Special Report

The Least Common Town Names in the US

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21. Othello, Washington
> 2017 Population: 7,797
> Municipal status: City

The city’s name has nothing to do with William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. When the area was granted a post office in 1904, a settler from Tennessee suggested to name it Othello after a post office in Tennessee.

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22. Lady Lake, Florida
> 2017 Population: 14,859
> Municipal status: Town

Lady Lake, the northernmost town in west Lake County, was almost named Cooper — if railroad officials had their way. But residents insisted to name the town after a nearby lake, which, according to one legend, Native Americans had so named for a white woman who drowned in it. Some people also say that the lake’s shape is that of a woman when viewed from the air.

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23. Enigma, Georgia
> 2017 Population: 906
> Municipal status: Town

The town’s name was basically the result of one man’s indecision. The settlement’s founder, John A. Ball, was struggling to come with a name, saying it was “a puzzle to name [the town] anyway.”

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24. Gross, Nebraska
> 2017 Population: 9
> Municipal status: Village

There’s nothing disgusting about this small village in Boyd County, not far from the border with South Dakota. It was named after a couple who opened a store there, hoping to capitalize on the flow of people the railroad, which locals were promised, was going to bring. The railroad, however, was never built, and most people left within a few years.

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25. Chilili, New Mexico
> 2017 Population: 53
> Municipal status: Census-designated place

Chilili was originally inhabited by Chilili Indians. They abandoned the village in the 1670s because they felt threatened by the Apaches, and most moved to villages on the Rio Grande. Today, most of the people who live there are Hispanic; just over 2% are American Indian.