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In November 1977, residents voted for the name "Rancho Cucamonga" for their new city, but that doesn't mean that everyone 1. Likes the name. 2. Knows how to pronounce it. More via the Daily Bulletin: "Just spelling the name posed a problem. The late Esther Bolton Black wrote in her book on the original Rancho Cucamonga that there a variety of spelling variations from Cucamongabit or Coco Mango to Pokamonga and Cocomingu. And today there remains a disagreement on just how to pronounce the name. Most of us say 'Kook-a-munga,' but longtime residents maintain it is 'Cuke-a-munga' (as in cucumber)." [DB]