List of palindromic places

A palindromic place is a city or town whose name can be read the same forwards or backwards. An example of this would be Navan in Ireland. Some of the entries on this list are only palindromic if the next administrative division they are a part of is also included in the name, such as Adaven, Nevada.

IssuesEdit

Because the names here come from a variety of languages, several issues arise.

Unbalanced diacriticsEdit

Diacritics are marks placed on or near letters to give them a modified pronunciation. Some languages treat such as completely different letters; others treat them as variants of the base letter. The latter group is summarized here. Only place names where the language of the country is in the latter group are included here when diacritics make for an apparent non-palindrome.

Turkic vowelsEdit

Some Turkic languages (Turkish, Azerbaijan, Kazakh) have two or more vowels that resemble the I. They are differentiated by the number of dots above the letter: zero, one, or two. These dots appear on both lower and upper case letters. For places in Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan, only those vowels that have the same number of dots will be considered equal here.

ʻOkina in Polynesian languagesEdit

The ʻokina is a consonant found in several Polynesian languages. It is pronounced as a glottal stop and is often represented by an apostrophe when the correct character ʻ is not available. Because English wordplay generally ignores apostrophes, it is common to ignore ʻokinas in deciding whether a Polynesian name is a palindrome. However, this list does not follow that rule. Unbalanced ʻokinas will not be found in this list. However that rule has not been applied consistently to the Arabic hamza, which also represents a glottal stop.

Palindromic place namesEdit

Palindromatic place names in the Latin alphabet are:

12 lettersEdit

11 lettersEdit

  • Wassamassaw, South Carolina, United States (with several variant spellings during the colonial era)[1]

10 lettersEdit

  • Saxet, Texas (United States)[2]

9 lettersEdit

8 lettersEdit

7 lettersEdit

6 lettersEdit

5 lettersEdit

4 lettersEdit

  • Abba, Imo, Nigeria
  • Abba, Georgia, United states
  • Akka, Israel, variant spelling (transliteration from Arabic) of Acre, Israel
  • Akka, Morocco
  • Alla, California, United States
  • Amma, Ilam, Iran
  • Amma, West Virginia, United States
  • Anna, Estonia
  • Anna, Arkansas, United States
  • Anna, Georgia, United States
  • Anna, Illinois, United States
  • Anna, Kentucky, United States
  • Anna, Ohio, United States
  • Anna, Texas, United States
  • Anna, Fars, Iran
  • Anna, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Iran
  • Anna, Voronezh Oblast, Russia
  • Anna, Valencia, Spain
  • Arra, Puruliya, West Bengal, India
  • Arra, Paschim Bardhaman, West Bengal, India
  • Arra, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Assa, Assa-Zag, Morocco
  • Atta, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • Ayya, Kapurthala, Punjab, India
  • 'Azza, Palestinian Territories (refugee camp)
  • Edde, Hungary
  • Edde, Lebanon
  • Egge, Buskerud, Norway
  • Egge, Innlandet, Norway
  • Egge, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
  • Elle, Central African Republic
  • Essé, Brittany, France
  • Esse, Charente, France
  • Esse, Cameroon
  • Esse, Pedersöre, Western Finland, Finland
  • Illi, Armenia
  • Illi, Tartu County, Estonia
  • Illi, Võru County, Estonia
  • Illi, Iran
  • Irri, Delta, Nigeria
  • Kuuk, Greenland
  • Leel, Nakodar, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • Maam, Ireland
  • Na'an, Israel
  • Noon, Oregon, United States
  • Noon, Washington, United States
  • Ollo, Navarre, Spain
  • Orro, Bihar, India
  • Otto, Indiana, United States
  • Otto, New York, United States
  • Otto, North Carolina, United States
  • Otto, West Virginia, United States
  • Otto, Wyoming, United States
  • Sées, Orne, France

