13 Strangest Town Names in the World

13 Strangest Town Names in the World

There are many towns in the world which have been given strange and funny names. It makes you wonder how they got these strange names in the first place. Let’s take a look at some of the strangest names of towns in the world.

1. Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

This town is located in Sierra County of New Mexico, USA. It is popularly known as T or C. This spa town was originally called Hot Springs, but changed its name to T or C by winning an honor of a radio show. The host of a radio show called Truth or Consequences announced that the show would be aired from the town which adapted the show’s name for itself.

2. Gogogogo, Madagascar

Gogogogo is a town located in the southwest of Madagascar. It is a commune which is a part of the Atsimo-Andrefana region in Madagascar. This town is very sparsely populated and most inhabitants follow occupations related to farming and livestock. It is definitely one of the strangest names on this list.

3. Police, Poland

Located in northwest Poland in the West Pomerania Province, Police is said to have received its name from the Polish word- pole, meaning field. The Oder River flows through this picturesque Polish town which is also home to many post World War II Gothic and neo-Gothic monuments.

4. Gore, New Zealand

Gore is a town located in the famous tourist destination of South Island in New Zealand. Nothing related to Al Gore or gory horror movies is responsible for the name of this town. Gore is a traditional Maori town which has also been nicknamed the Chicago of the South. In 1885, this town was officially constituted as a borough. A borough commonly refers to a self governing township.

5. Wagga Wagga, Australia

Located on the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga is an important city in New South Wales, Australia. It is the state’s largest inland city and is located between Sydney and Melbourne. Wagga Wagga also holds significance because it is one of the transport and agricultural hubs of Australia. In aboriginal language of the Wiradjuri people, the word wagga is known to mean crow or to dance. Interestingly, this strangely named town was one of the contenders for being named the capital city of Australia after the nation’s freedom.

6. Tubbercurry, Ireland

Also called Tobercurry, this town is located on the foothills of the Ox Mountains in County Sligo in Ireland. The strange name of this town is derived from the Irish phrase Tobar an Choire which translates to ‘well of the corrie.’ Tubbercurry is the second largest town in County Sligo and houses a large Polish population. It is one of the few towns in Ireland to have been given the prestigious Fair Trade status.

7. Worms, Germany

Worms is located at an hour’s drive from Frankfurt on the Rhine in Germany. The name of this town is derived from the Celtic word- Borbetomagus, meaning settlement in a watery area. It was established by the Celtic people and is one of the contenders of being titled the oldest city in Germany. Worms is a member of a group called Most Ancient European Towns Network.

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