List of long place names

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This is a list of long place names.

Single-word names[edit]

25 letters or more[edit]

Location Language Translation
Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu (85 letters); Short form: Taumata
North Island, New Zealand. Māori "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".
Note: Listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest official place name in the world.
Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch (58 letters); Short forms: Llanfair PG, Llanfairpwll, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
Isle of Anglesey, Wales Welsh "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave".
Note: The longest official one-word place name in Europe. Until Brexit on 31 January 2020 it was also the longest in European Union; that title is now held by Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä in Finland.
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (45 letters); Short forms: Lake Chaubunagungamaug;[1] Webster Lake
Lake in Webster, Massachusetts, USA Nipmuc "Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds".[2]
Believed to be the longest official one-word place name in the United States.
Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein (44 letters)
A farm in the North West province of South Africa Afrikaans. "Shot-two-buffaloes-totally-dead-with-one-shot spring".

Notes: The longest one-word place name in Africa. Located near the place "Putfontein" (pit spring).[3][4][5][6]

Name No. Location Language Translation
Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä 35 Lapland, Finland Finnish
(northern dialect)
Unknown etymology, probably gibberish (see entry for more).
Notes: The longest official one-word place name in Finland, the third-longest (including names with spaces or hyphens) in Europe and since 2020 the longest official place name in European Union (before Brexit this record was held by Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch).
Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik 31 Lake in Manitoba, Canada Cree "Where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks".
Note: The longest official one-word placename in Canada.[7]
Andorijidoridaraemihansumbau 28 Street in Bukpyeong-myeon, Jeongseon County, Gangwon Province, South Korea Korean Hangul: 안돌이지돌이다래미한숨바우
"A road so rocky and rough that even squirrels can't breathe enough."
Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta 28 Village in Andhra Pradesh, India Telugu Telugu: వెంకటనరసింహరాజువారిపేట

"Venkatanarasimharaju's city".
Note: The longest one-word placename in India.

Bovenendvankeelafsnysleegte 27 A farm in the Upper Karoo in South Africa. Afrikaans "Upper end of throat-cut valley" ("hollow" may be more accurate than "valley").
Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya 26 A hill in South Australia, Australia Pitjantjatjara "Where the devil urinates".
Note: The longest official one-word placename in Australia.[8]
Schmedeswurtherwesterdeich 26 A hamlet outside the village of Schmedeswurth, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany German "West levee of the smith's hill-village".
Wereldtentoonstellingslaan 26 Avenue in Ganshoren, Brussels, Belgium Dutch "World Fair Avenue"
Named after Brussels World Fair of 1958.
Haaldersbroekerdwarsstraat 26 A street in Zaandam, Netherlands Dutch "Cross street in Haalderbroek".[9]
Bullaunancheathrairaluinn 25 A bullaun in County Galway, Ireland. Anglicisation of Irish Irish: Ballán an Cheathrair Álainn.[10]
"Bullaun of the Four Beauties".
Believed to be the longest official one-word Irish-derived placename in Ireland.[10]
Noordhollandschkanaaldijk 25 A dike in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Dutch "North Holland canal dike".[9]
Blindeliedengasthuissteeg 25 An alley in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Dutch "Blind craftsmen guesthouse alley".[9]
Reijmerstokkerdorpsstraat 25 A street in Reijmerstok, Netherlands. Dutch "Reijmerstok town road".[9]
Gasselterboerveenschemond 25 A hamlet in Drenthe, Netherlands. Dutch "Delta of Gasselt's (surname) farmer's bog".
Note: The longest official one-word place name in the Netherlands.

20-24 letters[edit]

