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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Nutty Names

Posted August 24, 2007 8:23 a.m. EDT

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.