What American Towns Have the Most Unfortunate Names?

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Charles Gullung

On the way to Boring, Oregon.

Some people claim their town is boring. But somehow it just takes on another meaning when you’re in Boring, Oregon – a real, live town.

According to a completely unscientific survey conducted by the genealogy website FindMyPast.com, the most unfortunately-named town in the United States is Toad Suck, Ark., which makes its debut at the number one spot. Climax, Ga. falls to number two, while Boring, Ore. and Boring, Md. tie for the third spot. While we can’t vouch for accuracy of these rankings, Roachtown, Ill. could probably creep up a few more spots.

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Of course, each town’s name is rooted in its very own history. According to urban legend, Toad Suck originally dates back to a time when steamboats ruled the waterways and it wasn’t uncommon to see workers drinking heavily: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads,” goes the saying.

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Others have more innocent explanations. Climax received its name, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “because it was the highest point on the rail line between Savannah and the Chattahoochee River.” Truth be told, there are probably worse things than saying you’re from Climax, Georgia, but isn’t that in the eye of the beholder?

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The complete list includes:

  1. Toad Suck, Arkansas
  2. Climax, Georgia
  3. Boring, Oregon and Maryland
  4. Hooker, Oklahoma
  5. Assawoman, Maryland
  6. Belchertown, Massachusetts
  7. Roachtown, Illinois
  8. Loveladies, New Jersey
  9. Squabbletown, California
  10. Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky
  11. Chicken, Alaska

Erica Ho is a contributor at TIME and the editor of Map Happy. Find her on Twitter at @ericamho and Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

20 comments
Sue Haskins
Sue Haskins

Intercourse and Blue Ball, both in PA

scarab23
scarab23

From Newfoundland, Canada

Dildo

South Dildo

Come By Chance

Jobats Arm

Jobats Other Arm

Blow Me Down

Jerry's Nose

Witless Bay

and the list goes on

CAS5158
CAS5158

A few from Australia -

Foul Bay

Mount Buggery

Tom Ugly

Bong Bong

Dismal Swamp

Humpty Doo

Nowhere Else

Tittybong

Cock Wash

Coffin Bay

Burrumbuttock

CAS5158
CAS5158

A few from Australia -

Foul Bay

Humpty Doo

Tittybong

Burrumbuttock

Cockburn (pronounced Coburn)

Nowhere Else

Mount Buggery

Tom Ugly

Tina H. Huang
Tina H. Huang

I am surprised that Intercourse, PA did not make the list...

Sid Beers
Sid Beers

List automatically stinks because you can't do dirty ones, i.e. "Mianus"

speckz
speckz

Cumming, Georgia

PhillyMile
PhillyMile

How did you miss both Intercourse, PA and Blue Ball, PA?

Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson

There is a town in Ukraine whose name translates quite literally into English as 'mud'. And where is that town named 'Hell'?

Michael Dietz
Michael Dietz

 Hell is on Grand Cayman. Been there, no big deal, other than it is on top of a bunch of lava.

Kevin Stott
Kevin Stott

I think I drove through a Hell, Wisconsin when I was younger and took a picture of the town sign's name.