Oh, yes. I’ve laboured on this topic often. How boring of me. Doubtful Sound inspired Lonely Farm and Lonely Farm inspired Lonely Sound.
But it’s true that these kinds of odd, lonely, wild names awaken something in me that claws to get out. Here are some of my favourites from around the world but mostly the good old mental-case United States of America:
Deception Falls, Washington
Joshua Tree and Ragged Point, California
Bitter End, Tennessee
Hell Gate, Queens
Medicine Hat, Alberta
Nothing and Why, Arizona
Odd Down, Somerset
Pity Me, Durham (thought to come from the French petit mere)
Dancing Ledge, Dorset
Mount Despair, Montana
They all sound like places where someone would go slowly and dangerously mad from loneliness in a Stephen King novel. Only that would require them to all be places in Maine.
Am I right? Tell me!