List of geographic names derived from portmanteaus

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This is a list of geographic names derived from portmanteaus. Portmanteaus (also called blends) are names constructed by combining elements of two, or occasionally more, other names.

Border portmanteaus[edit]

A common practice is to combine the names of states, provinces, or other polities to name a village or town near their common border.

Bodies of water[edit]

  • Lake Keomah, a man-made lake 4 miles east of Oskaloosa, Iowa named for the two counties that financed it, Keokuk and Mahaska.
  • Lake Koocanusa, a reservoir named for the river it dams (Kootenay River) and the countries whose border it straddles (Canada and United States).
  • Lake Mohawksin, Wisconsin — last syllables of the three rivers that flow into the lake: the Somo, the Tomahawk and the Wisconsin[19]
  • Lake Talquin, from Tallahassee and Quincy, Florida
  • Lake Texoma, a man-made lake on the Red River that divides Texas and Oklahoma
  • Lake Wissota, a large reservoir in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, combines Wisconsin and Minnesota.[19]
  • Veda Lake — lake in the Oregon Cascades, first stocked by Vern Roger and Dave Donaldson, who the lake was named after[18]

From personal names[edit]

Merged towns[edit]

Sometimes a portmanteau name is created from the names of two predecessor towns.

Other portmanteaus[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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