Town names can be a funny business. What is something serious to someone might be hilarious to another. In America, there are thousands of towns across the land that can be interpreted as something cheeky or funny.
We’ve examined maps of the United States and found some of the funniest town names from some states in the US. From Alabama to Wyoming, we’ve seen them all. Is your state home to a funny or surprising name? Let’s take a look…
Burnt Corn, Alabama
We love strange town names, and we also love food. So, it makes sense that we would absolutely love the name Burnt Corn, down in Alabama. Apparently, no one quite knows how the small town got its name. Some say it was from when settlers first arrived and immediately burnt some corn – although it’s unconfirmed.
Today, Burnt Corn has a modest population of around 300 people. If you ever find yourself down south, make sure to check it out (but maybe don’t eat anything!).
Contrary to what you might think, there’s nothing actually ‘anti’ Alaska when it comes to Unalaska and the origins of its name. In fact, it’s a lot more wholesome than where our imaginations take us! It all started with the native Unangan people, and what they called it.
Back in the day, these settlers called the town ‘Agunalaksh’, but over time spelling and pronunciation got streamlined after causing too much confusion. In the 1800s, they settled on the name ‘Unalaska’.
Because why not? It’s rumored that the two state roads, Route 85 and 86, formed a Y shape near the area. Hence, people called it ‘Y’ and the name eventually stuck around. But that’s not even the craziest part.
Even though everyone agreed to call it ‘Y’, Arizona state law says that town names must be at least three letters long. So, politicians put their heads together and changed the name from ‘Y’ to ‘Why’. And there we are!
Possum Grape, Arkansas
Ok, so this name isn’t as weird as it sounds. There are actually a kind of grape that’s native to the southeast United States, which is how this small town got its name. If you think it got its name from people fighting over a possum or a grape, well, you wouldn’t be wrong.
Today, Possum Grape is an unincorporated community in Jackson County. It officially received its name in 1954 after arguing over whether to call it ‘Possum’ or ‘Grape’. Both fine choices, if you ask us.
Why would someone name a town – or anything – Zzyzx? Well, it turns out it was for a very specific reason. Curtis Howe Springer was a radio evangelist who tried to trick people into buying fake medicines via his show. After buying a plot of land, he named it ‘Zzyzx’ so it would be ‘the last word in health’.
Well, the plan failed and eventually the Feds caught him. They threw him in jail for 49 but the name stayed. Now, you can visit Zzyzx for yourself.
No Name, Colorado
In almost a complete contrast to Arkansas, this town earned its name from no one choosing a single title for it! It dates all the way back to the creation of Interstate 70, and one constructor who had to name all the exits.
Over time, he ran out of information on where all the roads led to, so he marked one of the exits ‘No Name’. Over time, the name stuck and that’s what it is today. In fact, State Officials have tried to change the name but have been met with protests by the locals!
Happyland is technically a small community within a large town of Preston, Connecticut. No one is really sure how the region first got its name, but there are rumors running around. One, the area was actually the location of a failed theme park from a few hundred years ago.
Another theory is slightly different, but we will never know its true origins. Sadly, there is no welcome sign, so don’t expect a photo of you next to a sign of Happyland!
Little Heaven, Delaware
Well, if this place doesn’t think it’s God’s gift to the world, we don’t know where does! Little Heaven was the original name given by a farmer to a group of cabins in the 1870s.He had built the cabins for some of his workers who had emigrated from Ireland.
We wonder if they were ever in competition with a rival town called Little Hell? That would have caused quite a stir among Delaware citizens – just imagine the college game banter!
Burnt Store, Florida
This one is a little less inspiring than its Alabama counterpart. If Burnt Corn got its name from burning corn, then Burnt Store got its name from… oh boy. According to legend, the small town got its name from a store burnt down in 1849.
At the time of the event, the manager, George Payne, had meetings with some native Indians. Sadly, they all perished in the fire. It’s population stands at around 1,200 people and boasts a marina.
