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These 10 Places In North Carolina Have Bizarre, Hysterical Names

With North Carolina being home to a multitude of history…our town names are all but normal. Most were named long ago by early settlers, Native Americans, or even after slang words referring to rum!

The meaning of words inevitably changes through the years. With centuries now between us and these names, some have just manifested into downright weird and funny. Here are ten….

Honorable Mention:

Bat Cave, Erect, Hookerton, Pfafftown, Gumberry, Windblow, Frying Pan Landing, Bear Grass, Bee Log, Meat Camp, Loafers Glory, Grabtown…ok I could go on forever. If you want the full run-down this gazetteer by William S. Powell is super helpful and interesting.

What are some of your favorite oddly named towns in North Carolina?

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on