List of long place names

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This is a list of officially recognised long place names.

Single word names[edit]

Short-forms: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (57 letters), Taumata (7 letters)
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Language: Māori
Translation: "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one"
Notes: Listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest official placename in the world.
The station sign at "Llanfairpwllgwyngyll", with a pronunciation guide underneath.
Short-forms: Llanfair PG (10 letters) or Llanfairpwll (12 letters)
Location: Isle of Anglesey, United Kingdom
Language: Welsh
Translation: "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave"
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Europe.
Short-forms: Lake Chaubunagungamaug (17 letters)[1]
Location: a lake in Webster, Massachusetts, United States
Language: Nipmuc
Translation: "Fishing Place at the Boundaries -- Neutral Meeting Grounds"[2]
Notes: Believed to be the longest official one-word placename in the United States.
Location: South Africa
Language: Afrikaans
Translation: "The spring (lit. Fountain) where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot"
Notes: This is a farm.
Location: Lapland, Finland
Language: Finnish (northern dialect)
Translation:
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Finland.
Location: a lake in Manitoba, Canada
Language: Cree
Translation: "where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks"
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Canada.[7]
Location: a village in Andhra Pradesh, India
Language: Telugu
Translation:Venkatanarasimharaju's city
Notes: The longest one-word placename in India.
Location: a farm in the Upper Karoo in South Africa
Language: Afrikaans
Translation: "Upper end of throat-cut valley"
Notes:
Location: a hill in South Australia, Australia
Language: Pitjantjatjara
Translation: "Where the devil urinates"
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Australia.[8]
Location: a bullaun in County Galway, Ireland
Language: Anglicisation of Irish Ballán an Cheathrair Álainn[9]
Translation: Bullaun of the Beautiful Four
Notes: Believed to be the longest official one-word Irish-derived placename in Ireland.
Location: a hamlet in Drenthe, Netherlands
Language: Dutch
Translation: Delta of Gasselt's (surname) farmer's bog
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in the Netherlands.
Location: a municipality in Iceland
Translation:
Notes: The longest official one-word place name in Iceland.
Location: a central square in Paramaribo, Suriname
Language: Dutch
Translation: Independence Square
Notes:
Location: an island in Quebec, Canada
Language:
Translation:
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Quebec.[7]
Location: a city in Michoacán, Mexico
Language: P'urhepecha
Translation:
Notes:
Location: a bridge in County Tipperary, Ireland
Language: Anglicisation of Irish Droichidín Glaise na Tuaithe
Translation: Little Bridge of the Tribe's Green
Notes:
Location: townland in Kilcummin, County Galway, Ireland
Language: Anglicisation of Irish Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile
Translation: Piggery between two Briny Places
Notes:
Location: Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan
Language: Japanese
Translation: Mountains and rivers of Hamachiyogamizu
Location: a village in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Hungary
Language: Hungarian language
Translation: Upper St. George in Jászság
Notes:
Location: a village in Hajnówka County, Poland
Language: Polish language
Translation: ground of Siemieniak, lit. Siemieniakishness
Notes:
Location: Finland
Language: Finnish language
Translation: The back of the old city
Notes:
Location: a village in County Wicklow, Ireland
Language: English
Translation: A new town near Mt. Kennedy
Notes: the longest official one-word English-derived placename in Ireland.
Location: a hamlet in Northumberland, England
Language: English
Translation:
Notes:
Location: a small village in Baranya, Hungary
Language: Hungarian
Location: a small village in Alsace, France
Language: Alsatian
Location: a city in Kerala, India
Language: Malayalam
Translation: "City of Lord Anantha"[12]
Notes: Thiruvananthapuram is the capital of Kerala.

Names with spaces or hyphen[edit]

Full name of Bangkok, written in front of Bangkok Administrative Building

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geographic Names Information System: Lake Chaubunagungamaug
  2. ^ Patenaude, Ed (June 28, 2001). "Fabrication leaves us gasping - Old twist to name of lake comes to light". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2009-04-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "How Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein Got its Name". Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Professor AM de Lange". Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "HUNT FOR TWO BUFFALOES". Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tweebuffels". Geocodes. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  7. ^ a b britishcouncil.org
  8. ^ "Geoscience Australia Gazeteer". 
  9. ^ a b "Bullaunanchaeathrairalainn". Placenames Database of Ireland. 
  10. ^ Onafhankelijkheidsplein in Paramaribo, The Guianas - Lonely Planet
  11. ^ Lonely Planet Destinations
  12. ^ "About Thiruvananthapuram". Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Jeff Miller's Collection
  14. ^ "Constitution of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved September 9, 2007. 
  15. ^ Sullivan, Noelle (December 8, 2009). It Happened in Southern California: Remarkable Events That Shaped History (2nd ed.). Globe Pequot. pp. 7–9. ISBN 978-0-7627-5423-6. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  16. ^ Catálogo de claves de entidades federativas, municipios y localidades