Hard To Believe the Incredibly Longest Place Names
First time when I come to know about the longest place name in the world from an infographic sent by a friend on my Whatsapp, I was no way ready to believe it. It just looks like a joke to make me fool. How a place name can be so long that it takes 85 alphabets to make the name. Incredibly and insanely long name was given to the place. I decided to verify the authenticity of the information from www. I made a query on Google and found a lot of information about it in Google search results including articles from Wikipedia. It was really astonishing for me to know, the longest place name with 85 letters really exists. I was curious to explore more information about that place and the logic behind that insanely long place name. Therefore I read more about it and few other places with officially recognized long place names.
Let me first to share some world places with longest place names that are officially recognized, then I'll discuss some possible reasons and logic behind naming the places with insanely long words. Here is the list of 5 longest place names that are officially recognized.
The fifth longest place name in the world is 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 high pen of Azpilkueta". It is located in Azpilkueta, Navarra, Spain.
At number 4, the longest place name in world is Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, that is 44 letters long, a single word. This is named in Afrikaans language with English translation "The spring (lit. 'fountain') where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot" (or perhaps "shot stone dead"). It is the longest one-word place name in Africa and 4th longest place name in world. It is a farm in the North West province of South Africa
Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is said to be the third one-word longest place name in the world, containing 45 letters. It is Nipmuc language word can be translated in English as "Fishing Place at the Boundaries -- Neutral Meeting Grounds". There is a short-form used for this place is "Lake Chaubunagungamaug", 17 letters long. It is a lake in Webster, Massachusetts, United States. It is believed to be the longest official one-word place-name in the United States.
Llanfair-pwllgwyngyll-gogery-chwyrn-drobwll-llan-tysilio-gogo-goch is known as the second longest place name in the world with 58 letters. It is Welsh language name with English translation of "Saint Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave". It is situated in Isle of Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom. It is also known as the longest official one-word placename in Europe. There are some other short-forms used for this place name, "Llanfair PG" with 10 letters, "Llanfairpwll" with 12 letters, or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll with 20 letters.
The world's longest official place name is listed in the Guinness World Records is Taumatawhakatangi-hangakoauauotamatea-turipukakapikimaunga-horonukupokaiwhen-uakitanatahu. It is one-word name with 85 letters, incredible long. It is Maori language word with English translation "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". There are short-form names for this place, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu with 57 letters, Taumata with only 7 letters. It is situated in North Island, New Zealand.