I just heard the conference held in Washington due to the roit in the Congress Capitol

The mayor referred to the people who live in Washington as Washingtonians

and I remember people who live in New York are caller New Yorkers.

Similarly in Australia, people of Melbourne are Melbournians

but people of Syndey are Syndeysiders?!!

What is the rule of using -ian, -er, or -siders? for the people belong to a city?

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    I don't think there is a rule. It's probably usage. Jan 6, 2021 at 21:54
  • People from Liverpool are Liverpudlians. That always makes me smile. Jan 6, 2021 at 22:06
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    @WeatherVane, yes, a "puddle" is a small "pool". Jan 6, 2021 at 22:13
  • @RayButterworth thank you, that's why it makes me smile. Jan 6, 2021 at 22:14
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    Does this answer your question? Rules for forming demonyms
    – ColleenV
    Jan 6, 2021 at 22:19

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Such names are known as a Demonym.

Here are a few more:

  • Mancunians are from Manchester.
  • Guelphites are from Guelph.
  • Aberdonians are from Aberdeen.
  • Glaswegians are from Glasgow.
  • Minneapolitans are from Minneapolis.
  • Burqueños are from Albuquerque.
  • Waterluvians are from Waterloo.
  • Flemish are from Flanders.

The rule is that there is no rule.

You have to look up what each city has decided to call its citizens.

  • Ever since two of my children moved to Nashville, I've called them Nashvillains. Jan 7, 2021 at 4:49

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