You might look at this Hawaiin town and think it has something to do with a three-line Japanese poem. Well, you’d be mistaken! It turns out that Haiku is actually an ancient Hawaiin name for a natural valley found within the town.
Well, it turns out people can fly into Hawaii and visit Haiku for themselves! It’s found on the island of Maui and is considered an unincorporated community. Its name means “talk abruptly” or “sharp break” in the Hawaiian language.
We wouldn’t blame you if you chuckled a bit when reading this town name. This small Illinois community was named for Colonel William H. Boody – head of the railroad industry. No, it wasn’t named after a body part!
Today, the Boody name has become somewhat of a legend. There’s a Boody Water Company and there was once a Boody High School. Can you imagine being an alum of Boody? This next Iowa name is both a question and command…
What Cheer, Iowa
Here’s an interesting story behind this name. Way back in 1864, Joseph Andrews was a store owner who wanted to create a post office. He was determined to name it What Cheer after hearing an English greeting that he liked.
Initially, it was met with opposition. A man named Peter Britton didn’t like the name and it was taken to the town hall. Well, Andrews won and here we are. There is now an Iowan town called What Cheer. Cheers!
Contrary to its name, Hippo doesn’t have any hippos in it! If you want to see how this Kentucky town got its name, then all you need to do is look at its residents. In the 20th century, there was a resident call Bee Madison ‘Hippo’ Craft.
You might think that ‘Hippo’ might be an unflattering name for a man. Well, it turns out it had nothing to do with his size or appearance. Hippo was simply a shortened version of ‘hypochondriac’.
Bald Head, Maine
Yes, we agree that the image of a bald head might be a strange name for a town. But, when you think about it, the country’s national bird is a bald eagle, so why not? It turns out that this Maine town is named after a cliff with the same name.
Now, the only question remains: how did the cliff get its name? We might not know that one right now, but we do know that Bald Head is a pretty innocent name for a town, considering its origins.
Who says these town names can’t be funny and hilarious? The town of Sandwich can be dated all the way back to 1639, making it the oldest town in the whole of Cape Cod. It got its name from the seaport of Sandwich in Kent, England.
This was when the two nations were still closely tied and trade was still occurring between the two continents. Weirdly, Sandwich isn’t most known for its sandwiches – it’s known for its glass…
What will all that Minnesota niceness, you wouldn’t expect anyone to get embarrassed! Maybe that’s why they felt they had to make up for it but naming an entire town over after it! In fact, this small, midwestern town got its name from the French word ‘embarras’, which means ‘a difficult situation’.
When French explorers first stepped foot in Embarrass, they had trouble getting their canoes down the river. Never ones to shy away from defeat, they named the region after their feeling – Embarass!
Don’t worry, literary fans! This town wasn’t named after the scientist who created the famous monster. The origins of this name can date all the way back to 1890, when Gottfried Franken donated land to the community in order to build a church.
As far as we know, there is no relation to the two Frankensteins. Today, it is technically an unincorporated community. This means that it is not governed by a local municipality. It is 20 km east of Jefferson City.
Much like previous towns, Hippo and Sandwich, the Nebraskan town of Worms has nothing to do with its name! We bet its citizens are happy to hear it – can you imagine how bad that town would be?
It is understood that the name Worms comes from the German city of the same name. We imagine the pronunciation would be a bit different: ‘vorms’. Worms is another incorporated community that technically sits in Merrick County, Nebraska. It only had a post office for five years, 120 years ago.
Potter Place, New Hampshire
This New Hampshire town has nothing to do with British wizard Harry Potter – but it’s still amusing to see! Potter Place was named after Richard Potter and is a small town in New Hampshire.
The name wouldn’t have drawn much attention to itself until the Harry Potter book series garnered worldwide fame. Interestingly, Richard Potter was a magician and showman. Spooky coincidence if you ask us… Would you like to visit this magic world in New Hampshire?
