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Author Topic: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind  (Read 6656 times)

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #100 on: April 02, 2019, 02:28:00 PM »

Another big no for this thread. Houma, Louisiana isn't unique, as there is the county-level city of 侯马 (Hóumǎ) in Shanxi, China.

I don't think that counts.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #101 on: April 02, 2019, 02:29:20 PM »

Another big no for this thread. Houma, Louisiana isn't unique, as there is the county-level city of 侯马 (Hóumǎ) in Shanxi, China.

I don't think that counts.

It should. A city named Beijing in the US wouldn't count because of the one in China, even though it's also transliterated.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #102 on: April 02, 2019, 02:32:23 PM »

Another big no for this thread. Houma, Louisiana isn't unique, as there is the county-level city of 侯马 (Hóumǎ) in Shanxi, China.
I don't think that counts.
It should. A city named Beijing in the US wouldn't count because of the one in China, even though it's also transliterated.

Sure, but that's because a hypothetical Beijing in the US is likely named for the Chinese city.

Houma, LA was named for the natives who formerly lived there. Vastly different etymology from whatever the Chinese city is named after.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #103 on: April 02, 2019, 02:47:57 PM »

Another big no for this thread. Houma, Louisiana isn't unique, as there is the county-level city of 侯马 (Hóumǎ) in Shanxi, China.
I don't think that counts.
It should. A city named Beijing in the US wouldn't count because of the one in China, even though it's also transliterated.

Sure, but that's because a hypothetical Beijing in the US is likely named for the Chinese city.

Houma, LA was named for the natives who formerly lived there. Vastly different etymology from whatever the Chinese city is named after.

So, then, what about towns named Clinton that aren't named after the same person?
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #104 on: April 02, 2019, 04:22:32 PM »

So, then, what about towns named Clinton that aren't named after the same person?

The name "Clinton" likely has the same origin/etymology between two different people with that same last name, even if they're not related. I would count that as the same.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #105 on: April 02, 2019, 08:01:25 PM »

Another big no for this thread. Houma, Louisiana isn't unique, as there is the county-level city of 侯马 (Hóumǎ) in Shanxi, China.
  Houma I almost moved there.  Great city not too much development and far enough away from NOLA to want to go to the big city without a lengthy drive.

If my friend did not wiggle out of a deal he made with someone and meet a conman in the process I would have helped him build a community there.  I liked the people there and though not one of a kind name a one of a kind type of city.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #106 on: April 03, 2019, 01:42:35 AM »

Houma, Shanxi has 290,000 people

Houma, Louisana has...34,000.

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #107 on: April 03, 2019, 01:29:38 PM »

Cal-Nev-Ari, NV
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #108 on: April 20, 2020, 11:36:42 AM »


For some others from those threads, which I've visited:

Asbestos, Quebec


Spelled "Asbestos" maybe, but there is Shimian (石棉) county in Sichuan, China, which translates to "Asbestos".

Tom Scott did a segment on Asbestos, Quebec due to the history of mining in that area.


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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #109 on: April 20, 2020, 04:27:14 PM »

Indiana (almost certainly one-of-a-kinds)
Nappanee
Oolitic
Gnaw Bone

Don't forget East Oolitic.

Question: would Texarkana, TX/AR and Kansas City, KS/MO be considered one city or two for the purposes of this thread?
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #110 on: April 21, 2020, 05:12:24 AM »

This one is a challenge for Iowa, if native American names don't count. The one that definitely fits is Le Mars. I suspect Dubuque and Bettendorf are unique.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #111 on: April 22, 2020, 12:03:32 AM »

A few I can think of off the top of my head:

Bad Axe, MI
Frankenmuth, MI
Pinconning, MI
Pigeon Forge, TN
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #112 on: April 22, 2020, 12:10:46 AM »

Elizabeth City, NC
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Kitty Hawk, NC
Virginia Beach, VA
Myrtle Beach, SC
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #113 on: April 22, 2020, 01:19:59 AM »

Elizabeth City, NC

This seems like a cop-out. There's a lot of cities named "Elizabeth".
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #114 on: April 22, 2020, 01:33:27 AM »

Elizabeth City, NC

This seems like a cop-out. There's a lot of cities named "Elizabeth".
Yes, but not “Elizabeth City”.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #115 on: April 22, 2020, 03:15:15 AM »

Elizabeth City, NC

This seems like a cop-out. There's a lot of cities named "Elizabeth".
Yes, but not “Elizabeth City”.

