Names can be funny. Who hasn’t felt sorry for the guy in high school named Harry Pitts (hope that wasn’t your brother). I’m sure some of you have wondered about my name-Tipper. Someone once ask me if I was named for Tipper Gore, I wasn’t. My big brother is responsible for me being Tipper.
Tipper and Steve
He is 5 years older than I am and has always watched out for me-just like a big brother should. Like all babies beginning to walk I was constantly falling down. He was afraid I would get hurt so he started trying to warn Mom and Dad “shes going to tip over, shes going to tip over” he finally just started calling me Tipper. Amazing it has stuck all these years.
Places have funny names too. In Appalachia, there is no shortage of strange names for cities, towns, roads, streets, and communities.
Numerous names used in the US came from over the big pond with the first settlers. Raleigh, Charleston, and London come to mind.
Many times names are repetitive from state to state-like Trenton, Springfield or Austin. But the really strange ones always make me wonder. Here is a list of 5 odd community names I have come across.
- Hot House
- Bug Scuttle
- Hard Scrabble
- Hanging Dog
Just makes you want to know who came up with the names and why didn’t someone stop them? For more interesting names you can check out Appalachian History’s list.
Please play along with the name game and leave a list of the peculiar names you’ve come across in your neck of the woods. Just click on the word comments below and follow the directions.
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