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Texas Demonyms: Dallasites, Victorians, and Everything In-Between

Aug 10, 2016
Originally published on August 10, 2016 3:36 pm

From Texas Standard:

A demonym describes the inhabitants of a place. With so many cities and counties in Texas, it's hard to keep track of who is what from where. Word scholar W.F. Strong has a helpful list to keep you on track.

For places ending in “s”, add “-ites”

Dallas – Dallasites

Dumas – Dumasites

For places ending in “on,” add “-ian”

Houston – Houstonians

Denton – Dentonians

Sinton – Sintonians

For places ending in “o,” add “-an”

El Paso – El Pasoans

San Angelo – San Angeloans

Amarillo – Amarilloans

For places ending in “i,” add “-an”

Corpus Christi – Corpus Christians

Bucareli – Bucarelians

Miami – Miamians

For places ending in “y,” drop the “y” and add “-ian” or “-an”

Bay City – Bay Citians

Wimberley – Wimberleans

Albany – Albanians

For places ending in consonant or silent “e,” add “-er” or “-ite”

Edinburg – Edinburgers

Rosenberg – Rosenbergers

Fredericksburg – Fredericksburgers

Alpine – Alpine or Alpinites

Commerce – Commerceites or Commercians

Comfort – Comforters

For places ending in "polis," change "polis" to “-politans”

Montopolis – Montopolitans

For places ending in “a,” add “ns"

Odessa – Odessans

Riviera – Rivierans

Victoria – Victorians

A few unusual demonyms to keep in mind:

Alice – Alicians

Naples – Neoplitans

Liverpool – Liverpudlians

Oxford – Oxonians

Leander – Leanderthals

Martin – Martinites or Martians

Palestine – Palestinians

Marfa – Marfans or Marfalites

Moscow – Muscovites

London – Londoners

Refugio – Refurians

Falfurrias – Falfurrians or Falfurrianos

Mission – Missionaries or Missionites

Paris – Parisians

San Antonio – San Antonians

W.F. Strong is a Fulbright Scholar and professor of Culture and Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. At Public Radio 88 FM in Harlingen, Texas, he’s the resident expert on Texas literature, Texas legends, Blue Bell ice cream, Whataburger (with cheese) and mesquite smoked brisket. 

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