Saturday, June 02, 2012

Know Your Irregular Demonyms!

A demonym is the adjectival form of a place name used to describe the people from that place. For California, for example, the demonym is Californian. But be warned: Not all demonyms work the way you’d expect. To avoid insult to your foreign visitors, please consult this list of irregular and unusual demonyms.

The people of Monaco prefer to be called Monagasque.

The residents of the English town of Manchester are Mancunian.

Those from the island of Cyprus are called Cypriot.

Those from the island of Crete are, unfortunately, Cretans.

If you’re from the Seychelles, you are Seychellois.

If you’re from Madagascar, you’re Malagasy.

If you’re from Halifax, Nova Scotia, you’re Haligonian.

If you’re from Oxford, England, you’re Oxonian.

Technically speaking, people who live in the Vatican are Citizens of the Holy See.

Citizens of Barbados are Bajan.

Those living in Mexico City refer to themselves as Capitalinos.

If you’re from the Belgium region of Wallonia, you’re a Walloon.

While the world knows the people of Peru as the Peruvians, they actually prefer to be called the Pervs.

Similarly, the people of Bhutan are the Booties.

Residents of Utah take great pride in their demonym, Utard.

If you’re from St. Kitts, you’re a Kitty Cat.

The people who live in Budapest are Budapasta.

You’ve probably heard the joke about people from Albania being Albinos. In truth, however, they prefer to be called Abba-Zabbas.

The people of Saskatoon generally prefer to be called the Saskatoodles.

Residents of Chad like to be called by their full name, Chad Ethan Allen Hollingsworth III.

When meeting residents of the Irish city of Cork, don’t call them Corkers. They’re actually Corky Thatchers.

Natives of the German city of Munich prefer the term Munchers.

Those who live in Antarctica just like to be called.

When discussing those from the isle of Lesbos, it’s best to tiptoe around the subject altogether.

And, finally, it’s very impolite to mention the fact that someone is from Fresno, so there is no word for that.


  1. We in Long Beach, CA go by Longbeachistani.

    1. Oh no. All my Schlong Beach jokes may have been in bad taste,

  2. Fact: No one knows the demonym for New Zealand, so they say "Kiwi," which is Maori for "I don't know."

    1. Fun fact about that word kiwi. The Maori call the bird that because that's what its call sounds like: "kee-WEE." It's very strange to hear and realize, "Oh my god, they're saying kiwi."

    2. Anonymous12:33 AM

      fact... dont be stupid. as well as a Kiwi you are also a New Zealander if from New Zealand.

    3. Anonymous6:11 PM

      Fact: people from New Zealanders are New Zealanders. Kiwi is in no way Maori for 'I don't know'. Don't know where the hell you got that from but it's a name very similar to the sound the kiwi makes. Maybe do your research before you post because honestly, people from New Zealand tend to be called New Zealanders more often then Kiwis.

  3. I've always wondered what a person from Arkansas is called.

    1. Anonymous2:58 PM

      Arkansawyers before the Civil War, Arkansans postbellum

  4. Anonymous4:32 AM

    "Saskatoodle"? In 47 years I've not heard that one time.

  5. Anonymous6:22 PM

    People from Del Mar, CA are Del Martians.

    1. I feel like this is racist against people from Mars.

    2. In Arcata California there is a planned unit development built on marshlands called the Marsh Commons. Official and legal documents refer to residents as "Marshons"

  6. Anonymous12:33 PM

    Men from Michigan are called Michiganders. Women are called Michigeese. Children are called Michigoslings.

  7. People from Bhutan are Bhutanese. Just sayin'.

  8. Anonymous5:39 PM

    ... half of these are wrong ... and not even funny wrong either

    1. Right, but only if you don't have a sense of humor.

  9. Anonymous4:54 PM

    People from Utah are Utahns, "You-Tahwns", not Utards.

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