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City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« on: January 14, 2019, 12:01:00 PM »

The opposite thread to the ambiguous city/town name thread.

What are some city/town names that occur once, and only once - no doubles anywhere on the planet?
So even if you mentioned said city/town to a stranger, they could look it up and know exactly what you were talking about.

Skaneateles, NY
Irondequoit, NY
Canandaigua, NY

I believe everything else in my area is either generic, recurring, or named after someone or something else.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2019, 12:11:20 PM »

All in MA, near me:

Dracut
Billerica
North Reading
North Andover
Swampscott
West Newbury
Nahant
Boxborough
Framingham
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2019, 12:30:34 PM »

North Reading
North Andover

I wouldn't really count those since Reading and Andover are so common.
But the rest definitely qualify!
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2019, 12:48:22 PM »

I would have thought that my hometown of Beattyville was the only one in the world. But years ago, I found a Beattyville shown in the Rand McNally atlas in Quebec. It hasn't been shown in years. Apparently it was an old logging town that no longer exists.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 12:49:11 PM »

Truth or Consequences, NM
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 12:58:52 PM »

North Reading
North Andover

I wouldn't really count those since Reading and Andover are so common.
But the rest definitely qualify!

There's a West Newbury, Vermont so that one is at least not unique.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 01:20:23 PM »

Illinois
Normal
Naperville
Herrin
Machesney Park
Crest Hill
Romeoville
Bolingbrook
Des Plaines
Winnetka
Streator

Rare Names, but not totally unique:
Joliet (also Joliette - Texas, Montana, North Dakota, & Quebec)
Schaumburg (there's one in Germany)
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 01:24:32 PM »

Illinois
Normal
Herrin
Winnetka

Normal is a word, so there's no way it can only refer to the city.
Herrin: one exists in France, and it's also a last name.
Winnetka: Neighborhood in Los Angeles.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 01:27:55 PM »

Illinois
Normal
Herrin
Winnetka

Normal is a word, so there's no way it can only refer to the city.
Herrin: one exists in France, and it's also a last name.
Winnetka: Neighborhood in Los Angeles.

1. There's only one incorporated "Normal" around.
2. Herrin in France is more like a township than a town, but I'll grant you that.
3. Neighborhoods don't count.  These are at the municipal level if I read the OP correctly.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 01:40:48 PM »

There’s actually a Napierville in Quebec, believe it or not.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2019, 01:43:42 PM »

There’s actually a Napierville in Quebec, believe it or not.

But not spelled the same, nor related in way, shape, or form.  Nor even pronounced the same (English versus French).
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2019, 01:56:02 PM »

a few in Ohio:

Put-in-Bay
Uhrichsville
Tipp City
Blanchester
Zaleski
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2019, 02:05:25 PM »

Front Royal, VA
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2019, 02:22:20 PM »

Anything place name derived from Native American words stands a good chance of being unique.

For example, I think about all the "wau's" here in Wisconsin.
Waukesha
Wautoma
Wausau
Wausaukee
Waunakee
Waubesa
Waupun

One isn't going to find those in other places.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2019, 02:52:08 PM »

Illinois
Normal
Naperville
Herrin
Machesney Park
Crest Hill
Romeoville
Bolingbrook
Des Plaines
Winnetka
Streator

Rare Names, but not totally unique:
Joliet (also Joliette - Texas, Montana, North Dakota, & Quebec)
Schaumburg (there's one in Germany)

I'll throw Skokie and Wauconda IL
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2019, 03:10:42 PM »

Is there another Green Bay in existence?  (I am aware of an 'Appleton, MN', though.)

Other larger city names in Wisconsin that exist in other states include Oshkosh (NE), Madison (several), Watertown (several), Fond du Lac (MN).
OTOH, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Eau Claire, Racine, Kenosha, Janesville, Beloit, Marinette, Menasha, Neenah, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, De Pere, and Ashwaubenon are unique.  (Yes, there is a 'Milwaukie, OR' and a 'Cheboygan, MI', but their spellings are different).

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2019, 03:22:01 PM »

My gut tells me Fucking, Austria, is unique. Wank, Germany, probably is as well.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2019, 03:22:10 PM »

Is there another Green Bay in existence? 

Unincorporated, yes.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 03:45:09 PM »

Is there another Green Bay in existence? 

Unincorporated, yes.
such as in Virginia.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2019, 03:55:20 PM »

In Utah, any of the Mormon-derived names, like
Lehi
Nephi
Manti
Moroni
Deseret

As well as a few names from various Native American languages:
Parowan
Paragonah
Panguitch
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2019, 04:43:05 PM »

Swayzee, IN, or so they claim.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2019, 05:12:19 PM »

There’s actually a Napierville in Quebec, believe it or not.

But not spelled the same, nor related in way, shape, or form.  Nor even pronounced the same (English versus French).

One time David Letterman had a science teacher on his show from Illinois, and he pronounced the town NapIerville.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2019, 05:16:21 PM »

Zilwaukee, Michigan which was purposely named that so people would confuse it with Milwaukee, Wisconsin in hopes of luring people there to work.

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2019, 05:23:38 PM »

Some that I'm familiar with:

Ninety Six, SC
Honea Path, SC
Six Mile, SC
Walhalla, SC
Clemson, SC
Olathe, KS
Tonganoxie, KS
Basehor, KS
Peculiar, MO
Tightwad, MO
Auxvasse, MO
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2019, 06:19:17 PM »

Zilwaukee, Michigan which was purposely named that so people would confuse it with Milwaukee, Wisconsin in hopes of luring people there to work.

Tell me it didn't work.



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