Pie Town, New Mexico
Finally, an American town actually named after something! And thank goodness it’s pie! Yes, Pie Town, found in New Mexico, was named after a local bakery that was known for its amazing pies. People kept unofficially calling it Pie Town, so they went and changed the name.
In fact, Pie town is even the official location of the state’s annual Pie Festival, including a pie-baking contest and pie-eating contest! Would you visit this small New Mexican town for a slice of the pie?
Whynot, North Carolina
Because why not? Unfortunately, this isn’t the sister city to the Arizonian town we saw earlier. When the English and German settlers first found this charming town, they were stuck in a debate about what to call it.
Apparently, one impatient settler simply shouted: “Why not name the town ‘Whynot’ and let’s go home?” It seems like it worked, and the name still stands today.
Pee Pee, Ohio
We can’t imagine what was on this man’s name when he named this Ohio town…. Only joking! The name actually gets its name from the first man who came across the land. The only problem? He marked the land using only his initials: P.P.
There are differing accounts on who the mysterious PP was. Some think it was Major Paul Paine, other claim it was Peter Patrick. Either way, Pee Pee will live on in infamy.
Hopefully, Boring didn’t get its name from disgruntled tourists who came to visit! In fact, the town was named after one of its first citizens, William Harrison Boring. Soon after the town opened, it became a known railroad town due to the timber in the surrounding areas.
Fast forward a few years and Boring’s great-grandson still lives there! The town has two sister towns: Dull in Scotland and Bland in Australia. According to Bob Boring, ‘there’s always something going on around here’.
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
The smallest state in the country has a town name that sounds like it’s straight out of a Dr. Seuss novel. There are a few theories as to how the town got its unique name, but it’s most likely from the Nipmuc tribe.
Apparently, people can’t even agree on what Woonsocket means. Anything from “thunder mist/waterfall,” “fox country,” or “at the fork of the river” have been suggested. The correct pronunciation is ‘one-SOCK-it’, which isn’t as fun to say as you would think.
Red Shirt, South Dakota
Red Shirt got its name from Chief Red Shirt from the Oglala Sioux tribe. According to sources, he reportedly became a US Army Native Scout, hence why they named a town after him. Compared to the other town names in our list, we don’t think Red Shirt is that weird!
The South Dakotan unincorporated village rests outside Badlands National Park, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. As of 2009, Red Shirt had 23 homes in two different clusters, as well as a school with internet.
This sounds like something straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon! Looneyville, Texas, was established during the American Civil War and was named after John Looney. He had a store there in the 1870s, but the town was not rewarded with the popularity it was expected to earn.
After the war, the population dwindled and now there are only around 40 people who live there. In 1960, its only school closed, and its last store accidentally burnt down in the 1990s.
We don’t even want to THINK about how this town got its name – it sounds terrifying. Mosquitoville is, in fact, a small community within the town of Bernet, Vermont. Barnet itself has a population of 1,700 people, so you can imagine how small Mosquitoville is.
Technically, Mosquitoville is a ‘minor civil division (MCD)’ of Caledonia county. While the county has airports, hospitals, and churches, they are mainly a drive away from Mosquitoville. Would you visit this place?
Humptulips actually has nothing to do with tulips or, you know, the other thing. As of the 2010 census, the population of the CDP (census-designated place) was a modest 255. Let’s hope you don’t have any secrets, because the whole town will know them quick enough!
The name Humptulips comes from a word in Native American, translated to “hard to pole.” THis implies that the indians often had difficulty poling their canoes up the river in the region.
Is there a sadder town name on our list than Imalone? The story, naturally, relies on someone being alone. Let’s meet the ‘town’s’ founder, Snowball Anderson. One day, he left his home to take care of a man in the town next door. When he was asked for a town for someone to send him an invoice, he replied, ‘I’m alone.’
Well, the invoicer wrote down ‘Imalone’ and the rest is history. Today, the unincorporated community is located in the towns of Atlanta and Murry in Rusk County, Wisconsin.