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The 10 Longest Place Names In the World

Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu is a hill on New Zealand's North Island.

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10. Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill, Australia

Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya is the name of a hill found in South Australia, located approximately 108.8km northwest of the small town of Marla. At twenty-six letters (the same length as the English alphabet), it is the official longest place name in Australia. This name is derived from the Pitjantjatjara language.

9. Bovenendvankeelafsnysleegte, South Africa

Bovenendvankeelafsnysleegte is a farm that is found in South Africa in the Upper Karoo of Northern Cape Town. It is South Africa’s second longest one-word place name, and at 27 letters, it’s the world’s ninth longest place name. This name is from the Afrikaans language, and it means the upper end of a throat-cut valley. The farm is lying at an altitude 923 meters height above sea level.

8. Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta, India

Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta is a name of a railway station in Andhra Pradesh located on the border with Tamil Nadu state in India. This railway station is normally distinguished from other railway stations in India as the railway station with the longest name. ‘Sri’ is a three letter prefix used to refer to this railway station for the sake of ease of pronunciation and brevity.

7. Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik, Manitoba

Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik is a lake of the Manitoba. It is the longest one worded place name in Canada. The name is from the Cree language and means a place where fishing hooks are used to catch wild trout. This lake is located in the northeastern part of Manitoba near the border with Ontario. At 31 letters long, it is ranked as the seventh longest one-word place name in the world.

6. Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä, Finland

This 35 letter word name is the longest one worded place name in Finland and the second longest in Europe. It is the name of a bog region in Finnish Lapland. A pub owner registered his premises under this name after being frustrated in his last two attempts of trying to register with other names and failing. He decided on this long name that he knew no one else had it. This name though is not Finish as it has no meaning derived from it. It is most likely to be gibberish.

5. Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea, Spain

At 39 letters, this is the fifth longest name of a place in the world, and the longest both in Spain and Europe. This name has been named from Bosque language which has been translated into English to mean “the low field of a high pen of Azpilkueta”.

4. Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, South Africa

Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein is a farm that is located in the North Western Province of South Africa, about 200km to the west of Pretoria. It comes from the Afrikaans language meaning a” spring where two buffaloes were killed by use of one short.” This name is derived from combinations of different languages including German, Afrikaans, and Dutch. Terms from all these languages were put together to come up with the long word. This is made up 44 characters, and its South Africa’s longest one-word place and the world’s 4th longest place name.

3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, United States

Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is a lake found in Webster, Massachusetts in the United States. It is also referred to as Lake Webster. This name is from the Nipmuc, which is an Algonquian language. It translates to “fishing point that’s at the boundaries and which is a neutral meeting point.” Located near the border of Connecticut, it has a surface area of a 5.84 square kilometers. The name is made up of 45 letters and is believed to be the longest place name in the United States, as well as the third longest in the world.

2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales

This name is often shortened as Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG for brevity. This is the name of a large community and village in Wales that lives on the Islands of Anglesey. Initially, this community was referred to as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll before its name was changed in the 19th century to promote it as a tourist attraction center.In the year 2011, the population of this community was 3040. At 58 characters, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the longest one-word place name in the United Kingdom and the world’s second longest place name. The name was invented in the 1860s for promotional purposes. It was aimed at being a commercial avenue since tourist will be coming to see the community with the world’s longest name. The long name has been credited to a local cobbler according to the village’s website even though Sir John Morris-Johns, this name was created by a tailor who lived in the locality.

1. Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu, New Zealand

This is a name of a hill near Porangahau in the southern Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand. It is a name given in the Moari language. This hill is 305 meters tall. It’s famously known for its long name. This name has since been shortened to Taumata for the ease of pronunciation. The meaning of the name has been translated to mean “ the place where Tamatae, the man who had big knees, the climber of mountains, the slider, the land-swallower that traveled about, played the nose flute that he had to the loved ones.” With 85 characters making this word, it represents the world’s longest place name according to the Guinness World Records. This name has other versions are even longer, but these other versions contain hyphens.

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