56 responses to 10 Favorite Amish Place Names
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    Comment on Top Amish names (December 13th, 2013 at 07:15)

    Top Amish names

    My number one name is Bird-in-Hand for now… it sounds funny for
    not-native-English speaker like me. From your list i pick Humansville 🙂

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    Comment on Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 07:51)

    Place Names

    Possum Grape, Arkansas (Possum Grapes are the local name for the berries on Pokeweed).

    Cotton, Minnesota – North of Duluth on Hwy 53
    Harmony, Minnesota – another Amish settlement area in South East Minnesota

    Mahomet, Texas – Before moving to northern Minnesota, I had a small ranch near there, the first Postmaster was from Mahomet, Illinois. But I have not been able to find out where the name came from beyond that.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 07:52)

    My favorite is Intercourse, Pa. The first time I heard that I thought the person that told me was kidding. Since then I have been there. I didn’t know there was a Philadelphia, NY and I’ve lived here most of my life. Will have to check that one out.

    Merry Christmas Erik, to you and yours.


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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 11:17)

      Thanks Marilyn. That name always turns heads 🙂

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      Jean Junkin
      Comment on Favorite Names (December 13th, 2013 at 12:13)

      Favorite Names

      My favorite would be Intercourse, PA. I have been there several times and the Intercourse Canning Company is there. Awesome place. They have a wonderful Farmer’s Market too.

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    Theresa H.
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 08:52)

    I have way to many to choose from, but I will go with Apple Creek, Ohio. We have Amish friends who live there and it always makes me smile when I think of the name (sounds like it should be in a book). If I was to choose from your list, I will go with Humansville because our last name is Human. I have seen the name in The Budget and my children think it would be neat to live in a town named after them.:)

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 08:55)

    I like Charm, Ohio!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:01)

    I’m rather proud to live in a state (Illinois) that boasts “Metropolis” as one of it’s towns. When I first became aware of it, I thought it was a joke, too!

    However, I don’t think that even Superman could save us from the state’s financial woes. (Woe is us!)

    Hmmm—maybe Crab Orchard has crabapple orchards in the area?

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:50)

      I was thinking the same as Alice Mary, that there are or were crab apple orchards in Crab Orchard. I grew up in a Buffalo suburb named Cheektowaga, which is a Seneca Indian word for “Land of the Flowering Crab Apple Tree.” Crab Orchard would make an easy abbreviation for that phrase.

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      Comment on Metropolis, IL (December 13th, 2013 at 11:05)

      Metropolis, IL

      I have been there and seen the Superman statue. I was driving down the interstate and couldn’t pass it up 🙂

      I am suspecting it has to do with crabapples as well. Though I can’t shake the image of falling, pinching crabs. It would be a challenge to work in a crab orchard especially around harvest.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:12)

    I’d like to say Intercourse, Bird in Hand and Horse Cave (Ky). As a side note there is a Nashville in Illinois and Indiana 🙂

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:13)

    What a fun post! I’m partial to Fertile, Minnesota. We have lots of weird place names here in California–Squabbletown, anyone?–but alas, we’ve no Amish. Maybe they would settle in Hallelujah Junction if they moved here…?

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 11:12)

      Squabbletown, CA sounds like the black sheep twin village of Harmony, MN. I’d like to know the story behind that one.

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        Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 13:49)

        You got me to wondering about Squabbletown. (Isn’t Google the best thing since cardigan sweaters?)


        Now I’m wondering about Toad Suck, Arkansas….

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 27th, 2013 at 14:21)

      Interestingly, there’s a Climax, MN near Fertile, MN. I haven’t been to either but Harmony, MN is beautiful area!

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    Christine T
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:51)

    Isnt Intercourse near Paradise? hehe

    Blueball, Nanty Glo, Blacklick are in PA as well hehe

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:51)

    I like Dry Run in Pennsylvania — perhaps the founders were not especially convinced it would succeed? 🙂 Interesting post.

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    Robin Miller
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 09:56)

    10 Favorite Amish Place Names

    In Southern Maryland, St. Mary’s County to be exact there are Amish and Old Order Mennonite settlements. One place is Loveville and Morganza where the Mennonites live. It’s not unsusal to see them out and about in their open and black-covered buggies. The Amish settlements are in the Mechanicsville area, off of Three Notch Road. They drive the traditional Lancaster County style gray-covered buggies.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 10:09)

    Within a 50 mile radius of ‘Rosser’ (Amish community) Tennessee are: Skullbone ~ Brazil ~ Frog Jump & Possum Trot.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 10:13)

    One of my favorite Amish towns names is Mesopotamia, Ohio.. We love to ride motorcycles out that way in the summer & fall..

    I never knew there were Amish in Beeville Texas. When I was a kid, I lived in South Texas and my moms parents live in N Texas.. My mom would burn up the roads, making that 12 hour trip in considerably less time. We werent allowed to say Beeville, instead saying Bzzzville, because every time anyone said the actual name, my mom got a speeding ticket there.. haha.. She has no love for Bzzville. 😉 That was in the days before the interstate was built. Fun memories of those days.

