Cities With Single Letter Name Differences


Source: ironphoenix.org

Just for fun, below is my list of cities with nearly the same name, except for one (1) single letter. Most commonly, the (1) letter difference arrises from these sources:

  • Plural versus singular, such as Danville versus Danville
  • Use of “ton” versus “town” such as Charleston versus Charlestown
  • Simply a differing first letter, such as Denton versus Renton
  • No “e” versus an “e” such as Ashville versus Asheville
  • A slight variation in spelling, such as Haslet versus Haslett

At this point, the most common one (1) letter variations for city names are:

  • Alton/Dalton/Halton/Malton/Walton (5)
  • Benton/Denton/Fenton/Renton (4)
  • Cowell/Howell/Lowell/Powell (4)
  • Elton/Belton/Felton/Melton/Welton (5)

Several others have three (3) variations:

  • Alden/Malden/Walden
  • Bayton/Dayton/Layton
  • Baytown/Maytown/Raytown
  • Bayville/Mayville/Wayville
  • Bedford/Medford/Redford
  • Haysville/Kaysville/Maysville
  • Milton/Tilton/Wilton
  • Newton/Reston/Weston
  • Nome/Rome/Tome
  • Tifton/Tilton/Tipton
  • Walton/Welton/Wilton

Here’s the full list so far. I’m sure there are many other one (1) letter variations out there, so please feel free to send them along and I will update the list. Thanks!

