Attractions July 07, 2015
These 16 Towns In Oklahoma Have The Strangest Names You’ll Ever See
Oklahoma is well-known for some strange town names. When out-of-towners hear names like Slapout or Okmulgee, you usually have to repeat them, explain them, then laugh at them. Here are some of those names that made this list…
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The name is a Creek word meaning "running water." To make it even harder, the town is in Okfuskee County, 10 miles southeast of Okemah.
Many locals believe the name is derived from Cherokee words meaning, "Two is Enough." The Cherokee Native Americans were forced west after the Trail of Tears and this area reminded them of their previous home in Tellico. It is now the Cherokee Nation capital.
Not really the town name you want to say you are from, Slaughterville's name actually originated from a small business in the region. Jim Slaughter owned a business on Highway 77 and Slaughterville Road and the corner became known as "Slaughter's Corner."
This unincorporated community is named for one the area's earliest settler families. It is located in Love County at the very southern tip of Oklahoma.
A man named Tom Lemmons bought a chicken coop and moved near a highway being built during the Great Depression. He started a store in the chicken coop and decided he was bored so he started a town called Nye. Local legend says Lemmon's sister always told customers the store was "slapout" of whatever they wanted. He said she didn't say that but it stuck with the customers and they finally won and the town Nye was changed to Slapout.
People might think you are from the moon but you will have to explain to them the town of Moon, located in McCurtain County on the southeastern tip of Oklahoma.
The capital of the Osage Nation, Pawhuska is located in the Tulsa metro area. It was named after the Osage chief, Paw-Hiu-Skah, meaning "White Hair" in English.
This town is the capital of the Muscogee/Creek Nation. The name comes from the Creek words, oki mulgee which means "boiling waters" or "babbling brook" in English. The location was chosen because of the rivers and springs nearby.
Apparently "Nuyaka" is the Cherokee version for "New York." The Creeks visited New York City and were so impressed they named their town in Alabama "New York." The town was later destroyed and the white men wrote the name as Nuyaka. The name was given to this area, after the Muscogee/Creek Nation moved to Indian Territory.
You might have to explain you are not non-Oklahoma but you are from Non, Oklahoma...have fun with that one.
Some say the name was derived from the words, "Indian Exchange Land" but some say it was named after the letters of two men. Either way, it is IXL, located in Okfuskee County.
No matter what side you are on, we have Gay, OK.
And we have Straight, OK...your pick.
The town was named Frogville because it had such an abundance of large frogs...big enough to eat small ducks.
Located in Rogers County between Vinita and Claremore, Bushyhead was named after the Principal Chief of the Cherokee, Dennis W. Bushyhead.
The town was named after a mercantile owned by Marvin Cornelius in the 1920's. The storeowner was known for giving cookies to children.
Do you live in a town in Oklahoma that has a strange name? Comment below and share your town name.