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Nutty Names

Posted August 24, 2007

What is your favorite North Carolina name? What about your least favorite?

We have some unusual names across the Old North State. UNC historian William Powell lists them in his North Carolina Gazetteer. They include Black Ankle, Kill Quick, Matrimony Creek, Pickens Nose and Ugly Fork.

Have you ever been to Jugtown? Have you ever swatted mosquitoes in Barbecue Swamp?

Some names are so vulgar I can’t even mention them here. Others like Lower Sassafras Gap flow like butter across the Tar Heel landscape.

How would you like to tend a garden in Eden? I hear you can get a great banana split in Cherryville.

I love autumn in Pumpkin Center. I once visited Minneapolis and didn't have to leave the state.

Oh, yes I was the grand marshall of a Thanksgiving parade in Turkey, NC. My parting gifts were a big Butterball bird and a gobbler sweatshirt.

What is the coolest name? How about the hottest? Let's have fun with this.


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  • weasleyes Aug 25, 2007

    In Pender County, you have Penderlea and Watha. Warren County has Inez and LickSkillet.

  • brant58 Aug 24, 2007

    I go through Pink Hill a lot. There is nothing pink and there is no hill. In Franklin county you have Slosh, and Alert (emphasis on the A. On the Pender Onlslow county line you have Stump Sound, and in case you haven't found it yet, in Wayne County there is Eureka!

  • lyrich942 Aug 24, 2007

    I checked mapquest and found a bunch. Lizard Lick is my favorite. Other interesting ones include Horneytown, Stumpy Point, Frying Pan Landing, Soul City, Bahama, Bushy Fork, Radical, Love Valley, Black Jack, Delight, Ether, and Coinjock. I nearly forgot Montezuma and Grandfather.

  • Snoopy Gal Aug 24, 2007

    I grew up in Martin County in a community called Farm Life......right down the road from Bear Grass, which has already been mentioned. Now I live in Archer Lodge in Johnston County. Not far from to go to the Outer Banks and see those cool names like Avon, Frisco, Rodanthe!

  • thunder1 Aug 24, 2007

    I have an Excel spreedsheet of some NC towns that are weird.

  • thunder1 Aug 24, 2007

    I grew up in Palestine, NC.
    My Grandfather is buried in Frog Pond, NC just on the other side of Red Cross, NC.

  • olive91988 Aug 24, 2007

    These are weird....
    Gum Neck
    Bear Grass

    And you can go to Nebraska, Washington and even Bahama without ever leaving NC!

  • olive91988 Aug 24, 2007

    Lizard Lick, Crisp & Conetoe are some funny names for NC towns.

  • nancygilmore Aug 24, 2007

    I think one of the "coolest" names is Snow Hill--in Greene County, eastern NC. Although it never sees snow! Other favorites in Greene County are Hookerton, Browntown, Dodge City, and the "hottest" would have to be Shine.

  • carolinamissy Aug 24, 2007

    I saw this one earlier-- Winnabow-- and what about Calabash?




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