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Most Americans Will Struggle to Pronounce These 50 Town Names

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11. César Chávez, Texas, Texas
> Total characters: 11
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 1,442

Sharing its name with the famous farm worker and activist, this town is pronounced “SEH-sahr CHAH-vess.”

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12. Damariscotta, Maine
> Total characters: 12
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 1,222

Damariscotta reportedly comes from a Native American word meaning “river of little fish.” It is pronounced “dam-ahr-ihs-KOTTA,” although locals sometimes add an extra r to the first syllable.

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13. Duryea, Pennsylvania
> Total characters: 6
> Total vowels: 4
> Population: 4,886

Duryea was named in honor of Hiram Duryea, a Civil War general and landowner in the area. The name is of Irish origin and is pronounced “dur-ee-ay.”

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14. Eufaula, Alabama
> Total characters: 7
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 12,467

Eufaula is named after a Native American tribe and is pronounced “you-fall-uh.”

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15. Eutawville, South Carolina
> Total characters: 10
> Total vowels: 5
> Population: 312

The first two syllables of Eutawville are pronounced like Utah, and there is less stress on the third, so the result is “YOO-TAH-vil.”