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    loretta todd
    Comment on 10 favorite Amish places (December 13th, 2013 at 11:20)

    10 favorite Amish places

    We have a community (was once a town) that maintains its post office. During Feb. the post office has need of extra help.
    It is Romance, Arkansas and everyone want’s their Valentine stamped from Romance.

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      Comment on Yep (December 14th, 2013 at 06:16)


      Same thing happens in Valentine, Texas.

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    Comment on Mespo! Yes, and Antiville -- (December 13th, 2013 at 14:04)

    Mespo! Yes, and Antiville --

    — Antiville is a bit north of Portland in Jay County. Not much “ville” to it; just the sign and the turn-off to the house of friends. History as place name as fossil.

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    Comment on Blue Ball, Pa (December 13th, 2013 at 14:19)

    Blue Ball, Pa

    Blue Ball, Pa: north of Intercourse and west of Gap

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 16:20)

      Oh my. I blush.

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        Comment on lol (December 14th, 2013 at 00:39)


        Me, too!

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    Lydia Wallace
    Comment on Peasticks, KY (December 13th, 2013 at 21:02)

    Peasticks, KY

    Just visited the new settlement of Peasticks, KY. Brand-new, just acquired a Bishop, 5 families total (from Michigan and Ulysses PA) at present. Known as Slate Valley to David Luthy, but local folks don’t recognize this name. No idea, but would like to know, what this name signifies.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 13th, 2013 at 21:43)

    Another interesting post. I, too, love maps and can be quite content spending an hour or two just looking at maps. I have found the Delorme Atlas and Gazetters of individual states, with detailed maps of each county, to be helpful when I’m visiting Amish communities.
    Offhand I guess my favorite name of a new Amish community is Gravel Switch, Kentucky. I’ve wanted to visit it in 2013, but won’t make it, so will put that on my 2014 list. I was near Pleasureville, Ky., earlier this week and tried to find the new Amish community there, but didn’t have enough time to poke around and find it. That reminds me I need to get a 2014 Raber’s Almanac, because it lists the addresses of the ministry of most Amish communities and that’s a good way to find the community when I’m in a specific area. And thanks, Lydia, for sharing about Peasticks, Ky. I got to visit the Owingsville, Ky., settlement (Preston area south of Owingsville) this summer and was very near Peasticks. And by the way, I have found the Crab Orchard, Ky., and Harmony, Minn., communities very good ones to visit if you’re ever in those areas.

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    Comment on Strange names? (December 13th, 2013 at 21:51)

    Strange names?

    Though not strange sounding to me, as a native South Carolinian, there is Moncks Corner…next to Goose Creek 🙂

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    Michelle V. ~ Sunshine State
    Comment on 10 Fav Amish PL Names (December 14th, 2013 at 17:08)

    10 Fav Amish PL Names

    I have friends from Cuba and Friendship New York. They say there is an Amish Community there . Anyone have any details ? My friends were teens when they moved away and didn’t really take notice of specifics. Thanks ~ Michelle

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    Comment on Lucknow Amish (December 14th, 2013 at 21:44)

    Lucknow Amish

    I think I’ve been to Lucknow, and have, I think, sent Christmas cards to family friends living there in the past. I am reasonably sure that the name is pronounced “Luck Now”, being a Canadian with odd pronunciations, Lucknow isn’t hard.

    I just remembered, there is, or was, a village or small town in Ontario, probably somewhere here in the south, or maybe the “near North” called Utter. I remember this because they had a store where you could buy things with the town’s name on it, and one of the things that I and my family picked up, was a charming bumper stick that had a tagline “You Otter be in Utter” and they showed a grinning cartoon Otter happily splashing in a pond. Although I don’t know why they didn’t go with the obvious cow reference, or maybe I do.


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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on Lancaster Amish Town Names (December 15th, 2013 at 05:50)

    Lancaster Amish Town Names

    There is much speculation about the origin of the town of Intercourse. Although it cannot be verified. It centers around an old race track which existed east of the town. As you leave this town while traveling eastward on the Old Philadelphia Pike, there is a long straight stretch of of road where the track was located. This happened to be the entrance of the track and was originally called “Entercourse”. It is believed the name evolved to Intercourse which came into existence in 1814.Probably by some clown who thought he was clever (my words)> LOL

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      Comment on Also, (December 15th, 2013 at 21:13)


      there are multiple types of intercourse. We tend to think of it as it applies to sex, but there are other uses for the term. Granted most are somewhat archaic, but they are still valid.

      That said, I wouldn’t want to live in a town called Intercourse!

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        Comment on It's Not An Amish Place But (December 24th, 2013 at 12:04)

        It's Not An Amish Place But

        how many people want to live in French Lick, Indiana?

