Common place name suffixes?

I found a few threads regarding individual ones e.g. -stan, -grad but I’m looking to make a comprehensive list. These can be for cities/towns or countries.

There’s the aforementioned -stan and -grad, also:

How many more can you come up with?

-wich, -wick



Ones I came up with without resort to searching the net:

-mont (e.g. “Glenmont, MD”);
-lea/-ley/-leigh (e.g. “Overlea, MD”)



The first that comes to mind is -pool (Blackpool, Liverpool). Wikipedia has a pretty long list of prefixes, roots, and suffixes in British placenames: List of generic forms in place names in the British Isles - Wikipedia



I come from Colorado. Places like Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins don’t really apply. :frowning:


-over and -dover?


Common on Long Island – Cutchogue, Patchogue, Aquabogue, Quogue,


And not really a suffix per se, but it serves a similar purpose: “Heights.”



Essex, Sussex, Middlesex, Wessex. Maybe I’ve forgotten one… but that’s still a pretty short list! :slight_smile:


In India:

-pore/-pur (Jadavpur, Kidderpore, Barrackpore)


-abad (Ahmedabad, Faridabad). These names only show up in areas that were once under the Mughals.

-thorpe - this is a viking suffix, quite a few of those around here.

beck - is another viking one




-neck (Aquidneck, Mass.)
-by the Sea (Manchester-by the Sea, Mass.)
-sur-Mer (Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
-head (Marblehead, Mass.)
-yard (Martha’s Vineyard)


-kill (in southeastern New York. From Dutch, I think, meaning stream. PETA got all up in arms about the town of Fishkill once, a few years ago, but there are tons of them.)

-ia. Alexandria, Venezia, Albania, Monrovia, Bolivia, Brasilia…

The OP’s -stan is my favorite. Dave Barry once joked about a former Soviet republic named “Stanstanistan”.

Also sometimes spelled -otte. At least, in one case I can think of.

Which isn’t, technically, a place name, since it’s the name of a place that named after a woman.