10 Funniest town names in America

The United States of America as we know was established just a few hundred years ago by immigrants from all over the world. Since this country is still fairly new, a lot of towns and cities have been named after the cities the immigrants come from like London, Copenhagen, and Paris. But some towns took the naming thing to a whole new level! In this post, we’ll talk about the 10 funniest town names in America.

Booger Hole, West Virginia

In the early 1900s, people in this town used the term “Boogieman” to describe the unknown person who killed a lot of people. One day they were like, “Enough is enough” and put a notice in the local newspaper saying, “We have pledged our lives to drive these people from our county or kill them… If before you leave, there is any stealing, killing or burning, we will get the blood-hounds and detectives and run you to the ends of the earth.”

After that that the town became safe again but to this date no one knows how the “Booger Hole” gained its name!

Ding Dong, Texas

Ding Dong Texas3

Ding Dong got its name from a joke! In the 1930s, Bert and Zulis Bell found this town, established a country store in it, and hired a painter to create one of their stores. Another shop owner persuaded the painter to paint two bells, writing Bert and Zulis’s name under each one and write Ding Dong under their names, and well, the rest is history!

Hot Coffee, Mississippi

In the late 1800s, there was a shopkeeper called L.N. Davis who put a sign in front of his store as “the best hot coffee around.” He brewed his coffee with spring water and added a little Molasses to it. People loved his coffee and came back over and over for it. That’s how this funny name popped up!

Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Intercourse, PA Keystone Marker 3

Intercourse didn’t sound sexual in the 1700s! It was simply a town, located at the intersection of two roads. Intercourse’s welcoming sign has been stolen a lot of times by those who found its name funny!

Pee Pee, Ohio

Credits: Radio.wosu

Pee Pee in Ohio got its name from a guy called Peter Patrick who carved his initials on a tree as — P.P . —.

Pee Pee locals often tell others that they live in Waverly, their neighbor town to avoid the jokes.

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico

Truth or Consequences - town sign

There was this show on Radio/TV called “Truth or Consequences” in the 1950s that Contestants should’ve answered trivia questions before “Beulah the Buzzer” sounded. If they were wrong, they had to pay the consequences, such as performing a zany stunt.

For their 10th anniversary, the announces, Ralph Edwards said they’d broadcast their next show from the first town that got their name. Officials in Hot Springs, New Mexico were like, “Hell yeah!” and officially changed the Town’s name to the “Truth or Consequences” on March 31, 1950, just in time for the live broadcast on April 1.

Why, Arizona

Why, Arizona

Why, Arizona was named “Y” because it was at a Y-shaped intersection of two roads. But they had to change it when Arizona’s law required the names of the towns to be at least three letters.

Whynot, North Carolina

Whynot North Carolina sign 5-17-2011

Whynot, North Carolina has a funny story behind its name that makes total sense! When people gathered to choose a name, they all started saying, “Why not this?” and “Why not that?”. After a long conversation, someone got up and said, “Why not name it Why not? And then we can all go home!”

Hell, Michigan


There are several theories behind Hell’s name. The more acceptable one says that right when Michigan was recognized as a state, George Reeves, the town’s founder was asked what he thought the town he helped settle should be called and replied “I don’t care. You can name it Hell for all I care.”

Hell freezes over the winters!

Dingle, Idaho

Rumors have it that Brigham Young chose the “Dingle” name, possibly after the sound of trains passing by, or after the sound of cowbells in the fields.

Carefree, Arizona

Carefree- Carefree Town Marker

0Carefree, Arizona was founded in the 1950s for leisure purposes. People in this town are relaxed and only looking for fun! This town features golf, spas, and outdoor activities. What else can one ask for?

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21 thoughts on “10 Funniest town names in America

  1. I live in Michigan and grew up not far from Hell. In the 6th grade, our teacher taught us map reading and set up a contest. Each member of the class endeavored to find the shortest route from Hell to Paradise, Michigan. Also, every summer there is a 100-mile bike ride that ends in Hell. You guessed it, it’s called The Ride to Hell.

      1. I can’t pick one! The way you worded those too was funny too! I remember England having it’s fair share of weird names for places. Then, whenever I visited my family here in California, and when I moved there, my parents and I would laugh at how funny US names for places sounded to us after being away for so long!

  2. Have you seen this? Someone recently, in order to raise awareness of fighting in Yemen, went for a bike ride of over 2000 miles, from Poo Poo Point, Washington to Pee Pee, Ohio.

    I have another one for you… Manteca, Calif., which isn’t funny on the surface except that it means “lard” in Spanish. I looked this one up, because I’d long been curious… according to Wikipedia, it was originally “Monte,” meaning thicket or mountain in Spanish, but someone early in its history saw the city and state name written as “Monte, Ca.” and that got corrupted to “Monteca,” which later became “Manteca” since that was an actual word.

    And not too far from Manteca is Los Banos, Calif., which is actually Los Baños in correct Spanish orthography… it means “baths” or “springs” in Spanish, named after nearby springs, but in modern California Spanish it means “bathrooms.”

    1. Lol! The cyclist post was hilarious!
      You’re right about the Los Banos! lol! because I’m currently learning Spanish and even before reading your explanation, I was like, “What the heck?” lol!
      Thank you very much for your comment!

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