What’s in a Name? Some of the Best City Inhabitant Terms From Around the World

Many people travel to a new city and they suddenly realize have no idea how to refer to the people who live there. What are people living in Glasgow or Sydney called? It’s a quirk of language that some of these adjectivals and demonyms are totally and utterly bizarre, with inexplicable or long forgotten roots. Here are some of my favorite terms for the inhabitants of cities from around the world.

What are some of your favorite city dweller adjectives?


Saint Andrew Patron Amalfi Coast
Amalfi, Italy – Amalfitan

Bergamo, Italy – Bergamasque

Birmingham, England – Birminghamian (“Brummie”)

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Porteño

Cambridge, England – Cantabrigian





Grand Bazaar Istanbul

Cape Town, South Africa -Capetonian

Copenhagen, Denmark- Copenhagener

Cracow (Kraków), Poland – Cracovian (Krakovian)

Glasgow, Scotland – Glaswegian

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbulite






Las Vegas, Nevada – Las Vegan

Madrid, Spain – Madrileño

Manchester, England –Mancunian

Memphis, Tennessee – Memphian

Newcastle, England – Novocastrian (“Geordie”)



Circular Quay, SydneyOslo, Norway – Oslovian

Parma, Italy – Parmesan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  – Carioca

Sydney, New South Wales – Sydneysiders

Warsaw, Poland – Varsovian

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

11 thoughts on “What’s in a Name? Some of the Best City Inhabitant Terms From Around the World”

  1. These are pretty interesting. I always get a giggle at some of the nicknames. My favorite you listed is Las Vegan. Sounds like a Latino group who refuse to harm animals.

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