Top 5 Longest Place Names in the World

By on May 23, 2013
Place Names

In the USA and in other parts of the western world – like the UK, Europe and Australia – place names are usually of a normal length. The longest place names in the US, for example, are mostly hyphenated or multi-word names. They include places like Winchester-on-the-Severn (in Maryland) or Pops Hammock Seminole Village in Florida. The top 5 longest place names in the world are nothing like those, however. One place in the USA even makes the list. These are all one word place names, and are the longest in the world.


1. Taumatawhakatangi hangakoauauotamateaturi pukakapikimaungahoronu kupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

Place Names 1

Don’t worry, you do not need to count – there are 85 letters in this place name. It is a hill in New Zealand and it is a Maori word. It is usually shortened to Taumata and it has a meaning. You will need to take a deep breath for this as well. It means: “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who traveled about, played his nose-flute to his loved one.”


2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndro bwllllantysiliogogogoch

Place Names 2

This is a village on the Welsh island of Anglesey. Welsh words are often very long, but this place name is one of the longest at 51 letters. It is usually shortened to Llanfair PG.


3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagogg chaubunagungamaugg

Place Names 3

This is the full name of Lake Chaubunagungamaug which is also known as Webster Lake. It is located in Massachusetts in the US. The language is Nipmuc, spoken by the indigenous people of the area. The full name has 45 letters. It means: “Fishing place at the boundaries – neutral meeting grounds


4. Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä

Place Names 4

This 35 letter name is a bog region in the Lapland area of Finland.


5. Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik

Place Names 5

This place is a lake in the Canadian province Manitoba. It is from the Native American language Cree. The word has 31 letters and the name means: “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks”.

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