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Don’t Call Them Houstonites and Other Rules of Classifying Texans

You may never have heard the word, but “demonyms” are the regionalized names of people from a particular geographic area. It’s not as scary as it sounds. Demo is the Latin root of the word “people” and nym is the Latin root of the word “name.” People from America are “Americans,” to further break down that demonym, we have Texans, New Yorkers, Floridians, Californians and so on.

Not to brag, but everyone knows that the residents of the Lone Star State are called Texans. However, even if you’ve lived here your whole life, you might not know what to call someone from outside your own city. Texas demonyms break down into several categories: “-ites,” “-ans” and “-ians” among them. Read on to find out what to call people from all over the state of Texas.

In the Capital of Texas you’ll find plenty of…

Flickr/Steve
Flickr/Steve

The technical term for a citizen of Austin is “Austinite,” but many also proudly wear the moniker of “weirdo.” Further North you might find some Round Rockers. A little to the northeast, Pflugervillians are fond of bumper stickers that proclaim, “Pflugerville: stuck between a rock and a weird place.”

The largest city in Texas is filled with…

Flickr/Adam Baker
Flickr/Adam Baker

Similarly, a little further south toward the gulf, residents of Galveston are “Galvestonians.” The emphasis is on the “stone” sound in the middle: hou-STONE-ians. Don’t start calling the city “HouSTONE” though, it’s still “HOUston.”

The home of the Alamo is also home to…

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Flickr/David

Regardless of the lyrics of “Folsom Prison Blues,” it’s probably best for non-residents not to refer to the Alamo City as “San Antone.” Some San Antonians are reputed to hate that.

In Texas’ westernmost city you’ll meet some friendly…

Flickr/Visit El Paso
Flickr/Visit El Paso

El Paso is Spanish for “The Passageway,” but some locals just tend to call it Sun City, for obvious reasons. Others call it Chuco Town, for less obvious reasons.

If you go to the State Fair you’re bound to meet some…

Flickr/Daniel Lobo
Flickr/Daniel Lobo

And don’t mix up the Dallasites with the Fort Worthians. They are two very distinct cities.

For directions to the Cadillac Ranch, just ask some…

Flickr/David Yamasaki
Flickr/David Yamasaki

And if you’re traveling to Amarillo by mornin’, make sure to stop for some 806 Coffee when you get there.

Any time you head to a South Texas beach you’re bound to meet some…

Flickr/Ernie Jr.
Flickr/Ernie Jr.

Bring your binoculars for some first-rate bird watching while you’re there.

No Texans love Buddy Holly more than…

Flickr/Kent Kanouse
Flickr/Kent Kanouse

Two topics sure to be a hit with any Lubbockite: Buddy Holly and the Red Raiders.

On the way to Arkansas? Make sure to say hi to some…

Image courtesy of Stacy Shelby Glover
Image courtesy of Stacy Shelby Glover

Texarkana is a border city, half in Texas and half in Arkansas. The state line runs right through the courthouse, which makes it a popular photo op for Texarkanaians and travelers alike!

If you’re sending your kid to Steven F. Austin, better learn how to pronounce…

Flickr/Antwan L. Payne
Flickr/Antwan L. Payne

The spelling may be disputed between “Nacogdocheans” and “Nacogdochians” but it’s sort of irrelevant, because in true Texas form, it’s pronounced “Nack-uh-DOH-chins”, that extra vowel is just for show.

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Don’t Call Them Houstonites and Other Rules of Classifying Texans