When traveling Arkansas I have always been fascinated as to where the names of some of the towns in the state came from. I can't help to think that a bunch of good ol' boys, as we call them down south were just sitting around a campfire one day drinking and smoking some of that wild wood weed and just started coming up with unusual names to call their town. For example, Toad Suck, Arkansas residents have long had to explain their unusual town name. I'm not sure I want to know how they came with that name, but at least now they can add to the explanation that they have been recognized as having the “most unfortunate” town name in America.

People in seven English speaking countries has voted Toad Suck the top spot for unusual town names in America beating out Climax, Georgia and Boring, Oregon according to a Findmypast.com poll.

Findmypast, a genealogy website, decided to do the poll because, according to site spokesman Josh Taylor, “Some people are disconcerted to learn that their forebears came from somewhere called Toad Suck, Roachtown or Monkey’s Eyebrow.”

And if you are wondering why Toad Suck is called toad suck, here is the explanation from a local website:

Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn’t, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: “They suck on the bottle ’til they swell up like toads.” Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze.”

Now it all makes sense. The top 10 most unfortunate town names are listed below, in order of unfortunate-ness. See if you can think up a plausible explanations for the rest of them.

Toad Suck, Ark.
Climax, Ga.
Boring, Ore.
Hooker, Okla.
Assawoman, Md.
Belchertown, Mass.
Roachtown, Ill.
Loveladies, N.J.
Squabbletown, Calif.
Monkey’s Eyebrow, Ky

Wait a minute, I think they forgot one Booger Holler, Arkansas! I can only imagine how they came with that name. Kleenex anyone?