  • Alden, Michigan — Malden, Massachusetts — Walden, Colorado
  • Alton, Illinois, Texas, or England — Dalton, Georgia — Halton, England — Malton, Ontario — Walton, New York
  • Ambridge, Pennsylvania — Cambridge, Massachusetts or England
  • Ancaster, England — Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Anning, China – Banning, California
  • Arab, Alabama — Arabi, Louisiana
  • Arab, Alabama – Aral, China
  • Arlington, Texas and Virginia — Darlington, England and South Carolina
  • Ashville, Ohio — Asheville, North Carolina
  • Ashville, Ohio — Nashville, Tennessee or Indiana
  • Bayton, England — Dayton, Ohio — Layton, Utah
  • Bayton, England — Baytown Texas
  • Baytown, Texas — Maytown, Kentucky — Raytown, Missouri
  • Bayville, New York — Mayville, New York — Wayville, Australia
  • Bedford, Indiana or Virginia — Medford, Oregon or Massachusetts — Redford, Michigan
  • Benton, Arkansas and Illinois — Denton, Texas — Fenton, Michigan —Renton, Washington
  • Bern, Switzerland — Berne, Indiana
  • Berne, Indiana — Boerne, Texas (Thank you, Steven)
  • Bogata, Texas — Bogota, Colombia
  • Bradford, Ontario — Branford, Connecticut
  • Branford, Connecticut — Brantford, Ontario
  • Branford, Connecticut — Cranford, New Jersey
  • Canton, Michigan or Ohio — Manton, Michigan
  • Caseville, Michigan — Cassville, Missouri or Wisconsin
  • Casper, Wyoming — Jasper, Indiana and Alberta
  • Charleston, South Carolina or West Virginia — Charles Town, West Virginia or Charlestown, Indiana
  • Cheboygan, Michigan — Sheboygan, Wisconsin (Thank you, Wayne!)
  • Cheyenne, Wyoming — Sheyenne, North Dakota
  • Chizhou, China — Chuzhou, China
  • Clanton, Alabama — Clinton, Indiana or Utah
  • Clarkson, New York — Clarkston, Michigan (Thank you, Erin!)
  • Clarkston, Washington or Michigan — Clarkstown, New York
  • Clayville, New York — Claysville, Pennsylvania
  • Clinton, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, or Utah — Clifton, New Jersey
  • Cowell, Australia — Howell, Michigan – Lowell, Massachusetts and Indiana — Powell, Ohio
  • Creston, Iowa — Preston, Connecticut and England
  • Danville, California, Illinois or Virginia — Dansville, Michigan
  • Dartford, England — Hartford, Connecticut
  • Davison, Michigan — Davidson, North Carolina
  • Durand, Michigan — Durant, Oklahoma
  • Eatonton, Georgia — Eatontown, NJ
  • Edinburg, Texas — Edinburgh, Scotland or Indiana
  • Edina, Minnesota — Medina, Ohio or Saudi Arabia
  • Elizabethton, Tennessee — Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
  • Edmond, Oklahoma — Redmond, Washington and Oregon
  • Elton, Louisiana — Belton, Texas — Felton, California — Melton, Australia– Welton, England
  • Felton, California– Fulton, Kentucky
  • Forest City, North Carolina — Forrest City, Arkansas
  • Frankfort, Kentucky, Indiana, or Michigan — Frankfurt, Germany
  • Fuding, China — Fuqing, China
  • Granville, Ohio — Grandville, Michigan
  • Grayville, Illinois — Graysville, Alabama
  • Greenville, South Carolina and multiple other states — Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Guang’an, China — Guanghan, China
  • Hamlet, North Carolina — Haslet, Texas
  • Haslet, Texas — Haslett, Michigan
  • Haysville, Kansas — Kaysville, Utah — Maysville, Kentucky
  • Heath, Ohio — Neath, Wales
  • Howell, Michigan — Howells, Nebraska (Thank you, John!)
  • Janesville, Wisconsin — Zanesville, Ohio
  • Kendal, England — Kendall, Florida
  • Kinston, North Carolina — Kingston, Jamaica or Ontario
  • Kinston, North Carolina — Winston, Oregon
  • Lacon, Illinois — Lavon, Texas
  • Lacon, Illinois — Macon, Georgia
  • Lander, Wyoming — Leander, Texas
  • Lecce, Italy — Lecco, Italy (Thank you, Cosimo!)
  • Lewiston, Idaho or Maine — Lewistown, Pennsylvania or Montana
  • Linden, Michigan — Minden, Louisiana or Nebraska
  • London, England or Ontario — Loudon, New Hampshire
  • Macomb, Michigan — McComb, Mississippi
  • Maldon, England — Malton, Ontario
  • Malton, Ontario – Milton, Washington or Ontario
  • Marseille, France — Marseilles, Illinois
  • Mayville, New York — Maysville, Kentucky
  • Maysville, Kentucky– Marysville, Ohio
  • Mechanicville, New York — Mechanicsville, Virginia
  • Middleton, Wisconsin — Middletown, Ohio
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Zilwaukee, Michigan
  • Milton, Washington or Ontario — Tilton, New Hampshire — Wilton, Connecticut
  • Monaca, Pennsylvania – Monaco
  • Montpelier, Vermont — Montpellier, France
  • Monterey, California — Monterrey, Mexico
  • Muskego, Wisconsin — Muskegon, Michigan
  • Napanee, Ontario — Nappanee, Indiana
  • Naylor, Missouri — Taylor, Michigan (Thank you, Erin!)
  • Neston, England — Reston, Virginia — Weston, Florida, Connecticut, and New York
  • Newman, Californian –Newnan, Georgia
  • Newton, Massachusetts — Newtown, Connecticut
  • Nome, Alaska — Rome, Italy or Georgia — Tome, Japan or Tome’, Chile
  • Orland, Maine — Orlando, Florida
  • Orwell, Ohio — Norwell, Massachusetts
  • Owasso, Oklahoma — Owosso, Michigan
  • Pampa, Texas — Tampa, Florida
  • Parkville, Maryland or Missouri — Parksville, British Columbia
  • Paterson, New Jersey — Patterson, Louisiana
  • Pikeville, Kentucky — Pikesville, Maryland
  • Pittsburg, California or Kansas — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Prineville, Oregon — Princeville, Hawaii
  • Puebla, Mexico — Pueblo, Colorado
  • Radford, Virginia — Redford, Michigan
  • Reading, Pennsylvania or England — Redding, California
  • Redford, Michigan — Retford, England
  • Redland, Maryland — Redlands, California
  • Remerton, Georgia — Bremerton, Washington
  • Rome, Italy or Georgia — Romeo, Michigan
  • Saco, Maine — Waco, Texas (Thank you, Rich!)
  • Salida, Colorado — Salina, Kansas
  • Salina, Kansas — Saline, Michigan
  • Salina, Kansas — Salinas, California
  • Sanatoga, Pennsylvania — Saratoga, California
  • Sand Springs, Oklahoma — Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • Sanford, Florida — Stanford, California or New York
  • Sidney, Nebraska or British Columbia — Sydney, Australia or Nova Scotia
  • Senj, Croatis — Sinj, Croatia (Thank you, Marina!)
  • Sparta, Greece — Isparta, Turkey (Thank you, Mehmet!)
  • Sterling, Virginia — Stirling, Scotland
  • St. John, Indiana — St. Johns, Michigan
  • Stanton, Michigan — Staunton, Virginia
  • Stow, Ohio or Massachusetts — Stowe, Vermont
  • Strasburg, Virginia — Strasbourg,France
  • Stratford, Ontario or Connecticut — Stretford, England
  • Sturbridge, Massachusetts – Stourbridge, England
  • Summerville, South Carolina — Summersville, West Virginia
  • Taylor, Michigan — Taylors, South Carolina
  • Tifton, Georgia — Tilton, New Hampshire — Tipton, Indiana
  • Walton, New York — Welton, England — Wilton, Connecticut
  • Williamston, Michigan — Williamstown, Kentucky

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7 Responses to Cities With Single Letter Name Differences

  1. Erin Bierly says:

    I love this!!! So fun. 😀 So I came up with a couple additions. Add Clarkston MI to Clarkstown and Clarkson?

    Baylor TX Naylor MO and Taylor MI

    Thanks for letting me play along! Erin

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. problogic says:

    Awesome! Thank you, Erin. So nice to hear from you.

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  3. Erin Bierly says:

    Never mind Baylor isn’t the city it’s the college. Scratch that one.

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. problogic says:

    Sounds good – thanks!

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  5. Steven Van Steenhuyse says:

    Going along with Bern and Berne, there’s also Boerne, Texas, which is pronounced “Ber-nee.”

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  6. Steven Van Steenhuyse says:

    Rick: there’s also a Clinton in Iowa and Ilinois. If fact, DeWitt County, Illinois has a Clinton (in the other DeWitt County, in Texas, there was a Clinton that is now a ghost town) . Often, the opposite is also true – Clinton County will have a DeWitt in it (Iowa’s Clinton County has both; Clinton Co., MI has a DeWitt). Something similar occurs with Jasper and Newton – either Jasper County and Newton County are adjacent to one another, or Newton is the county seat of Jasper County.

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