River Place Names

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AMSTEL   (River)   Dutch
Means "water place" in Dutch. This is the name of a river in the Netherlands, which lent its name to Amsterdam.
CONGO   (River & Country)   English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
From Kongo, of uncertain origin, the name of a kingdom in central Africa that existed from the 14th to 19th century. The Congo River (also called the Zaire River) was named after the kingdom. Belgian and French colonies were established in the 19th century, named after the river, which eventually led to two African countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo.
DANUBE   (River)   English
From Latin Danubius, from Indo-European Danu, probably meaning "river, water". This is the name of a river which flows east through Europe to the Black Sea.
DANUBIUS   (River)   Ancient Roman
Latin form of DANUBE.
DEBEN   (River)   English
Means "deep" in Old English. This is the name of a river in Suffolk.
DEE   (River)   Scottish
Possibly from a Celtic root meaning "divine". This is the name of a river in Scotland.
DONAU   (River)   German
German form of DANUBE.
DUNA   (River)   Hungarian
Hungarian form of DANUBE.
DUNAJ   (River)   Polish, Czech, Slovak
Polish, Czech and Slovak form of DANUBE.
EUPHRATES   (River)   English, Greek, Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek
From Greek Ευφρατης (Euphrates), the name of a river in Mesopotamia. It is derived from Old Persian Ufratu, itself from Elamite or Sumerian, of unknown meaning.
FIRAT   (River)   Turkish
Turkish form of EUPHRATES.
GLYME   (River)   English
Means "bright stream" in Brythonic. This is the name of a river in Oxfordshire, England.
INDOS   (River)   Ancient Greek
Greek form of INDUS.
INDUS   (River)   English, Ancient Roman
From Persian Hindu, which was from Sanskrit सिन्धु (Sindhu) meaning "body of trembling water, river". This is the name of a river in Pakistan and India.
IORDANES   (River)   Biblical Greek, Biblical Latin
Greek and Latin form of JORDAN.
IRVINE   (River & Settlement)   Scottish
Derived from Old Celtic meaning "green water". This is a river and city in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
JORDAN   (River & Country)   English, Biblical
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.
KONGO   (Region, River & Country)   Central African, Kongo, German, Dutch
Kikongo, German and Dutch form of CONGO.
NEILOS   (River)   Ancient Greek
Greek form of NILE.
NÍGER   (River & Country)   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of NIGER.
NIGER   (River & Country)   English, French, Italian, German, Late Roman
Meaning unknown, possibly of Berber origin, though influenced by Latin niger "black". This is the name of a river in western Africa (and a country which is named after it).
NIL   (River)   French, German
French and German form of Nilus (see NILE).
NILE   (River)   English
From Latin Nilus, which was from Greek Νειλος (Neilos), possibly of Semitic origin meaning "river". This is the name of a long river in Africa.
NILO   (River)   Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Nilus (see NILE).
NILUS   (River)   Ancient Roman
Latin form of NILE.
ROE   (River)   Irish
Possibly from Irish rua meaning "red". This is the name of a river in Ireland.
SHANNON   (River)   Irish
Probably from Old Irish sen meaning "old, ancient". This is the name of a river in Ireland. It is personified by the goddess Sionann.
SINDHU   (River)   Sanskrit
Sanskrit form of INDUS.
SIONAINN   (River)   Irish
Irish form of SHANNON.
TRENT (1)   (River)   English
River in England, possibly from the Celtic elements tri "across" and sant "travel", a reference to its frequent floodings.
UFRATU   (River)   Ancient Persian
Old Persian form of EUPHRATES.
URAL   (Region & River)   Russian, English, German, Turkish, Bashkir
Meaning unknown, possibly from Turkic aral meaning "island, boundary". This is the name of a mountain range and a river in western Russia.
WYLYE   (River)   English
Possibly from a Celtic word meaning "tricky". This is the name of a river in southern England.
YAMUNA   (River)   Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit
Name of an Indian river, which is possibly derived from the name of the goddess YAMI.
YARDEN   (River)   Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of JORDAN.
ZAIRE   (River & Country)   Portuguese, English
Older name of the Congo River, said to be derived via Portuguese from Kikongo nzadi o nzere meaning "river swallowing rivers". This was also the former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
ZAIRË   (River & Country)   English
French form of ZAIRE.
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