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6 Weird Town Names In North Carolina That Are Too Funny




North Carolina is home to some weird town names. And we’re not the only ones who think so. In some regions, street signs include GPS trackers because they are so frequently stolen. Many of these towns have smaller populations, but I bet the residents are very proud to live in them. Keep reading to discover six very funny and weird town names in North Carolina.

1. Horneytown

Okay, so two very different concepts enter my mind when I read the name Horneytown. One is a bit dirty (and potentially worrisome) while the other invokes images of swarms of horny toads. But I’m completely wrong. Welcome to Horneytown, USA! Located in Forsyth County, Horneytown was named after the early North Carolina settlers, the Horney family.

2. Whynot

Whynot, North Carolina, may be my absolute favorite town name on the planet. The name of this town may sound like a last resort… and it pretty much was! During the 18th century, residents gathered to name their district and chose “Whynot” after a local posed the question, “why not name the town Whynot and let’s go home?”. I personally would petition to have a question mark put at the end of it if I lived there. I guess I could always move there. Why not? I mean… Whynot?

3. Lizard lick


About 20 miles east of Raleigh is the community known as “Lizard Lick”. The name came from a passerby-er who witnessed several lizards on a rail fence sunning and licking themselves. I for one, am very pleased that the name stuck.

4. Meat Camp

Named after a meatpacking house used during the Revolutionary War, Meat Camp is now an unincorporated community in Watauga County.

5. Boogertown

Okay, someone had to have let their young child choose this name right? Well, not really. Boogertown was given its name after Moonshiners in Gaston County spread rumors that the Boogeyman roamed the nearby forests. Rumor or fact? That’s what I want to know.

6. Climax

Again, my mind goes somewhere inappropriate when I read this weird town name. And once again, I am wrong. The town was originally named for its high elevation. But locals and tourists find the name to be amusing for alternative reasons. At least I’m not the only one with a dirty mind.

John Ghost is a professional writer and SEO director. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies). As he prepares for graduate school to become an English professor, he writes weird fiction, plays his guitars, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He lives in the Valley of the Sun. Learn more about John on MuckRack.

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