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 17th, 2013 at 07:24)

      Interesting to read as I was just wondering about the origin. Should have read all the comments first. 🙂

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      Comment on Controversy over NC schoolboy's T-shirt (January 2nd, 2014 at 07:32)

      Controversy over NC schoolboy's T-shirt

      A reader shared a recent story entitled “NC school irked by Intercourse Fire Co. shirt”


      According to the report from WXII 12, 11-year-old Art Lawrence comes from a family of firefighters, and had received the shirt from an uncle who serves as a firefighter in New Jersey.

      When Art wore the shirt to Huntsville Elementary School in Madison, N.C., one day recently, he was asked to change it. His family was not happy with the school’s decision, the television station reported.

      The report did not mention any connection between Art’s family and the fire company.

      Intercourse fire Chief Steve Diener said he heard about the incident Tuesday morning from a fellow firefighter at a local coffee shop.

      “At least it will be good advertising for the fire company,” he said with a chuckle.

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    MaryAnn Pepe
    Comment on OldKat (December 16th, 2013 at 06:12)



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    Comment on Oblong Man Marries Normal Woman (December 16th, 2013 at 15:17)

    Oblong Man Marries Normal Woman

    A man from Oblong, IL, married a woman from Normal, Illinois. Therefore, the headline, “Oblong Man Marries Normal Woman,” was published!

    In addition to Fertile, MN, there is also a Fertile, Iowa, as well as Manly, Iowa. The Iowa towns produced a newspaper headline, “Manly man marries Fertile woman.”

    Rocky Comfort, Missouri, doesn’t sound very comfortable to me. It’s an Amish settlement listed in The Budget newspaper.

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      Comment on Love the headline (December 17th, 2013 at 11:38)

      Love the headline

      Thank you Linda, we are thinking alike–Rocky Comfort was on my short list as well.

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    Michigan Mary
    Comment on Fun Names (December 16th, 2013 at 21:29)

    Fun Names

    Shortest town name?? Why it’s Ai, Ohio. And it’s said just that way, A-I. No Amish though….

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 16th, 2013 at 23:05)

    Monkey Junction, NC

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      Lauren Futch – North Carolina
      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 19th, 2013 at 09:50)

      Hah! Monkey Junction being near Wilmington,NC…I was born and raised about 20 minutes from Wilmington.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 17th, 2013 at 07:21)

    Great post! I love weird names like the examples you posted.

    As many people, I also like Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse. First time I heard about Intercourse in PA I was too young (as non-native English speaker) to realise how funny it was. Now I just wonder why on earth it got that name? Any ideas what the origin of both names is?

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 17th, 2013 at 11:28)

    What about Horse Cave, KY?

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 17th, 2013 at 11:30)

    I think there is also a Plain City in Ohio.

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      Comment on Plain City Amish (December 17th, 2013 at 11:59)

      Plain City Amish

      There is a town of that name in Ohio Char, however the Plain City Amish settlement was considered extinct as of 2011. It was over 100 years old. A shame because it was a great settlement name for the Amish.

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      Marcus Yoder
      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 17th, 2013 at 15:50)

      There are only about 4 or 5 elderly Amish women left of the Plain City area.

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    Lauren Futch – North Carolina
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (December 19th, 2013 at 10:10)

    Just for you Erik, I’ll start out with Poland, New York! 🙂

    How about Licking, Missouri?

    – Once a Lancaster daughter settlement that eventually went extinct, has been resettled by Amish from a different group in recent years. Not quite sure where the new settlers came from, although I would guess they have Swiss Amish roots based on the surnames found here.

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    muriel silverthorn
    Comment on crab orchard kentucky (November 19th, 2015 at 17:47)

    crab orchard kentucky

    Crab orchard ,kentucky not only does not have an orchard but certainly not a crab apple orchard. used to live about 20 miles from crab orchard in Waynesburg, ky.

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    muriel silverthorn
    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (November 19th, 2015 at 17:50)

    how about Russia, new york.

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    Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (April 10th, 2018 at 19:34)

    My great aunt lives in New Holland, PA, so I grew up with names like Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, and of course, Blue Ball, which is the next town over. There’s even a Blue Ball National Bank, BBNB.

    Some of the best town names I’ve ever heard were in Atlantic Canada. Shubenacadie and Tracadie are both on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Antigonish, too. But no Plain people live there, at least that I know.

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      Comment on 10 Favorite Amish Place Names (April 16th, 2018 at 09:58)

      Great names, CF, thanks for sharing 🙂

      I was just in Blue Ball the other week, there is a sign noting that the name comes from an old inn or hotel. Here’s what Wikipedia has on it:


      The name originates from the Blue Ball Hotel, built more than two hundred years ago, which stood on the southeast corner of the PA 23-US 322 crossroads. The inn was torn down in 1997.[2] In the early 18th century, John Wallace built a small building in Earl Town at the intersection of two Indian trails, French Creek Path (Route 23) and Paxtang (Route 322). He hung a blue ball out front from a post[3] and called it “The Sign of the Blue Ball.” Locals soon began calling the town “Blue Ball” after the inn. In 1833, Earl Town officially changed its name to Blue Ball. During Prohibition, the inn changed its name to Blue Ball Hotel.[2]

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