerly (minimally) inhabited, Nothing, Arizona, was abandoned in 2005. Its town sign reads: “The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.”

16

North Pole

Santa's_Workshop_-_North_Pole_NYSource: USCB & North Pole, NY Home of Santa's Workshop, Image: Wikipedia

A town in both Alaska and New York, North Pole is all about Santa Claus. Famous TV landscape painter Bob Ross lived in North Pole, Alaska, while the New York town is home to Santa’s Workshop: a theme park with live reindeer, Santa, and a parade led by Frosty the Snowman.

15

No Name

No_Name,_ColoradoSource: Quentin Parker, Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina: An A to Z tour through 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places, Image: Wikimedia

A small Colorado town, No Name was named when highway developers planned an exit in the yet-unnamed area. Temporarily writing “No Name” on the sign, this strange place name soon stuck. Nearby you can find No Name Creek, No Name Canyon, and the No Name Tunnel.

14

Muff

Welcome_to_Muff, irelandSource: Irish CSO, Image: Wikipedia

Situated near the border of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Muff city has grown in recent years. Locals can join the Muff Diving Club (one of Ireland’s most successful) and visitors can attend the annual Muff Festival filled with live music and parades.

13

Moon

Pittsburgh_WEO_Night_1Source: USCB, Image: Wikimedia

Just northwest of Pittsburgh, Moon is a Pennsylvanian township likely named for its river’s crescent bend. Local legend says a crescent moon used its end to plow farmers’ fields but killed many of the witnesses.

12

Mars

Downtown_Mars,_PASource: An Historical Gazetteer of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Image: Wikipedia

Budding astronauts can skip the G-force training, opting instead to visit Mars, Pennsylvania. This strangely-named town has a non-functional spaceship and locals are called Martians. Now going to the Moon (PA) doesn’t seem so strange!

11

Intercourse

Intercourse_Pennsylvania_WelcomeSource: Intercourse PA Merchants Association, Image: Wikimedia

The word intercourse used to refer to the fellowship shared within a faith community. The word’s history makes this eastern Pennsylvanian town’s strange name especially ironic since it’s in the middle of Amish country.

10

Half.com

Wallowa-Whitman_National_Forest_mapSource: Design Observer Observery, Image: Wikimedia

Halfway between the equator and North Pole, Halfway, Oregon, renamed itself Half.com in 1999 at the height of the dot-com bubble. Website Half.com promised $110,000 and 20 computers for the school to a city which renamed itself after the company for a year.

9

George, Washington

Gorge_AmphitheatreSource: USCB, Image: Wikipedia

George, Washington is the only town in the United States to be fully named after a President. In a nod to George’s fame for chopping down a cherry tree, George’s streets are named after cherries.

8

Ganja

Ganja_park azerbaijanSource: State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Image: Wikimedia

Though ganja can be found in Colorado and Amsterdam, only Ganja can be found in Azerbaijan. Though it might seem to be a strange place name, to the locals it’s not strange – it’s even the second largest city with over 1 million Ganjans.

7

Chinatown

Chinatown_manhattan_2009Source: USGS, Image: Wikipedia

Chinatowns exist in major cities all around the world, but in Wisconsin, a city on Long Lake’s northeastern shore is actually named Chinatown.

6

Bitchfield

bitchfield signSource: OSGB, Image: Geograph.co.uk

Bitchfield is actually a combination of Bitchfield and Lower Bitchfield in eastern England, both of which used to be larger in medieval times.

5

Beaverlick

Beaver_Yearling_Grooming_Alhambra_Creek_2008Source: USGS, Image: Wikimedia

Located in the northern tip of Kentucky, Beaverlick was named for quite clean reasons: it’s located along the Beaver Branch of Big Bone Creek.

4

Batman

Batman (city)Source: gap.gov.tr, Image: Wikipedia

More than just a comic book hero, Batman is a city in southwestern Turkey in the Batman Province named after the Batman River, a major tributary of the Tigris River. Beyond its major oil refineries, Batman also has a major military airbase, something Bruce Wayne could use if he ever decided to relocate from Gotham.

3

Bastardstown

Ballintoy_Harbour_-_geograph.org.ukSource: Google Maps, Image: Wikipedia

A small town in County Wexford, Bastardstown is a picturesque seaside Irish village just down the road from Rackardstown.

2

Å

The_town_Å_in_Norway_April_2004Source: yr.no, Image: Wikimedia

A gorgeous seaside village in the northernmost parts of Norway, Å is also the name of six other Norwegian towns as well as one Swedish and one Danish town. The towns were called Aa until standardization of the Norwegian language in 1917 turned aa into å.

1

Accident

accident maryland signSource: J. Thomas Scharf, History of Western Maryland, Image: able2know.org

Dating back to the 1770’s, Accident in West Maryland was an actual accident! King George II of England owed a debt to George Deakins which he repaid with 600 acres of land. Two surveyors were sent to the area to find the best land, unknowingly marking the same oak tree as a reference point. People from the town are called Accidentals.



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