Name No. Location Language Translation
Gasselternijveenschemond 24 Hamlet in Drenthe, Netherlands Dutch "Delta of Gasselt's (surname) new bog".
Nederokkerzeelsesteenweg 24 Street in Kortenberg municipality, Belgium Dutch Nederokkerzeel road
Schuiferskapelsesteenweg 24 Street in Tielt municipality, Belgium Dutch Schuiferskapelle road.
Nyugotifelsőszombatfalva 24 Part of the village of Sâmbăta de Sus in Brașov county, Romania Hungarian "Western upper Saturday village"
This name is no longer officially used as the settlement became part of the village Sâmbăta de Sus (or Felsőszombatfalva in Hungarian).[11]
Staronizhestebliyevskaya (24 A stanitsa in Krasnodar Krai, Russia Russian "The old settlement named after Nizhne-Stebliyevskiy kurin (of Zaporizhian Sich)"
The name of the kurin means "the lower one named after Stebliv".
In Cyrillic alphabet: Старонижестеблиевская (21 letters).
Verkhnenovokutlumbetyevo 24 Village in Orenburg Oblast, Russia Russian The upper new settlement named after Kutlumbet (a Turkic male personal name).
In Cyrillic alphabet: Верхненовокутлумбетьево (23 letters and yers).
Believed to be the longest one-word name of a settlement in Russia.[12]
Onafhankelijkheidsplein[13][14] 23 A central square in Paramaribo, Suriname Dutch "Independence Square".
Kvernbergsundsødegården[15] 23 Ringerike, Buskerud, Norway Norwegian "The Deserted Farm of The Mill Mountain Strait".
Narasimhanaickenpalayam 23 Village near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Tamil Named after Lord Narsimha (Lord Vishnu); a temple is in Narasimhanaickenpalayam.
Gotthelffriedrichsgrund [de] 23 Mittelsachsen, Germany German

Translation: "Gotthelf Friedrich's ground".[16]

Nizhnenovokutlumbetyevo 23 Village in Matveyevsky District, Orenburg Oblast, Russia Russian "The lower new settlement named after Kutlumbet (a Turkic male personal name)"
In Cyrillic alphabet: Нижненовокутлумбетьево (22 letters and yers)
Nunathloogagamiutbingoi 23 A beach on the coast of Nunivak Island in Bethel Census Area, Alaska. Nunivak Cup'ig.
Svalbarðsstrandarhreppur 23 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic "Cool Edge's Shore's Municipality".
Seyðisfjarðarkaupstaður 23 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic Seyðisfjörður municipality
Bolungarvíkurkaupstaður 23 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic Named after Þuríður[clarification needed], the affix means a municipality.
Hafnarfjarðarkaupstaður 23 Municipality in Iceland. Icelandic "Harbor fjord municipality".
Yamagawahamachiyogamizu 23 Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan Japanese "Beach of the children's water in the mountains and river region" (located near Yamagawaokachiyogamizu).
In Japanese characters (hiragana): やまがわはまちよがみず (11 kana).
In Chinese characters (kanji): 山川浜児ヶ水 (6 kanji).
Harinxmakanaalspoorbrug 23 Leeuwarden, Netherlands Dutch "Railway bridge over the Van Harinxmakanaal".[17]
Vilgiskoddeoayvinyarvi 22 Murmansk, Russia Saami Translation: "Lake by the mountain of the great white reindeer" or "Lake under wolf mountain".[18]
In Cyrillic alphabet: Вильгискоддеоайвинъярви­ (24 letters).
Koopvaardersschutsluis 22 A lock in Den Helder, Netherlands Dutch "Merchant lock with gates".[19]
Westerkanaalschutsluis 22 Leeuwarden, Netherlands Dutch "Lock with gates over the Westerkanaal".[17]
