Place Names Starting with K

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KAILASH (Mountain) Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Possibly from Sanskrit केलास (kelas) meaning "crystal". This is the name of a mountain in the Himalayas that is believed to be the paradise of the Hindu god Shiva.
KAILASHA (Mountain) Sanskrit
Sanskrit form of KAILASH.
KANNE (Settlement) Dutch
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a town in the province of Limburg in Belgium.
KANTŌ (Region) Japanese
Means "eastern frontier", from Japanese (kan) meaning "frontier" and () meaning "east". This is the name of a region in central Japan, including Tokyo.
KANTOU (Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 関東 (see KANTŌ).
KARMEL (Mountain) Biblical Hebrew
Means "garden, vineyard" in Hebrew. This is the name of a mountain in Israel mentioned in the Old Testament.
KARPATI (Region) Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of CARPATHIANS.
KÁRPÁTOK (Region) Hungarian
Hungarian form of CARPATHIANS.
KARPATY (Region) Polish, Slovak, Czech
Polish, Slovak and Czech form of CARPATHIANS.
KASACHSTAN (Country) German
German form of KAZAKHSTAN.
KASHI (Settlement) Indian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Sanskrit
From Sanskrit काशि (kashi) meaning "shining". This is the name of a holy city in India, also called Varanasi.
KAZAKHSTAN (Country) English, Russian, Ukrainian, French
From Kazakh Қазақстан (Qazaqstan), from the ethnic name қазақ (qazaq), which is probably of Turkic origin, combined with the Persian suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". This is the name of a country in central Asia.
KENDAL (Settlement) English
From the name of the river KENT combined with Old English dæl meaning "valley, dale". This is the name of a town in Cumbria.
KENIA (Country & Mountain) German, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Polish
Form of KENYA.
KENIJA (Country & Mountain) Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of KENYA.
KENIYA (Country & Mountain) Russian
Russian form of KENYA.
KENT (Political Subdivision & River) English
Possibly from a Brythonic element meaning "border, edge, coast". This is the name of a historic kingdom and modern county in southeastern England, called Cent in Old English, Cantium in Latin. It is also the name of a river in Cumbria, northwestern England.
KENYA (Country & Mountain) English, Eastern African, Kikuyu, Swahili, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
The country is named for Mount Kenya, which in the Kikuyu language is called Kĩrĩnyaga meaning "the one having stripes".
KERRY (Political Subdivision) Irish
From Irish Gaelic Ciarraí meaning "CIAR's people". This is the name of an Irish county.
KHORVATIYA (Country) Russian
Russian form of CROATIA.
KHORVATU (Country) Medieval Slavic (Hypothetical)
Medieval Slavic form of CROATIA.
KIBRIS (Island & Country) Turkish
Turkish form of CYPRUS.
KIMBERLEY (1) (Settlement) English
Means either "CYNEBURGA's field", "CYNEBALD's field" or "CYNEMÆR's field". This is the name of towns in Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk.
KIMBERLEY (2) (Settlement) English
City in South Africa that was named after John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley (1826-1902). His title was taken from the name of the town of KIMBERLEY (1) in Norfolk.
KĨRĨNYAGA (Mountain) Eastern African, Kikuyu
Kikuyu form of KENYA (the mountain).
KITAJSKA (Country) Slovene
Slovene cognate of CATHAY, used as the Slovene name of China.
KITAY (Country) Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian cognate of CATHAY, used as the Russian and Bulgarian name of China.
KŌBE (Settlement) Japanese
Possibly means "shrine supporters", in reference to the families who tended the local Ikuta Shrine. This is the name of a city in Japan.
KOBE (Settlement) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 神戸 (see KŌBE).
KÖLN (Settlement) German
German form of COLOGNE.
KOLUMBIEN (Country & Political Subdivision) German
German form of COLOMBIA and sometimes of COLUMBIA (for example Britisch-Kolumbien for British Columbia).
KORDESTAN (Region) Persian
Persian form of KURDISTAN.
KOREA (Country) English, German, Dutch, Finnish, Czech
From medieval Latin Corea, itself derived from GORYEO, the name of a kingdom that ruled most of the Korean Peninsula from the 10th to 14th centuries. This is the name of two countries, North and South Korea. Hanguk and Joseon are the Korean names for the countries.
KOUBE (Settlement) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 神戸 (see KŌBE).
KOZŁÓW (Settlement) Polish
From Polish kozioł meaning "male goat". This is the name of several Polish towns.
KOZŁOWO (Settlement) Polish
From Polish kozioł meaning "male goat". This is the name of several towns in Poland.
KRAKAU (Settlement) German, Dutch
German and Dutch form of KRAKÓW.
KRAKOV (Settlement) Czech, Slovak, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Form of KRAKÓW.
KRAKÓW (Settlement) Polish
From the name of the city's legendary founder Krak, of uncertain meaning. This is a city in southern Poland.
KRAKOW (Settlement) English
English form of KRAKÓW.
KROATIA (Country) Norwegian, Finnish
Norwegian and Finnish form of CROATIA.
KROATIEN (Country) German, Swedish, Danish
German, Swedish and Danish form of CROATIA.
KUDÜS (Settlement) Turkish
Turkish form of QUDS, referring to Jerusalem.
KÜRDİSTAN (Region) Turkish
Turkish form of KURDISTAN.
KURDISTAN (Region) Kurdish, Arabic, English, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Russian
From Kurdish کوردستان (Kurdistan), from the Persian ethnic name کرد (Kord) meaning "Kurd" combined with the Persian suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". This is the name of the region in the midst of Iran, Iraq and Turkey that is primarily inhabited by the Kurdish people.
KYNASTON (Settlement) English
Means "CYNEFRITH's town" in Old English. This is the name of hamlets in Herefordshire and Shropshire.
KYPROS (Island & Country) Greek, Norwegian, Ancient Greek
Greek and Norwegian form of CYPRUS.
KYTAY (Country) Ukrainian
Ukrainian cognate of CATHAY, used as the Ukrainian name of China.