African Place Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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ITYOPPYA (Country) Eastern African, Amharic
Amharic form of ETHIOPIA.
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".
KĨRĨNYAGA (Mountain) Eastern African, Kikuyu
Kikuyu form of KENYA (the mountain).
PRETORIA (Settlement) Southern African, Afrikaans, Dutch, English
From the surname PRETORIUS. This is the name of a city in South Africa, named after the 19th-century Boer leader Andries Pretorius.
SENEGAAL (River & Country) Western African, Wolof
Wolof form of SENEGAL.
SOOMAALIYA (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of SOMALIA.
TIMBUKTU (Settlement) English, Arabic, Central African, Bamileke
Meaning uncertain. It could be derived from Songhai meaning "hollow, hole", or from Berber meaning "place of small dunes". This is the name of a city in central Mali. Descriptions of the city's wealth and remoteness first reached Europe from the 16th-century Berber author Leo Africanus. Since then the city has been used in Western Culture as a symbol for a distant, mysterious place.
TUMBUTU (Settlement) Northern African, Koyra Chiini
Koyra Chiini form of TIMBUKTU.