Place Name JORDAN

TYPE: River & Country
OTHER SCRIPTS: Јордан (Serbian), יַרְדֵן (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JAWR-dən (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

River which flows between the countries of Jordan and Israel. The river's name in Hebrew is יַרְדֵן (Yarden), and it is derived from יָרַד (yarad) meaning "descend" or "flow down". The river has lent its name to the country to the east (in German, Swedish, Finnish and Polish this is only the name of the river, with the name of the country taking a different form).
VARIANTS: Jordanien (German), Jordanien (Swedish), Jordania (Finnish), Jordania (Polish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Urdann (Arabic), Iordanes (Biblical Greek), Yarden (Biblical Hebrew), Iordanes (Biblical Latin), Jordaan, Jordanië (Dutch), Jordanie, Jourdain (French), Yarden (Hebrew), Giordania, Giordano (Italian), Iordan, Iordaniya (Russian)
Entry updated December 8, 2017