So adding "City" makes it one-of-a-kind? I guess it gets in on a technicality**, but I feel like it misses the spirit of the thread.

Then again, I ain't the OP. Just my opinion.

** There was an Elizabeth City in the Virginia Colony
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #116 on: April 22, 2020, 08:03:46 AM »

** There was an Elizabeth City in the Virginia Colony
This is where the name comes from. Used to be where Hampton is today.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #117 on: April 22, 2020, 11:03:39 AM »

Powers sounds like a plebian name but it is the only city of Powers I could find with a web search.  Their high school is called the Cruisers, which is about timber cruising, not car cruising or naval warships.

Powers, Michigan, a village in the UP.

Is a village in Michigan incorporated or unincorporated?  Powers in Oregon is an incorporated city.  The police department is one man, the chief.  Recently he was set upon by some who wished to do him harm and the citizenry came to his rescue.  It sounds like something from the Wild West but that ~is~ the ethos of Powers, an isolated logging town in the Coast Range.

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Powers is incorporated. Fun fact about the Michigan Powers: Their high school (the North Central Jets) won three state titles in a row in boys basketball from 2015 to 2017, winning 84 consecutive games along the way
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #118 on: April 23, 2020, 02:27:59 AM »

** There was an Elizabeth City in the Virginia Colony
This is where the name comes from. Used to be where Hampton is today.

This website seems to indicate that Elizabeth City was named after either Queen Elizabeth or Elizabeth Tooley, the latter being more likely as that was the name of a woman who owned a large chunk of the land where the city is today. It could have been named after Queen Elizabeth, but that would simply mean that both the colonial city, as well as the city in North Carolina, had the same eponym.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #119 on: April 23, 2020, 07:04:21 AM »

Statesboro, GA is the only Statesboro in existence.

Other possible one-of-a-kind places that I can think of:
Hohenwald, TN
Tullahoma, TN
Vonore, TN
Sneedville, TN
Alcoa, TN

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #120 on: April 26, 2020, 03:00:50 PM »

Michigan in addition to Zilwaukee

Kalamazoo
Oshtemo
Otsego
Novi
Muskegon
Makatawa
Dowagiac
Allegan
Saugatuck
Hesperia
Newaygo
Onekama
Mackinac/Mackinaw
Tawas
Alpena
Escanaba
Cheboygan
Ontonagon
Petoskey
Charlevoix (or is there one in France?)
Epoufette
Naubinway
Brevort
Brimley
Munising
Manistee
Manistique
Ishpeming
Negaunee
Michigamme
Watersmeet
Copper Harbor

and Hell MI.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #121 on: April 26, 2020, 03:02:07 PM »

and Hell MI.

There's one in Norway.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #122 on: April 27, 2020, 11:34:28 PM »

Let’s see... New Jersey.

My birth town, Hoboken.
Piscataway (it’s an unincorporated place in Maryland, so doesn’t count against the Jersey one).
Parsippany
Hackensack
Paramus
Barnegat
Oradell
Shamong
Hi-Nella

And of course, Ho-Ho-Kus.
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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #123 on: April 28, 2020, 01:20:41 AM »

A few in NEPA:
  • Brodheadsville
  • Kunkletown
  • Blakeslee
  • Jim Thorpe
  • Lehighton
  • Stroudsburg
  • Effort
  • Dunmore
  • Throop
  • Moosic
  • Olyphant

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Re: City/Town Names that are one-of-a-kind
« Reply #124 on: April 29, 2020, 02:21:37 AM »

Niceville, Ebro, Kissimmee, Gulf Breeze & DeFuniak Springs, FL
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