City names with three+ sets of side-by-side matching letters



Below are eleven cities in the United States whose names have three or more sets of matching letters located side-by-side. Interestingly, all are from the Southern United States. Nearly two-thirds of them (seven) come from Florida and Georgia and are a result of modifying (or ‘Anglifying’) Native American words/terms. For example:

  • “The name ‘Tallahassee’ is a Muskogean Indian word often translated as “old fields” or “old town”and it likely stems from the Creek (later called Seminole) Indians who migrated from Georgia and Alabama to this region in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.”  and
  • “The name, Kissimmee, came from ‘Cacema’, a Native American name meaning ‘long water’.”

Any additions to this rare occurence from around the world would be most welcome. Cheers!

  • Bennettsville, SC, USA = 3 (n, t, and l)
  • Carrollwood, FL, USA = 3 (r, l, and o)
  • Chattahoochee, FL, USA = 3 (t, o, and e)
  • Chattahoochee Hills, GA, USA = 4 (t, o, e, and l)
  • Chattahoochee Plantation, GA, USA = 3 (t, o, and e)
  • Chattanooga Valley, GA, USA = 3 (t, o, and l)
  • Kissimmee, FL, USA = 3 (s, m, and e)
  • Russellville, AR, USA = 3 (s once and l twice)
  • Tallahassee, FL, USA = 3 (l, s, and e)
  • Tennessee Ridge, TN, USA = 3 (n, s, and e)
  • Terrell Hills, TX, USA = 3 (r once and l twice)
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1 Response to City names with three+ sets of side-by-side matching letters

  1. With all due respect for the repetition of “Chattahoochee” and even the “Chatta” part in this list, I note that most of these names are from Native American words. Most likely, these English version are all corruptions of the original words. I have no idea how the First Nations people would have spelled them in English, had they been able to, with a fully developed transliteration key, when the names were adopted by English-speaking immigrants. We should also note that any place name with “-vill(e)” or “hills” in it adds to the probability of 3 sets of paired letters, without this occurrence being a unique word. I can’t help wondering how many names would make this list if we eliminated all the corruptions of indigenous names, the ones with the “-vill(e)” and “hills” in them.


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