Place Names Starting with Y
YAMATO (Country) Japanese
Possibly related to Japanese 山 (yama)
meaning "mountain". This was the old name for the area around the city of Nara, though it was later applied to the entire country of Japan. Chinese scribes originally wrote this name using the character 倭
meaning "short". However, this was revised to the more favourable 和
meaning "harmony" in the 8th century. The prefixed character 大
YORK (Settlement & Political Subdivision) English
, the Latinized form of a Brythonic name like Eburacon
meaning "yew". It was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic
meaning "pig farm". This is the name of a city in northern England. The American city and state of New York were named after the Duke of York (James II of England).
YOXALL (Settlement) English
Derived from Old English geoc
"oxen yoke" and halh
"nook, recess". This is the name of a town in Staffordshire.