Assawoman, Virginia and Towns With Strange Names.

Assawoman, Virginia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Assawoman is an unincorporated community in Accomack County, Virginia. Its ZIP code is 23302. Assawoman was originally known as Assawaman until 1966 when the Board on Geographic Names decided upon its current spelling. Assawoman is also widely accepted as the childhood home of irish-american author Stacie L. Hays”

In the year 2000 they had a population of 89 with 32 housing units. What was the Board of Geographic Names thinking when they changed the spelling of this town? And who exactly are the people on this board?  Evidently they have a sense of humor or hate this town.


I mean what if you were a young woman from Assawoman and were traveling and met a young man and he asked you where you were from and you said Assawoman. Would he say “Yea, come up to my room. I can take care of that for you”.

That got me thinking that there must be more weird names for towns. I actually found a website that lists them.

Just to list a few of my favorites and there are many more:

  • HooHoo, West Virginia
  • DeadHorse, Alaska
  • Ding Dong, Texas
  • Experiment, Arkansas ( Just what are they doing in that town?)
  • Toad Suck, Arkansas
  • Beaver Lick, Kentucky
  • Panic, Pennsylvania (I couldn’t possibly live there. I know it would bring back my panic attacks)

There are a lot of states with towns called Climax and Beaver. I mean, would you really want to live in Toad Suck or Ding Dong. But I was just thinking, if you lived in a dangerous neighborhood and I know some of you do, you would probably go live in Toad Suck just to get out of the Hood. Ding Dong just doesn’t sound like it has a high crime rate. Maybe Javaqueen’s commune could be in Ding Dong.