#1 – Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateahaumaitawhitiurehaeaturipuk-
With a whopping 105 letters, “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateahaumaitawhitiurehaea-
turipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu” is officially the longest place name in the world. It is the Māori name for a hill in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.
It’s shortened to “Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu” (57 letters) in the New Zealand Geographic Placenames Database, and often shortened even further to “Taumata”, for ease of conversation by the locals.
#2 – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village on the island of Anglesey in Wales. It is the longest recognized place name in the United Kingdom (58 letters), and with a population of just over 3,000, it’s definitely a mouthful for the people. Imagine having to write that on the back of a postcard.
#3 – Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
With 45 letters to it’s name, Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg is certainly a tongue twister. It’s a lake in the town of Webster, Massachusetts and is recognized as the longest place name in the United States. It’s also known as “Webster Lake”… Much easier.
Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik lake holds the record for the longest place name in Canada. The lake is situated in Manitoba and Nunavut. In total it contains 31 letters, not including “lake”. It literally means “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks”.
With a mere 26 letters, Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya Hill completes our list of the top 5 longest place names in the world. It’s a hill in South Australia and it’s officially the longest geographical place name in the country. According to general belief, the name means “where the devil urinates” in the regional Pitjantjatjara language.
Also… A notable mention should also go to “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit“, which is the official name of Bangkok.
It translates as “The great city of angels, the supreme unconquerable land of the great immortal divinity (Indra), the royal capital of nine noble gems, the pleasant city with plenty of grand royal palaces and divine paradises for the reincarnated deity.”
Unfortunately, it’s got spaces in it though, so it couldn’t be put on the list above. Still difficult to say though.
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