The town of Ixonia, Wisconsin, came about because people couldn’t decide on a name, so six letters were randomly selected out of a hat and put together.
Naming is often a difficult task. Everyone wants to find the right name, regardless of whether they’re naming a baby, a book, a sports team or a town.
After a town in Wisconsin that lasted only five years was split into two, two new names were needed. The first was agreed upon easily as Concord, but the second wasn’t so easy.
The townspeople in the second town, called town 8, ran into the familiar problem of a dispute on what they should name it.
To solve this problem, they decided to take the naming out of their own hands and put it into the hands of fate.
They put all of the letters of the alphabet onto pieces of paper and then those pieces into a hat. They had a young woman pick out letters until a name could be formed. This finally resulted in the six letters that make up Ixonia. To this day it remains the only town in the country with this name.