Pleasant large city names

Pretoria - Source:

Pretoria – Source:

I realize that attractive or appealing large city names are subject to individual tastes and the opinion of the beholder, but I thought I would list some of my favorites to gauge the reaction of those reading this post.

Often, big city names have a way of being abrupt, blunt, repetitive, or rather cold sounding. Those listed below on the other hand (and in my opinion) are warm, inviting, and pleasing. They seem to roll right off the tongue. What I have found most interesting is the vast majority of the ones I like end in a vowel versus a consonant.

Please feel free to send along your favorites.

  • Pretoria, South Africa (easily my favorite)
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Sarasota, USA
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Seattle, USA
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Inverness, Scotland
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Savannah, USA
  • Pensacola, USA
  • San Francisco, USA
  • Adelaide, Australia
  • Royal Oak, USA
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Cincinnati, USA
  • Paris, France
  • Bordeaux, France
  • Edinburgh, Scotland (when pronounced properly – not “burg”)
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Newport News, USA
  • Marrekech, Morocco
  • Mandalay, Thailand
  • Canberra, Australia
  • Santa Barbara, USA
  • Amarillo, USA
  • Mishawaka, USA
  • St. Catharines, Canada
  • Surabaya, Indonesia
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1 Response to Pleasant large city names

  1. H. F. Rucinque - Bogota, Colombia says:

    How about Samarkanda, Cuernavaca, Atlanta, Minneapolis?


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