5 Longest Single-Word Place Names in the World


1. Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu (85 letters)

The longest single-word place name in the word is Taumata (shortened version, because who wouldn’t). This place is also considered as the longest name of places by Guinness World Record. This place is a hill located on the Northern part of New Zealand near Porangahau with the height of 305 meters (1,001 ft). The name is written in Maori and is translated in English for “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who traveled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”.

Source: New Zealand

2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (58 Letter)

Some of you might be familiar with this name already. Yes! This is the name of the large village that Liam Dutton, a former BBC weather presenter, nails in pronouncing. A shorter version of this name is Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwl. The village is located on the island of Anglesey, Wales. The English translation for the word is “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”.

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3. Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (45 letter)

The third longest place name takes the place with 45 words and 14 syllables. It is also known as Lake Chaubunagungamaug with is the shortened version and a more common name for this beautiful place. This gorgeous lake is located in Webster, Massachusetts and is considered as the longest official one-word place name in the U.S. The name comes from the from Loup, an Algonquian language which means “Fishing Place at the Boundaries—Neutral Meeting Grounds”. According to Ives Goddard, a more fitting translation is “lake divided by islands”.

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4. Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein (44 letters)

The fourth place in this list is a place with 44 letters. This is a farm located Lichtenburg, South Africa and the longest one-word name of place in Africa. The name is in Afrikaans which means “The spring where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot”. The structure of the name also follows the common format of place names in Afrikaans-languages.

Source: The South African

5. Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea (39 letters)

In the fifth place, we have a place with 39 letters. This place is village with green hills located in Azpilkueta, Navarra, North of Spain and close to Bay of Biscay. it’s derived from Basque for “The low field of high pen of Azpilkueta”. It is also considered as the longest place name in Spain and the second longest in Europe.

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