The 10 Oddest City Names

Selection of a hotel, restaurant or even city name can be a stressful process, especially if you’re not particularly creative or inspired. After mocking some of the worst hotel names, we now point an accusatorial finger at the most mystifying city, town and village names. Clearly, the common thread with this top 10 list is, “what were they thinking?”

10. Peck, USA – Located in Sanilac County, Michigan, Peck is a small village of around 600 people, arguably referred to as peckers. Peck is rather small, having a total surface of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²). As with other towns or villages included in the list, not many facts are known, apart from the number of inhabitants. [on Google maps]

9. Phuket Province, Thailand – Located in the Andaman Sea, Phuket is a southern province of Thailand and also the country’s biggest island. The name is derived from the word bukit, which means mountain or hill. Tourists flock to the myriad beaches - save for in tsunami season - while nightlife enthusiasts and shoppers crowd Patong. [on Google maps]

8. Climax Springs, USA – Although the name sounds appealing, it only refers to a small village of around 80 people in Camden County, Missouri. Don’t start packing yet because the city doesn’t actually have springs per se. Small and devoid of attractions, you may want to ignore the allure of the place name – as seductive as it is, and visit nearby St. Louis instead. [on Google maps]

7. Condom, France – Also known as Condom-en-Armagnac, Condom is located on the Via Podiensis and home to two castles that date back to the 13th century – the Château de Mothes and the Château de Pouypardin. Other than the castles and odd name, the town is known for the production of Armagnac brandy. [on Google maps]

6. Dix Hills, USA – Located in Suffolk County, New York, Dix Hills is often described as one of the nicest communities on Long Island. Most of its allure is derived from the fact that it was home to American jazz musician John Coltrane during the last years of his life. Here, Coltrane wrote several pieces, including one of his greatest: “A Life Supreme”. [on Google maps]

5. Owanka, USA – Even though the city is not tracked by the American Census bureau, Owanka has been assigned a zip code (oh, the irony). Owanka is an unincorporated community in the Pennington County of South Dakota. [on Google maps]

4. Placentia, Canada – Located on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador, the town of Placentia is home to several communities that amount to around 3,900 inhabitants. Sadly, the population is in rapid decline. In fact, only one other town in Canada shrinks at a faster rate that Placentia. Famous Placentians include commentator/journalist Rex Murphy and wrestler Alastair Ralphs. [on Google maps]

Placentia City

3. Shag Point, USA – This is a point on the north coast of South Georgia, between Camp Bay and Sunset Fjord in the Bay of Isles. The name was chosen by the wacky British, with first use on a 1931 chart. [on Google maps]

2. Pussy, France – The small French village of Pussy is located in the community of La Léchère. The village’s name comes from the Gallo-Roman name Pusiacum - pusus actually means little boy. It lies on the river Isère offering magnificent views of the Mont Bellachat. [on Google maps]

1. Fucking, Austria – The number one puzzling town name is in western Upper Austria. Fucking has been around since 1070, named apparently after a legendary 6th century character “Focko”. Translated, the name of the town simply signifies “(place of) Focko’s people.” [on Google maps]

Fucking Austria

If you want to imagine how a tourist in search of Fucking proceeds, check out this enlightening video.
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photo sources: Wikimedia Commons

37 Comments for "The 10 Oddest City Names"

John says on August 10th, 2008 at 6:31 pm:

Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada should be on the list over Placentia I think…

Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada also works.

And the great irony: originally a french settled community- Baie d’Espoir, bay of hope, is now pronounced by the anglicized- Bay Despair…

Fred says on August 10th, 2008 at 6:45 pm:

You missed Dildo, Newfoundland, Canada!,_Newfoundland_and_Labrador

Rootman says on August 10th, 2008 at 6:56 pm:

There is also a Placentia CA :

wcf says on August 10th, 2008 at 7:04 pm:

John Coltrane wrote “A Love Supreme,” not “A Life Supreme.”

Jack says on August 10th, 2008 at 7:15 pm:

Sorry, but this is one of the lamest posts I’ve seen in a long time.

Richard Hertz says on August 10th, 2008 at 7:22 pm:

What, no Intercourse, PA?

