MACARENA (Settlement) Spanish
Barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple that may have been named for a person Macarius
MAGHRIB (Region & Country) Arabic
From Arabic المغرب (al-Maghrib)
meaning "the place of the sunset, the west"
. This is the Arabic name of Morocco
as well as the entire region of western North Africa (known as the Maghreb
in English). In Arabic the name is usually written with the definite article: المغرب (al-Maghrib)
MAGYARORSZÁG (Country) Hungarian
Hungarian name for the country of HUNGARY
, derived from magyar
meaning "Hungarian" and ország
meaning "country". Magyar
itself is derived from a combination of two Uralic roots both meaning "man".
MALLEVILLE (Settlement) French
Means "bad town"
in Norman French. This is the name of communes in Normandy, France.
MANFREDONIA (Settlement) Italian
From the given name MANFREDI
, referring to a 13th-century king of Sicily. This is the name of a town in Apulia, Italy, founded by King Manfred on the site of the Roman city of Sipontum.
MARCHE (Political Subdivision) Italian, English
From the plural of Late Latin marca
meaning "borderland, march"
, of Germanic origin. This is the name of a region in central Italy, named for the March of Ancona, a frontier region in the Carolingian Empire.
MARLOW (Settlement) English
Means "remnants of a lake"
in Old English, from mere
"lake" and lafe
"remnants, remains". This is the name of a town in Buckinghamshire, England.
MASSY (Settlement) French
Derived from Maccius
, a Gallo-Roman name of unknown meaning. This is the name of several communes in France.
MAXWELL (Settlement) Scottish
Means "Mack's stream"
, from the name Mack
, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS
, combined with Old English well
"well stream". This is the name of a place in Roxburghshire, Scotland.
MAYLIS (Settlement) French
Possibly derived from Occitan mair
"mother" and French lys
"lily". This is the name of a commune in southern France.
MEIßEN (Settlement) German
Probably of Slavic origin. This is the name of a town in eastern Germany.
MEMPHIS (Settlement) English, Ancient Egyptian (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Mn-nfr
meaning "enduring beauty"
. This was the name of an important city in Lower Egypt, serving as the capital during the Old Kingdom period. It acquired its current name in the New Kingdom period from a nearby pyramid of Pepi I. This is also the name of a city in Tennessee.
MENDOZA (Settlement) Basque
From Basque mendi
"mountain" and hotz
"cold". This is the name of a town in Álava, Spain.
MEXICO (Country & Settlement) English, French
From Spanish México
, itself derived from Nahuatl Mehxico
. There are many theories regarding the ultimate origin, including Nahuatl metztli
meaning "moon" combined with xictli
meaning "navel". This is the name of a country in North America, as well as its capital city (the country is named after the city). In French Mexico
is the name of the capital city, while the country is called Mexique
MEXIQUE (Country) French
French form of MEXICO
(referring only to the country, not the capital city).
MILAN (Settlement) English, French
From Latin Mediolanum
, perhaps derived from Celtic elements meaning "middle of the plain"
. This is the name of a major city in Italy.
MONGOLIA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) English, Spanish, Italian
From Mongolian монгол (mongol)
, the name for the Mongolian people, possibly from монг (mong)
meaning "brave". This the name of a region in eastern Asia, now divided between the country of Mongolia (historically called Outer Mongolia) and the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
MONTANA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Latin montanus "mountainous"
. This is the name of an American state.
MONTGOMERY (Settlement) French
Means "GUMARICH's mountain"
in Norman French. This is the name of communes in Calvados, France.
MORAY (Region & Political Subdivision) Scottish
From Gaelic Muireb
meaning "seaboard settlement"
. This is the name of a historical region in Scotland, as well as a modern council area.
MOROCCO (Country) English
The name of a country in North Africa, named after the city MARRAKESH
. In Arabic the country is named al-Maghrib
MOUKO (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 蒙古
MOZAMBIQUE (Island & Country) English, French, Spanish, Dutch
From the name of an island off the southeastern coast of Africa, named Moçambique
by the Portuguese after the 15th-century local sultan موسى بن بيك
(Musa bin Bik). This island became the region's Portuguese colonial capital in the 16th century, and the name was eventually applied to a large area of mainland Africa. Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1974.
MYANMAR (Country) English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, Indian, Hindi
From Burmese မြန်မာ (Myanma)
, the name of the main Burmese ethnic group (also called the Bamar), which is of unknown origin. This is the name of a country in southeastern Asia. It was formerly called Burma
, derived from a variant of this term.