The Longest Place Names in the English Language.
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The Longest Place Names in the English Language.

A list of locations around the world having the longest place names. Some having a single word, others multiple or hyphenated words, and where known their meanings.

The names of various locations around the world with the longest names and where known their meanings.

1.Taumatawhakatangihangakoauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu.

This word for a hill in New Zealand has been officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest place name with 85 letters. It also has a shortened version of just 57 letters and its translation from the Maori language means ‘The hill of the flute playing by Tamatea. He was blown from afar, grazed his knees climbing the mountains, fell back to earth, encircled the land, all this for his beloved.’

2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllogoerychwyrndrobwllllanantsiliogogogoch.

The longest place name in the United Kingdom, this village is on the island of Anglesey in North Wales and contains 58 letters. This is thought to be an invented name and first developed in the 19th century. The only location in the village where the name is written in full is at the railway station. It is often called by its shorter versions of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll or Llanfair PG. In the Welsh language it means ‘St. Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel, near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave.’

3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

This is the 45 letter name of a lake in Webster, Massachusetts in the USA. The lake is usually referred to as Lake Webster and has two known meanings. The first being- ‘Fishing place at the boundaries- neutral meeting grounds.’ Its second meaning is ‘You fish your side of the water, I fish my side and nobody fishes in the middle.’

4. Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik.

This 31 letter word is the name for another lake, this one in Canada and is located in both Manitoba and Nunavut.

5. Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill.

This hill in Australia is just 26 letters long and its translation means ‘Where the devil urinates.’

6. Muckanaghederdauhaulia.

This place consisting of just 22 letters is in Ireland and in the Gaelic language it is known as Muicenach Idir Dha Shaile and simply means ‘Pig marsh between two salt water inlets’ and it is located in County Galway.

7. Newtownmountkennedy.

Also in Ireland, this one is to the South of Dublin in County Wicklow and has 19 letters.

8. Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

This is the longest place name in the world with more than one word in its title, it is its ceremonial name and is the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok.

9. Dysart Dudley Harcourt Guildford Harburn Bruton Havelock Eyre and Clyde.

This ten word combination in Ontario, Canada is another contributor to having a multiple word title.

10. Winchester-On-The-Severn, Maryland. Washington-On-The-Brazos, Texas.

These two locations both in the USA tie with 21 letters each in that they are both the longest place names using hyphenated words.

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Comments (10)

wow, number 1 (I won't try to rewrite it!) is incredibly long. Very interesting article John.

Lol, I've heard of number one but the rest are new to me :)

I did not realize that people would do that. This is an interesting (yet odd) article, and I wonder how many people use the entire names when referring to those places. Thumbs up, voting up.

The third one about fishing on your side and me on mine is my favorite. Great article! :)

A refreshing , funny and entertaining work. Do keep up the good work. One thing i wudnt dream of: trying to pronounce these names!

Fascinating read, which I was entertained while here. Voted up!

I'm making a point never to visit any of these so a) I won't have to spell them and b) I won't have to pronounce them. Great write up!

I wanted something light to read so I returned here to read this once more. Enjoyed still! Thank you.

Very interesting article

Wow, they are mouthfuls!

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