You don’t have to look too hard throughout this state to find towns with odd names. In fact, unusually named Georgia towns are quite common.
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When we say unusual, we don’t mean tribal names or names after landmarks that are very difficult to pronounce. We mean there’s folklore behind the stories.
Ever receive a postcard from Santa Claus? Do you know what a Jot Em Down store is, or why there’s a community named for that? How about The Rock having its name due to a celebrity, but not the one you think?
Here are seven communities in the state that have really unusual town names. Some are suburbs, others are communities you could pass in a blink of an eye. All of these communities, despite their unusual names, help make the Peach State as wonderful as it is.
Santa Claus - Toombs County
A small city outside of Vidalia, Santa Claus is about as far from the North Pole as one can get.
With its motto of “The City that loves Children,” and a post office that becomes popular during the holidays, the country town is one that receives recognition nationwide.
Po Biddy Crossroads - Talbot County
Now there are some really rural areas in the state, but Po Biddy Crossroads takes the cake. Located on U.S. Highway 80 between Talbotton and Salem, the name remains a mystery. One legend is that there was a chicken named Po’ Biddy that the townsfolk had eaten, and well, he was commemorated at the crossroads. While the lone building there has a chicken painted on, we may never know the whole story.
Jot Em Down Store - Pierce County
How this South Georgia gem got its name is rather simple. There was a Jot ‘Em Down store in the middle of nowhere and a small community grew around it. The store closed in the ’90s, but the name remains. “Jot ’em down” was a common name for general stores because owners would jot down the products the locals needed to have shipped in.
Doctortown - Wayne County
No, this town just north of Jesup isn’t a haven for doctors. The town was named as an English translation of a local Native American tribe’s term “Alekcha”. It’s believed that a Native American doctor lived in the area during the late 18th century and the name stuck.
The Rock - Upson County
The town is not named after Dwayne Johnson, but something is definitely cooking. Within the area is The Rock Ranch, which was a cattle farm owned by late Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy. The ranch brings in many for family entertainment, but not much more exists there.
Hephzibah - Richmond County
A suburb of Augusta, Hephzibah is the biblical name for the City of Jerusalem in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. The city was originally called Brothersville, but changed when a church using the town’s current name came to the area in the 1800s.
Social Circle - Walton County
The story is pretty odd with this one. The people who would be the town’s founders were sitting around a drinking well having a conversation when a passerby said, “This sure is a social circle.” While this story isn’t 100 percent confirmed, the well remains in the downtown district to this day.
Other Unusually Named Georgia Towns:
In addition, here are a few more oddly named towns that didn’t quite make the list:
- Between: Also in Walton County, the town is named for its location between Atlanta or Athens, or Loganville and Monroe.
- Benevolence: In Randolph County, the town, much like Hephzibah, is named for a church of the same name founded nearby.
- Snapfinger: Located just outside of the Atlanta Perimeter in DeKalb County, Snapfinger is named for a creek that runs through the commuity.
- Ty Ty: Just outside of Tifton in Tift County, Ty Ty is named for a nearby creek noted for its Ty Ty trees.