Kuchistiniwamiskahikan 22 Island in Quebec, Canada. Cree The island where boats entering the bay.[20]
Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Quebec.[7]
Parangaricutirimicuaro 22 City in Michoacán, Mexico Purépecha The word itself is a kind of tongue-twister, similar to the English "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
Notes: The longest placename in Mexico. The village, now known as Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, is also called San Juan, Nuevo San Juan, and Parangaricutiro.
Drehideenglashanatooha[citation needed] 22 Bridge in County Tipperary, Ireland Anglicisation of Irish Droichidín Glaise na Tuaithe, "Little Bridge of the Tribe's Green".
Muckanaghederdauhaulia 22 Townland in Kilcummin, County Galway, Ireland Anglicisation of Irish Muiceanach idir Dhá Sháile, Piggery between two briny places"
Formerly regarded as the longest placename (spelled in English) in Ireland (22 letters), it has been superseded by awareness of longer names.
Gijzelbrechtegemstraat 22 Street in Gijzelbrechtegem , Anzegem municipality, Belgium Dutch Gijzelbrechtegem street.
Yamagawaokachiyogamizu 22 Ibusuki, Kagoshima, Japan Japanese "Hill of the children's water in the mountains and river region" (located near Yamagawahamachiyogamizu).
In Japanese characters (hiragana): やまがわおかちよがみず (11 kana).
In Chinese characters (kanji): 山川岡児ヶ水 (6 kanji).
Schoonslaapsterstraat 21 Street in Brussels, Belgium Dutch Sleeping Beauty Street
French: rue de la Belle-au-Bois-Dormant
Gschlachtenbretzingen [de] 21 Suburb of Michelbach an der Bilz, Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Swabian German "fertile Bretzingen" (as opposed to neighbouring Rauhenbretzingen, "rough Bretzingen").
Note: The contraction of the "ge-" prefix to "g-" is a feature of Swabian. The name is therefore occasionally written in standard German as "Geschlachtenbretzingen" (22 letters).[16]
Saaranpaskantamasaari 21 Small uninhabited island in Lake Onkamojärvi in northeastern Finland Finnish "An island shat by Saara".
Nemesboldogasszonyfa 20 Part of Alsópáhok, a village in Zala County, Hungary Hungarian "Village of the noble blessed virgin".
Eexterveenschekanaal 20 Village in Aa en Hunze municipality, Drenthe, Netherlands Dutch "Channel through the peat of Eext".
Jászfelsőszentgyörgy 20 Village in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Hungary Hungarian "Upper St. George in Jászság".
Siemieniakowszczyzna 20 Village in Hajnówka County, Poland Polish "Ground of Siemieniak" (lit. "Siemieniakishness").
Tissvassklumptjønnin 20 Lierne, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. Norwegian "The Slow Freezing Water's Lump Ponds" ("Klump" here means "mountain").
Vanhankaupunginselkä 20 Finland Finnish "Old City Bay".
Mittelschaeffolsheim 20 Small village in Alsace, France Alsatian "In the middle of Schaeffol's hamlet".
Niederschaeffolsheim 20 Small village in Alsace, France. Alsatian "Under Schaeffol's hamlet".
Oostrozebeeksestraat 20 Street between Hulste and Oostrozebeke , Belgium Dutch Oostrozebeke street
Tálknafjarðarhreppur 20 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic "Tálknafjörður's shire".
Schaffhauserrheinweg 20 Street in Basel, Switzerland German. "Schaffhauser Rhine road".[21]
The street sign at Hulste