3 lettersEdit

  • Aba, Hungary
  • Aba, Abia, Nigeria
  • Aba, Okayama, Japan
  • Aba, Haut Uele, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Aba, Sichuan, China
  • Ada, Alabama, United States
  • Ada, Kansas, United States
  • Ada, Minnesota, United States
  • Ada, Ohio, United States
  • Ada, Oklahoma, United States
  • Ada, Oregon, United States
  • Ada, West Virginia, United States
  • Ada, Wisconsin, United States
  • Ada, Serbia
  • Ada, Croatia
  • Ada, Karaman, Turkey
  • Ada, Osun, Nigeria
  • Afa, Corsica, France
  • Aga, Dakahlia Governate, Egypt
  • Aga, Niigata, Japan
  • Aia, Basque Country
  • Aka, Hungary
  • Aka, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Aka, Khuzestan, Iran
  • Ama, Aichi, Japan
  • Ama, Estonia
  • Ama, Ilam, Iran
  • Ama, Louisiana, United States
  • Ama, Shimane, Japan
  • Ana, Iraq
  • Apa, Satu Mare County, Romania
  • Aqa, Kermansha, Iran
  • Aqa, Lorestan, Iran
  • Ara, Jharkhand, India
  • Ara, Mazandaran, Iran
  • 'Ara, Israel
  • Aua, American Samoa
  • Aua, Neuenstein, Hesse, Germany
  • Ava, Gilan Province, Iran
  • Ava, New Zealand
  • Ava, Alabama, United States
  • Ava, Arkansas, United States
  • Ava, Illinois, United States
  • Ava, Missouri, United States
  • Ava, New York, United States
  • Ava, Ohio, United States
  • Awa, Tokoshima, Japan
  • Aya, Miyazaki, Japan
  • Aza, Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan.
  • Báb, Nitra District, Slovakia
  • Béb, Hungary
  • Dad, Hungary
  • Dad, Wyoming, United States
  • Ede, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • Ede, Osun, Nigeria
  • Ege, Indiana, United States
  • Eke, Gotland, Sweden
  • Epe, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Epe, Netherlands
  • Epe, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Ete, Hungary
  • Eve, Oise, France
  • Eve, Kentucky, United States
  • Eve, Missouri, United States
  • Eye, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Eye, Herefordshire, England
  • Eye, Suffolk, England
  • Èze, France
  • Fef, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Ibi, Burkina Faso
  • Ibi, Nigeria
  • Ibi, Spain
  • Idi, Indonesia
  • Iki, Nagasaki, Japan
  • Ili, China
  • Ini, Gilan, Iran
  • Ini, Nigeria
  • İsi, Azerbaijan
  • Izi, North Khorasan, Iran
  • Izi, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
  • Jaj, Lebanon
  • Kak, Cambodia
  • Kék, Hungary
  • Kik, Croatia
  • Krk, Croatia
  • Kuk, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kuk, Slovenia
  • Lel, Alicante, Spain
  • Lel, Perm Krai, Russia
  • Lel, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
  • Lul, Upper Nile, South Sudan
  • Mum, Kachin State, Burma
  • Nan, Thailand
  • Nan, China
  • Nin, Croatia
  • Obo, Central African Republic
  • Oco, Navarre, Spain
  • Ogo, Diourbel, Senegal
  • Ogo, Louga, Senegal
  • Ojo, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oko, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland
  • Olo, Western Equatoria, South Sudan
  • Ono, Ivory Coast
  • Ono, Fukushima, Japan
  • Ono, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Ono, California, United States
  • Ono, Kentucky, United States
  • Ono, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Ono, Wisconsin, United States
  • Oro, Estonia
  • Oso, Washington, United States
  • Oto, Aragon, Spain
  • Ōtō, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Oto, Iowa, United States
  • Oto, Missouri, United States
  • Ouo, Burkina Faso
  • Owo, Ondo, Nigeria
  • Oyo, Republic of the Congo
  • Oyo, Nigeria
  • Pap, Hungary
  • Pap, Namangan Region, Uzbekistan
  • Pep, New Mexico, United States
  • Pep, Texas, United States
  • Šaš, Croatia
  • Sis, Armenia
  • Sis, Azerbaijan
  • Sis, East Azerbaijan, Iran
  • Sis, Kurdistan, Iran
  • Sos, Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Sos, Lot-et-Garonne, France
  • Sus, Azerbaijan
  • Sus, Qazvin, Iran
  • Sus, Pune, India
  • Sus, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
  • Tát, Hungary
  • Tét, Hungary
  • Tit, Adrar, Algeria
  • Tit, Tamanrasset, Algeria
  • Tut, Lorestan, Iran
  • Tut, Markazi, Iran
  • Tut, Razavi Khorasan, Iran
  • Tut, South Khorasan, Iran
  • Tut, Yazd, Iran
  • Ubu, Nepal
  • Udu, Dalta, Nogeria
  • Udu, Sagaing, Burma
  • Ugu, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Uku, Estonia
  • Uku, Nepal
  • Ulu, North Khorasan, Iran
  • Ulu, Sakha Republic, Russia
  • Uru, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Utu, Estonia
  • Vav, Gujarat, India
  • Vīv, Ardabil, Iran
  • Vov, Azerbaijan
  • Waw, Bago, Burma

2 lettersEdit

  • Aa, Estonia
  • Ee, Netherlands
  • Ii, Finland

1 letterEdit


Palindromes that include abbreviationsEdit

Some place names make a palindrome when they include the abbreviation of the state or province they are in.

8 lettersEdit

7 lettersEdit

6 lettersEdit

  • Linn IL (variant name of Orio, Illinois, United States)[7]

5 lettersEdit

  • Lis IL (Illinois, United States)[8]
  • Roy OR (Oregon, United States)

See alsoEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Forwards & Backwards – Life of Brian".
  2. ^ Taylor, D. R. "Saxet, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Ellemelle, Belgium". Geographical Names. ITA (International Trade Association?). Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Oktahatko". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ "Uburubu". geoview.info. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Reber, NY". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  7. ^ "Linn IL". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  8. ^ "Lis IL". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.