10 One-Letter Place Names – Find Out Where They Are
It is not hard to skip through this fact that place names, as applicable to words, also possess their own meanings, histories, and etymologies. Of a very good example is Paris. Paris was named after Parisian- one age long European tribe. In the same manner, Dublin arises from that Irish dubh linn, which literarily implies black pool. Tokyo is not left behind, it means eastern capital. For Chicago, it probably refers to something like say “the wild onions’ place,” better put “the skunk place.”
Simply due to the fact that these place names are so frequently used, they seem to simplify naturally as time pass by, therefore becoming so considerably easier, shorter and faster to pronounce when compared with their original forms. But some place names just like the ten discussed in this write-up take succinctness to the extreme.
The ten places are discussed here all beer names comprising only one letter. Check them out
1. Å in Norway:
Actually, there are quite a number of different locations called “Å” across Scandinavia, whereas “Å” (pronounced seemingly the same as double o “oo” in the word “door”) is just one in Lofoten Islands, northern Norway. They all take their names from same root source: “å” in many dialects and languages of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, means either “stream” or “creek” and is a distant cousin of aqua (Latin word for water), etymologically.
2. D in Oregon:
The river “D” flows westwards from the Devils Lake in Lincoln County, Oregon into the Pacific Ocean- just 120ft away at high tide. The river “D” is considered by several as the shortest named in the globe (this was once contested by the Roe River in the central Montana), without a name until as late as 1940, this was when its present day name was picked as part of a local competition. The Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce then thought it wise and appropriate enough to give this shortest river throughout the globe the shortest name possible.
3. E in Scotland:
The “E” is such a barely short, and also shallow river in the far north of Scotland, flowing 6miles from Monadhliath Mountains in the Highlands of Scottish into the Loch Mhòr nearby, laying parallel to its neighbour- Loch Ness. Loch Ness is considered larger than Loch Mhòr. Despite the “E”’s origin as named is quite debatable, it is, however, likely to be an offspring of either an island- ey, or the Norse word for a stream (river)- á.
4. L in Nebraska:
There glaringly exist two different lakes in Nebraska called “L”, with both so named as a result of their sharp right-angled shape.
5. O in England:
The “O” is that small tributary of River Dart, which flows across the Devon’s Dartmoor region in southeast England. Ocbroke was apparently The “O”’s original name, with meaning- “oak brook”. Despite that, another history made available claims that it was initially called “Wo,” probably taking its name from an Old English word woh, which means “crooked” or otherwise “twisted.” Whatever may be its origin, local legend says the valley The “O” flows through was once a habitat to an unnamed dragon.
6. Ö in Sweden:
Pronounced just like the vowel in a purse, “Ö” is a very small Island village in Ånge, a region of central Sweden. The population of “Ö” as at 2010 was 58! “Ö” despite not being surrounded by water, the name literally means “island” in Danish and Swedish.
7. Ø in Denmark:
The “Ø” is a hill in eastern Jutland, mainland peninsula of Denmark. Now, just like “Ö”, despite the fact that “Ø” is not being surrounded by water, the name literally means “island” in Danish and Swedish.
8. U in Micronesia:
“U” is a Pacific Ocean island in the Federated States of Micronesia that is lying about 1000miles southeast of Guam. It is the name of the second smallest of the six districts of Pohnpei. And it is pronounced like the “uh” vowel in a bug, “U” is derived from one local Pohnpeian word which means “tide.”
9. Y in France:
Y is a commune (equivalent to the township or local district in French) about 100miles north of Paris, the Picardy region of northern France. According to the last French national census, Y is a home to just 86 people. Standing on the banks of the Somme river, Y during the First World War happened to be the site for few of the fiercest fighting on the Western Front. Beside this, it is on record that one of the largest mines in the history of the military was detonated near Y in 1916. The village’s Y Ravine Cemetery takes custody of monuments to over 400 soldiers. Y is pronounced like the short “ee,”
10. Y in Alaska:
“Y” just as pronounced, happened to be a place designated for the census in southern Alaska. It was so named after the Y-shaped intersection of George Parks Highway nearby and Talkeetna Spur Road. Boasting a population of 1,200 and above in 2010 made Y be the most populated one-letter place under the globe but has been renamed Susitna North long ago.