Torley Lives says on August 10th, 2008 at 7:25 pm:

Amusing. ;D At least part of the answer to “What were they thinking?” is explained within the article, and another part is, “They were thinking in different languages!”

Another funny thing: saying “Fuck thong” is similar to the Thai word for “pumpkin”. And Thailand has a lot of obscene-sounding place names, like “Bum Chit” and “Thong Lo”.

“Phuket” is actually said more like “Puke it” than “Fuck it”. My Mom’s name is “Phornphen” and it’s pronounced like “Porn Pen”. OK, there’s an extra laugh for you! =)

SoLinkable says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:04 pm:

Why is Peck on that list? That doesn’t seem nearly as strange as say Dildo, Newfoundland or numerous other examples…

Jeroen says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:04 pm:

While travelling through Iceland, we came across this little beauty:

Probably pronounced in some Swedish Cook accent ;)

Baard Hansen says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:21 pm:

You forgot Hell in Norway!

Kevin Burton says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:28 pm:

Phuket is only odd in English….. it’s not odd in thai.

Humpty says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:29 pm:

Or Twatt, which is the name of two towns in the Shetlands and Orkneys, which leads to a claim that the only twat(t)s in the UK are Scottish.

Nick says on August 10th, 2008 at 8:37 pm:

The town of Tweebuffelsmeteenskootfontein in South Africa can literally be translated to: The Town Of Two Buffalo With One Shot.

James Hudnall says on August 10th, 2008 at 9:21 pm:

What about Weed, California?

Matt says on August 10th, 2008 at 9:42 pm:

Yeah I was thinking the same thing, Dildo Newfoundland was not represented in this list.

Viking says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:00 pm:

And in Norway you could always go to Hell (

jw says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:06 pm:

why not mention Bald Knob, Arkansas
or Knob Lick, Mo?

Stephan says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:15 pm:

Oooh, some place names in local languages other than English have risque meanings in English, and then it’s supposed to be funny that the locals still used these names – how Anglo-centric can you be?

Victor says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:26 pm:

In reference to John Coltrane, wouldn’t that be “A Love Supreme”?

hello says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:39 pm:

What about Petting in Austria? And Kissing in Austria? not too far from Fucking, I hear.

Anonymous Coward says on August 10th, 2008 at 10:48 pm:

I really think the list should include Boring, Oregon and Panic, Pennsylvania. And since you’re jumping language borders for an easy ride, there are places called Kissing and Petting in Bavaria, and a part of Berlin is called Wedding.

What you have there are mildly odd names, but the oddest? I beg to differ.

Lynne says on August 11th, 2008 at 2:44 am:

How about Intercourse, AL?

Matthew says on August 11th, 2008 at 5:28 pm:

Coxsackie, NY

Manny Ramirez says on August 12th, 2008 at 1:19 am:

You need to include Bar (Yugoslavia), Batman (Turkey) or Casino (Australia)

Thai Hotel Expert says on August 14th, 2008 at 7:31 am:

oh my god .. what a town in Austria..the video from Youtube is funnyyyyyyyyyyyy:-)

evan says on September 2nd, 2008 at 10:52 pm:

i really dont see whats so funny about placentia, which was a french settlement…there are far worse names for towns than that

Draigo says on August 20th, 2009 at 3:09 am:

Forgot “Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump,” in Canada, and “Stoner.”

Thomas O. says on July 7th, 2010 at 6:29 pm:

There is also a town called Mianus (My-Anus) thats quite funny thought!

Ward says on September 21st, 2010 at 2:51 am:

There’s also a Hell in Michigan.

Here in Australia we are so used to people going to Phuket that I’ve never even made the funny connection before.Australians know it’s pronounced “pook-ette”.

Wooloomooloo is an inner city suburb of Sydney,Australia.

Newfoundland has names like Gaff Topsail and lots of other oddball names.
Butts is a small town in Newfoundland. In the 1921 Census of Nfld. is a town called Butt’s Hole. Really wouldn’t want that on my business card.

Chuck says on July 29th, 2011 at 2:20 pm:

Peculiar, MO is not on the list… That’s pretty Odd!

hi says on October 17th, 2013 at 7:00 am:

lol last pic


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