12–19 letters[edit]

Name No. Location Language Translation
Vopnafjarðarhreppur 19 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic "Weapon Fjord Municipality"
Annerveenschekanaal 19 Village in Aa en Hunze municipality, Drenthe, Netherlands. Dutch "Channel through the peat of Annen"
Cadibarrawirracanna 19 Lake in South Australia, Australia. Arabana "The stars were dancing”.
Newtownmountkennedy 19 Village in County Wicklow, Ireland. English "A new town near Mt. Kennedy".
Note: the longest official one-word English-derived placename in Ireland.
Cottonshopeburnfoot 19 Hamlet in Northumberland, England. English "The end of the Cottonshope Burn" (a tributary that flows into the River Rede).
Nyugotszenterzsébet 19 Small village in Baranya, Hungary. Hungarian "Western St. Elizabeth".
Balatonszentgyörgy 19 Village in Somogy County, Hungary. Hungarian "St. George by Balaton".
Kirkjubæjarklaustur 19 Village in the Skaftárhreppur municipality, Iceland. Icelandic "Church farm monastery".
Jászalsószentgyörgy 19 Village in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, Hungary Hungarian "Lower St. George in Jászság"
Krammerjachtensluis 19 A lock on the Grevelingenmeer, Netherlands Dutch "Lock on the river Krammer of the hunt".[22]
Staromikhaylovskoye 19 Village in Kaluga Oblast, Russia. Russian
Hrunamannahreppur 19 Municipality in Iceland. Icelandic Warm geyser municipality.
Kwigiumpainukamiut 18 Ghost town in Bethel Census Area, Alaska, United States. Yupik.
Kristiinankaupunki 18 Town on the western coast of Finland. Finnish "Christina's Town" (refers to Queen Christina of Sweden).
Oberschaeffolsheim 18 Small village in Alsace, France. Alsatian. "Over Schaeffol's helmet".
Obuladevaracheruvu 18 Village in Kadiri revenue division, Anantapuramu district, Andhra Pradesh, India. Telugu
Pietramontecorvino 18 Town in Apulia, Italy Italian Stone of the Corvino mountain
Thiruvananthapuram 18 Capital city of Kerala, India Malayalam.[citation needed] "City of Lord Anantha".[23]
Breuschwickersheim 18 Village in Alsace, France Alsatian "Home of the vicar (living next to the) Bruche (river)".
Rhosllannerchrugog 18 Village in Wrexham County Borough, Wales. Welsh. "Moor of the Heathery Glade".
Often spelt with one N, following the original Welsh, but this spelling is in common use too.
The name includes 3 Welsh digraphs, so in Welsh it is only 15 letters long.
Prachaksinlapakhom 18 District (Amphoe) in Udon Thani Province, Thailand. Thai. Named after Prince Prachaksinlapakhom, son of King Mongkut of Siam.
Tauberbischofsheim 18 City in Baden-Württemberg, Germany German "Home of the bishop (by the) Tauber (river)".
Kaldrananeshreppur 18 Municipality in Iceland. Icelandic Possibly "Cold rune shire".
Blagoveshchenskoye 18 Several places in Russia and one in Kazakhstan Russian Small city of good news
Novokonstantinovka 18 Town in Bashkortostan, Russia. Language: Russian. In Cyrillic: Новоконстантиновка.
Translation: Unknown.
Kurundugahahetekma 18 Galle district, Sri Lanka. Language: Sinhala. "First mile post that has a cinnamon tree".
Andoharanomaintso 17 Town in Madagascar Malagasy "The place of green springs"
Civitacampomarano 17 Village in Molise, Italy. Italian "Village of Marano field".
Georgsmarienhütte 17 Town near Osnabrück, Germany. German The town where King Georg of Hannover and his wife Marie built a steelwork.
Kleinfeltersville 17 Unincorporated community in Heidelberg Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
Mooselookmeguntic 17 Populated place in Franklin County, Maine, United States. Abenaki. "Moose feeding place".
Hrunamannahreppur 17 Municipality in Iceland Icelandic "Warm geyser municipality".
Jazgarzewszczyzna 17 Village in Poland. Polish "Jazgarzewski's estate".
Kirchheimbolanden 17 Town in Germany German Translation: Unknown, but it includes phrases like "church" and "home".
Papahānaumokuākea 17 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, USA Hawaiian. Translation: unknown.
World's largest protected area (2016)
Qeqertarsuatsiaat 17 Sermersooq, Greenland West Greenlandic "Almost big island".
Skummeslövsstrand 17 Halland, Sweden Swedish "The inherited lot of the scutsman", where scutsman comes from an old word for either taxman or hunter.[24][page needed]
Eggewaartskapelle 17 Location: a town in Veurne municipality, Belgium. Dutch "Eggewaart's chapel".
Tytsjerksteradiel 17 Municipality in the province of Friesland, Netherlands. West Frisian. Named after the town of Tytsjerk, which in turn has its name derived from a person named Tiete.
Starokostiantyniv 17 Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine Ukrainian Translation: "Old Constantine's town".
In Cyrillic: Старокостянтинів.
Bolshezingereyevo 17 Rural locality in Bashkortostan, Russia Russian Translation: Unknown.
In Cyrillic: Большезингереево.
Ateqanngitsorsuaq 17 Island in the Upernavik Archipelago in Greenland. Greenlandic Translation: Unknown.
Stokeinteignhead 16 Village in Devon, England. English. Small hamlet in the ten hides (Stoke is Anglo Saxon for village; Hide is an Anglo Saxon land unit). Later ten hides was corrupted to Teign - the name of a nearby river.[dubious ]
Combeinteignhead 16 Village in Devon, England English
Doddiscombsleigh 16 Village in Devon, England English
Woolfardisworthy 16 Village in Devon, England. English
Moretonhampstead 16 Town in Devon, England. English
Barrancabermeja 15 City in Colombia. Spanish
Liechtenstein 13 Small country in Europe. Longest single name country in the world. Various languages
Villavicencio 13 City in Colombia
Afyonkarahisar, shortly "Afyon" ]] 14 A province of Turkey located in Central Anatolia/Aegean Region
Turkmenistan 12 A landlocked country in Central Asia. After Liechtenstein, Turkmenistan is the second longest single name country in the world. Various languages
Barranquilla 12 City in Colombia. Spanish
Cundinamarca 12 Department of Colombia.

Names with spaces or hyphens[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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