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Have you ever taken a glance at a world map and been surprised to see your hometown shares its name with somewhere in another country?

In a large part due to the British Empire and our country's colonial past, it's more common than you might realise, with at least seven instances of Suffolk across the globe, and there's also dozens of examples of Ipswich, Woodbridge and Brandon.

Some of these places have fascinating histories, including a Sudbury that's home to one of the biggest craters on Earth. Here, we take a look at some of the places that share their names with Suffolk and its towns.

Places that share Suffolk names around the world. Pictures: iStock
Places that share Suffolk names around the world. Pictures: iStock

Suffolk

From as far away as Canada and America, to as close as Northern Ireland - there are at least seven other places across the world that also feature Suffolk in their names.

Just over the Irish Sea is a suburb of west Belfast called Andersonstown, which is also known as Suffolk.

Further afield, Saint-Émile-de-Suffolk is a municipality in Quebec, Canada, which had a population of just 477 in the 2016 census.

Google Earth video shows places called Suffolk around the world

The parish was formed in 1889, with the name paying tribute to one Emile Quesnel of Saint-Andre-Avellin.

And over in America, there are at least five places called Suffolk.

There's one in Franklin County, south west Mississippi, and another in Fergus County, in central Montana, which - according to the site Planet Suffolk - only had nine or 10 households as of 2019.

An American Suffolk which has a much larger population is the city in Virginia, with 94,324 residents according to the 2020 census.

It's the largest city by boundary land area in the state, and among the top 20 biggest in the country by land area.

The settlement of Suffolk, VA, was established in 1742 by Virginian colonists as a port town.

Elsewhere in the United States, there are two Suffolk counties - one of which can be found in Massachusetts.

The population of the Massachusetts' Suffolk was 797,936 as of the 2020 census, making it the fourth-most populous country in the state.

Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop and Massachusetts' capital Boston, can all be found in the county.

The other Suffolk County is located in New York state, which, given that estimates put the population at more than 1.5 million last year, has the largest population of any of the Suffolks.

That's more than double the population of our Suffolk in the UK, which was 760,300 according to the 2021 census.

It also makes Suffolk the fourth-most populous county in New York state, after New York City's Kings (Brooklyn), Queens and Manhattan.

The Suffolk County website says: "The weather is temperate, clean water is abundant, and the soil is so good that Suffolk is the leading agricultural county in New York State."

It is the second largest county in New York by total area, occupying the central and eastern part of Long Island, in the extreme east of New York State.

Suffolk County is home to Fire Island Lighthouse which was an important landmark for many trans-Atlantic ships coming into New York Harbor in the early 20th century, because, for many immigrants, it was their first sight of land upon arriving in America.

The county has the most lighthouses of any county in the United States, with 15 of its original 26 lighthouses still standing.

Ipswich

Of course, it's not just Suffolk that shares its name with other places across the globe - the county's town moniker also crop up in a number of locations.

There are at least six other places called Ipswich internationally, with three in the US, in Jamaica there's two and one in Australia.

Across the pond, there's an Ipswich in Wisconsin, another is a coastal town in Essex County, Massachusetts, and a third is a city in Edmunds County, South Dakota.

Down under, Ipswich is also the name given to a city in South East Queensland, Australia.

Discover Ipswich says it's 'renowned for its historical buildings, incredible natural surroundings and unique cultural buildings'.

Among its notable residents is former Australian cricketer Shane Watson, who grew up in the city and went to Ipswich Grammar School.

Ipswich City in Queensland, Australia. Picture: iStock
Ipswich City in Queensland, Australia. Picture: iStock

And in Jamaica, there's also another town of the same name in St Elizabeth Parish, Cornwall, and a small community in the Portland area.

Brandon

If you were wondering which Suffolk town is the most popular across the globe, you might not be surprised to hear that Brandon takes that spot with almost 30.

Street view in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Brandon is the second largest city in Manitoba. Picture: iStock
Street view in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Brandon is the second largest city in Manitoba. Picture: iStock

There's more than 20 in the US alone, including cities in Mississippi, South Dakota and Iowa, which is home to an unusual roadside attraction in the state's largest frying pan.

Brandons are also on the map in Canada, in Australia and another, a former commune, in France.

Closer to home, one Brandon can be found in County Kerry in Ireland, where Mount Brandon overlooks the village, and there's four other Brandons in the UK - in Durham, Lincolnshire, Northumberland and Warwickshire.

