List of Common and Proper Nouns

Common Noun Practice

Common nouns are nouns that name a general person, place, or thing. See the following lists of common and proper nouns to learn the differences:

  • I like the painting vs. I like the Van Gough
  • She owns a car vs. she owns a Toyota

A common noun must fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Abstract nouns: Things you can’t see or touch (e.g., sadness, hope, justice).
  • Collective nouns: Describe groups (e.g., class, jury, team).
  • Compound nouns: Nouns made up of more than one word (e.g., bus stop, haircut, sunrise, sister-in-law).
  • Concrete nouns: Things you can see or touch (e.g., door, table, dish).
  • Non-countable nouns: Objects or ideas you can’t count, that lack a plural form (e.g., music, oxygen).
  • Gender-specific nouns: Things which are male or female (e.g., mother, father, waitress).
  • Verbal nouns, also called gerunds: Describe actions and always end in -ing (e.g., reading helps you learn English).

Studying common noun lists can help students differentiate between the two very quickly. See below for examples of a list of common nouns to study with your students!

Proper Noun Practice Lits

Proper nouns name a specific person, place, or thing and are almost always capitalized. People’s names are proper nouns, as are the names of states, streets, rivers, oceans, countries, companies, institutions, churches, etc. (e.g., I want to live in Chicago vs. I want to live in the city). Creating a proper nouns list for you students, keeping grade level in mind, is a great way to help them retain the concepts of these words!

To help students understand the difference between common and proper nouns, give them 10 statements that include a wide variety of proper nouns. Some of the proper nouns should be properly capitalized and others should be erroneously uncapitalized; also, some common nouns might be erroneously capitalized. Have students edit the statements so all proper nouns are capitalized and all common nouns are lowercase. This activity, paired with common and proper noun online games, can help students have fun while learning their lists of common and proper nouns!

List of Common & Proper NounsView the Common Core State Standards Related to Common and Proper NounsClose

Common Core State Standards Related to Common and Proper Nouns

Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Capitalize holidays, product names, and geographic names.

Identify real-life connections between words and their use.

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Common Nouns List – People: athlete, magician, teacher, friend, neighbor, doctor, principal, architect, passenger, scientist

Common Nouns List – Places: park, office, museum, mountain, school, stadium, country, restaurant, continent, airport

Common Nouns List – Objects/Things: needle, vacuum, table, suitcase, ointment, creature, crayon, parcel, gargoyle, computer

Proper Nouns List – People: Helen Keller, Paul Bunyan, Frankenstein, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Zeus

Proper Nouns List – Places: Florida, Australia, Wednesday, February, Paris, Saturn, Indian Ocean, Europe, Amazon River, Grand Canyon provides lists of common and proper nouns, printables, and interactive common and proper noun online games and activities that give students the opportunity to use and practice these words.

Try Paragraph Writing Practice with the Common Nouns – Places list for an engaging common and proper noun online game.

Common & Proper Noun Online Games

Use VocabularySpellingCity’s word lists and games to help students learn the differences of common nouns vs. proper nouns!