Posted by: episystechpubs | May 1, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Domunym or Demonym?

Someone asked me yesterday about how those “in the know” decide what to call us city-dwellers (such as Seattleites or San Diegans). I can’t find any specific rule about how these names developed, but I did write an article about them a couple of years ago and referred to them as demonyms. (Click the link to read why.)

Rod L. Evans, Ph.D. refers to them as domunyms in his book Tyrannosaurus Lex: The Marvelous Book of Palindromes, Anagrams, & Other Delightful & Outrageous Wordplay (pp.195-197). Here is a selection from his book:

Domunym/Demonym Location
Aberdonians Aberdeen, Scotland;
Aberdeen, South Dakota;

Aberdeen, Washington

Accidentals Accident, Maryland
Arkansas Citians Arkansas City, Arkansas
Atlantic Cityites Atlantic City, New Jersey
Beirutis Beirut, Lebanon
Canatabrigians (or Cantabridgians) Cambridge, England;

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cestrians Chester or Cheshire, England
Corpus Christians Corpus Christi, Texas
Darbians (or Darbyites) Derbyshire, England
Fort Waynites Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Worthians (or Fort Worthers) Fort Worth, Texas
Dismalites Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia and North Carolina
Greensburghers Greensboro, North Carolina
Hamburgers Hamburg, Germany
Manxmen, Manxwomen Island of Man
Liverpudlans Liverpudlian Liverpool, England
Chunkers Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania
Hatters Medicine Hat, Alberta
Delhites New Delhi, India
Punxyites Punxsutawny, Pennsylvania
Rochesterians Rochester, New York
Rocky Mounters Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Cruzans Saint Croix, Virgin Islands
Tangerines Tangier, Morocco

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