Living here in Wales I am used to seeing towns and villages with strange and unusually long names. But these ten places you are about to see are nothing short of stories that take longer to say than to drive through…
The Top 10 Longest Placenames in the World
10 – Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya, Australia (26 letters)
Wiki Info: This place is a hill in South Australia. The name means “where the devil urinates” in the regional Pitjantjatjara language. The name is the longest official place name in Australia and the hill is located approximately 108.8 km west north-west of Marla
9 – Bovenendvankeelafsnysleegte, South Africa (27 letters)
Wiki Info: This name is a farm located in the Upper Karoo in Northern Cape, South Africa, lying at an altitude of 3,028 ft. It is one of the longest place names in the world. Its name is in Afrikaans and means “Upper end of throat-cut valley”.
8 – Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, India (28 letters)
Wiki Info: This place is a railway station in Andhra Pradesh on the border with Tamil Nadu, India with the distinction of having the longest name among all stations on the Indian Railway system. It is on the Renigunta-Arakkonam section of Southern Railway.
7 – Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, Canada (31 letters)
Wiki Info: This place is a lake of Manitoba. The name is Cree for “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks.” It is the longest place name in Canada at 31 letters long. It is located just south-east of Red Sucker Lake in northeastern Manitoba, near its border with Ontario.
6 – Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä, Finland (35 letters)
Wiki Info: This is a pub in Salla was named Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsi-baari after this bog region. According to an anecdote, the owner of the pub tried two different names for it, but both had already been taken. Frustrated, he registered the pub under a name he knew no one else would be using.
5 – Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea, Spain (39 letters)
Wiki Info: Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea, that is a single word with 39 letters. This place is named in Basque language and the translated meaning of this place name in English is “The low field of the high pen of Azpilkueta”. It is located in Azpilkueta, Navarra, Spain.
4 – Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, South Africa (44 letters)
Wiki Info: This place is a farm in the North West province of South Africa, located about 200 km west of Pretoria and 20 km east of Lichtenburg whose 44-character name has entered South African folklore. It is the longest place name in South Africa and one of the longest anywhere in the world.
3 – Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, USA (45 letters)
Wiki Info: Lake Chaubunagungamaug, also known as Webster Lake, is a lake in the town of Webster, Massachusetts, United States. It is located near the Connecticut border and has a surface area of 5.84 km2. Since 1921, the lake has also been known by a much longer name having 45 letters comprising fourteen syllables
2 – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales (58 letters)
Wiki Info: The long form of the name was invented for promotional purposes in the 1860s; with 58 characters it is the longest place name in Europe and the second longest official one-word place name in the world.
1 – Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand (85 letters)
Wiki Info: This place is a hill near Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. The height of the hill is 1,001 ft. The hill is notable primarily for its unusually long name, which is of Māori origin; it is often shortened to Taumata for brevity.