15 of Alabama’s Hardest to Pronounce Town Names
I have lived in the Yellowhammer State for a total of 15 years. I worked in Birmingham for 14 years and now one year in Tuscaloosa. Alabama the Beautiful has some wonderful towns. I’ve lived in Pelham, Helena, and now Tuscaloosa.
I know that depending on where you are from, your pronunciation of towns can vary. I lived in Helena, Alabama, for five years, and it was often mispronounced. Helena, it is Huh-LEEN-ah, but some would say Hell-EE-Nah or Hell-Ah-Nah.
Traveling around the state of Alabama has given me so many stories to share. Some of my best visits have been to smaller towns. Like the one, I took to Oneonta, Alabama. I was on the hunt for the perfect fabric to recover a chair. The best meals are always at mom-and-pop-owned restaurants in small towns. I can still taste the cornbread salad. These travels also helped in learning how to say the names of the cities correctly.
After being in Alabama, you would think I could say Conecuh, but I can’t. It’s in Cuh-NECK-uh County. Here are my pronunciations of the towns that I feel like they are super hard to say. This always starts a debate.
Arab in Marshall County
Is it pronounced Ay-rab or I-rab.
Cairo in Limestone County
Dauphin Island in Mobile County
Daw-Fin Island – it’s not Dolphin!
Flomaton in Escambia County
Guin in Marion County
Helena in Shelby County
LaFayette in Chambers County
Is it Luf-fett OR La-Fay-It
Loachapoka in Lee County
Pintlala in Montgomery County
Oneonta in Blount County
Is it Oh-nee-on-tuh, OR Ahn-ee-on-tuh.
Opelika in Lee County
Oh-peh-like-uh or some say Oh-pee-LACK-uh
Tallassee in Elmore and Tallapoosa County
Tae-luh-see, but I hear people say Tallahassee. I’m like there is NO h in the Alabama city.
Uriah in Monroe County
Wedowee in Randolph County
If you have any towns that you would like to add to my list. Let me know on Instagram at @MaryKRadio
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