10.Mamungkukumpurangkuntjunya(26 letters)

Location: a hill in South Australia, Australia

Language: Pitjantjatjara

Translation: “Where the devil urinates”

Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Australia

9.Bovenendvankeelafsnysleegte(27 letters)

Location: a farm in the Upper Karoo in South Africa

Language: Afrikaans

Translation: “Upper end of throat-cut valley” (“hollow” may be better than “valley”) 

8.Venkatanarasimharajuvaripeta(28 letters)


Location: a village in Andhra Pradesh, India

Language: Telugu

Translation: “Venkatanarasimharaju’s city”

Notes: The longest one-word placename in India.

7.Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik(31 letters)

Location: a lake in Manitoba, Canada

Language: Cree

Translation: “where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks”

Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Canada.

6.Äteritsiputeritsipuolilautatsijänkä(35 letters)

Location: Lapland, Finland

Language: Finnish (northern dialect)

Translation: Unknown etymology, probably gibberish (see entry for more)

Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Finland, and the second longest in Europe.

5.Azpilicuetagaraycosaroyarenberecolarrea(39 letters)

Location: Azpilkueta, Navarra, Spain.

Language: Basque

Translation: The low field of high pen of Azpilkueta

4.Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein(44 letters)


Location: a farm in the North West province of South Africa

Language: Afrikaans

Translation: “The spring (lit. ‘fountain’) where two buffaloes were cleanly killed with a single shot” (or perhaps “shot stone dead”)

Notes: The longest one-word placename in Africa.

3.Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg(45 letters)


Short-forms: Lake Chaubunagungamaug (17 letters)

Location: a lake in Webster, Massachusetts, United States

Language: Nipmuc

Translation: “Fishing Place at the Boundaries – Neutral Meeting Grounds”

Notes: Believed to be the longest official one-word placename in the United States.

2.Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch(58 letters)


Short-forms: Llanfair PG (10 letters), Llanfairpwll (12 letters) or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll (20 letters)

Location: Isle of Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom

Language: Welsh

Translation: “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”

Notes: The longest official one-word placename in Europe.

1.Taumatawhakatangi­hangakoauauotamatea­turipukakapikimaunga­horonukupokaiwhen­uakitanatahu(85 letters)


Short-forms: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu (57 letters), Taumata (7 letters)

Location: North Island, New Zealand

Language: Māori

Translation: “The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one”

Notes: Listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest official placename in the world.