Panoramic landscape of Brandon Mount in spring. County Kerry, Ireland. Picture: iStock
Panoramic landscape of Brandon Mount in spring. County Kerry, Ireland. Picture: iStock

Woodbridge

Woodbridge is also a fairly popular place name too - you can find more than a dozen across our planet.

While there are two in Australia (Western Australia and Tasmania), one is in Ontario, Canada and there's also a Woodbridge Island suburb of Cape Town in South Africa.

Woodbridge in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: iStock
Woodbridge in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: iStock

Over in the US, there's eight locations called Woodbridge, including one in Connecticut and another in Detroit, Michigan - which counts skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, who owns a second home there, among its notable residents.

And in the UK, two other Woodbridges can also be found in Devon and Dorset.

Newmarket

Here in the UK, Newmarket is famous as the country's horseracing headquarters, but there are several other places across the globe, which, while they don't share the town's equine history, do share its name.

Newmarkets are found all across the world - one is a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, and there's also a Newmarket suburb of Auckland in New Zealand.

One is a town in Ontario, Canada, which is where actor and comedian Jim Carrey was born.

Newmarket, New Hampshire, USA. Picture: iStock
Newmarket, New Hampshire, USA. Picture: iStock

In Ireland, there's two Newmarket towns, one in County Cork and the other, Newmarket-on-Fergus, in County Clare.

And there's also two in the UK - a hamlet in Gloucestershire and a village in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Meanwhile, the village of Trelawnyd, Flintshire, in Wales did share the name between 1710 and 1954, until it was renamed to its current moniker.

In the US, you can find two Newmarkets, one of which is in Missouri, the other being in New Hampshire.

And if we're not looking for exact matches in terms of spelling, there's also several places called Neumarkt in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, as well as a Nieuwmarket square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

There's also numerous examples of New Market in Bangladesh, India, Jamaica and more than a dozen in the US alone.

Haverhill

Meanwhile, there's at least seven places called Haverhill around the world - all of them in America.

Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA. Picture: iStock
Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA. Picture: iStock

The Haverhill city in Massachusetts is among these, and its population, at 67,000, is more than double the size of its namesake's in Suffolk, at 27,000.

Haverhills are also found in Florida, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Ohio and Minnesota.

Sudbury

As for Sudbury, the world is home to several different places that share the name - some of which have some pretty fascinating history.

In Ontario, Canada, you can find Greater Sudbury, which is the largest city in Northern Ontario.

The city is itself home to the Sudbury Basin - the second largest crater on Earth.

According to NASA, the object responsible for creating Sudbury Basin - believed to have been a comet - crashed into Earth about 1.8 billion years ago, making it fifty times older than Popigai, one of the world's most well-preserved craters created 36 million years ago.

There's another Sudbury in Ontario too, the Sudbury District, which surrounds but does not include the city of Greater Sudbury.

South of these places are the US towns of Sudbury in Vermont and of Sudbury in Massachusetts, where the 32.7-mile long Sudbury River is also found.

Over in Australia is a small coral reef called Sudbury Reef, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Queensland.

And here in the UK, as well as our Sudbury in Suffolk, there's also one in London, a suburb in the Brent borough, and a village in Derbyshire, which is home to country house Sudbury Hall as well as Sudbury Prison.

Eye

The Suffolk town of Eye has a number of namesakes in the UK, including a village near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, a village in Herefordshire, as well as Eye Peninsula in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.

In addition to these, an Eye can also be found in the US, in West Virginia.

Bury St Edmunds

While there's just the one Bury St Edmunds on the planet, there's a number of examples of Bury across the globe, in Belgium, Quebec in Canada, the Philippines, Sao Paulo in Brazil and France.

Closer to home in the UK, there's a Bury village in Cambridgeshire, a hamlet in Somerset, a village in West Sussex, and a town in Greater Manchester.

Others

Suffolk's other town names aren't found as commonly across the globe, but there are still some examples.

Mildenhall is the name given to a village in Wiltshire in the UK, while Hadleigh shares its moniker with another town just 50 miles away in Essex.

There's another Framlingham in Victoria, Australia, and while there are no other Needham Markets, the town of Needham in Massachusetts was named after the Suffolk location.

Meanwhile, our popular coastal town of Southwold has counterparts in Ontario, Canada and Zimbabwe.

And in Australia, there is a Felixstow (spelt slightly differently to our own Felixstowe), which is a suburb of Adelaide.

Have you visited any of these 'Suffolk locations' abroad? Let us know in the comments