What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By Any Other Name would smell as sweet.

- Juliet Capulet, William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2)

In case your Shakespeare's a bit rusty, allow us to explain. In essence, Ms. Capulet contends a rose called by another name would retain its sweet fragrance and red-pedaled beauty. Put another more common way, a rose is a rose.

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In the tragic case of Ms. Capulet and her star-crossed lover, Romeo, the meaning carries in poetic fashion. Fast-forward centuries later to Gem State, USA, however, and the same sentiment lacks luster when it comes to the nicknames of several Idaho cities. In a word, they're underwhelming. Hardly a nod to the greatness of each city on the list, they lack the allure of a name that draws a person in, sparking their curiosity. Ashton, Idaho's nickname, for example, is the "Seed Potato Capitol."  It's almost as if someone woke up and thought, "Gee, we sure do have a lot of seed potatoes here. Let's just call it that and slap a capitol on the end." And the rest is poorly labeled history.

So what is it? Are we being too critical or do we just expect more for our beloved state? You be the judge. Check out our list of Idaho cities with names we consider boring or forgettable in every way.

  • Ashton - Seed Potato Capital
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Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
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  • Blackfoot - Potato Capitol of the World
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Photo by blackieshoot on Unsplash
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  • Boise - City of Trees
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Photo by Bryce Boehler on Unsplash
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  • Buhl - Trout Capitol
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Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash
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  • Coeur d'Alene - Lake City & CDA
The Coeur d' Alene Golf & Spa Resort
The Coeur d' Alene Golf & Spa Resort
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  • Meridian - The Center of the Treasure Valley
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Photo by Nadjib BR on Unsplash
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  • Nampa - The Heart of the Treasure Valley
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Photo by Pin Adventure Map on Unsplash
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  • Pocatello - Gate City & Poky
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Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash
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  • Wallace - Silver Capital of the World
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Photo by Scottsdale Mint on Unsplash
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  • Wendell - Hub City of the Magic Valley
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Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash
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So what is it? Are we being too critical or do we just expect more for our beloved state? You be the judge. Check out our list of Idaho cities with names we consider forgettable in every way.

  • Ashton - Seed Potato Capital
Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash
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  • Blackfoot - Potato Capitol of the World
Photo by blackieshoot on Unsplash
Photo by blackieshoot on Unsplash
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  • Boise - City of Trees
Photo by Bryce Boehler on Unsplash
Photo by Bryce Boehler on Unsplash
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  • Buhl - Trout Capitol
Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash
Photo by Hunter Brumels on Unsplash
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  • Coeur d'Alene - Lake City & CDA
The Coeur d' Alene Golf & Spa Resort
The Coeur d' Alene Golf & Spa Resort
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  • Meridian - The Center of the Treasure Valley
Photo by Nadjib BR on Unsplash
Photo by Nadjib BR on Unsplash
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  • Nampa - The Heart of the Treasure Valley
Photo by Pin Adventure Map on Unsplash
Photo by Pin Adventure Map on Unsplash
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  • Pocatello - Gate City & Poky
Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash
Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash
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  • Wallace - Silver Capital of the World
Photo by Scottsdale Mint on Unsplash
Photo by Scottsdale Mint on Unsplash
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  • Wendell - Hub City of the Magic Valley
Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash
Photo by Almos Bechtold on Unsplash
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Are You Mispronouncing The Unique Names of These Idaho Places?

Five Funny Business Names In Boise

I love when a business gets creative with their name. If you want my business, be creative! There's a lot of power in a name. Here are five funny business names in Boise.

5 Other Hilarious Boise Business Names

You thought it was over after the first list? I don't think so. There are many more funny business names in Boise to get to. Let's meet five more of my favorites.

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As a fellow dog parent and Idahoan, I can appreciate these clever, cute and local pet names!
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