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DAGESTAN (Political Subdivision) English, Russian
Combination of Turkic dağ
meaning "mountain" and the Persian suffix ـستان (-stān)
meaning "land, place of". Dagestan is a federal subject in southern Russia
situated in the Caucasus
DAHOMEY (Other) English
The name of the Kingdom. Dahomey Kingdom was an African kingdom that existed from about 1600 until 1894, when the last king, Behanzin, was defeated by the French, and the country was annexed into the French colonial empire.
DALKEITH (Settlement) Scottish
A small town in Midlothian, Scotland, south of Edinburgh. It is of Cumbric language origin. The first element is dal
, meaning 'meadow, plateau' (Welsh ddôl
) and chyd
, meaning 'trees, wood' (Welsh coed
DALLAS (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Texas
, possibly named in honor of American Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. Dallas is a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "meadow dwelling".
DARJEELING (Other) Indian
Darjeeling India is a part of India and is well known because Mother Teresa (1910-1997) went there in 1929 for missionary reasons.
DELAWARE (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the Delaware river, which was named after Lord De La Warr, from French de la guerre
or de la werre
literally "of the war".
DEMELZA (Settlement) Cornish
Name of a hamlet in Cornwall, sometimes explained as a contraction of Cornish Dinas Maeldaf
"fort of Maeldaf", but more likely derived from Cornish ty
"house" and malsai
DES MOINES (Settlement) English
Name of the capital and the most populous city in Iowa
, which derived from Fort Des Moines, which was named for the Des Moines River. The French des Moines
translates to either "from the monks" or "of the monks".
DETROIT (Political Subdivision) English (American)
From the French word, meaning “strait.” The full name of the city’s phrase is “le détroit du Lac Érie,” meaning “the strait of Lake Erie.”
DEVIZES (Settlement) English
Derived from castrum ad divisas, latin for “castle at the boundary”
DJIBOUTI (Country) English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches. It's home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert... [more]
DONCASTER (Settlement) English
A town in England located on the River Don. The first element is from the Roman fort Danum
, likely from an earlier Celtic settlement relating to the River Don. The second element is the Old English ceaster
, 'fort' (c.f Modern English castle
DORDRECHT (Settlement) Dutch
Dordrecht is a city and municipality in the Western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland.... [more]
DOVER (Settlement) English
Dover is a small, but important port town in Kent, Southern England. It is derived from the Brythonic Dubrās
, meaning 'water' (Modern Welsh ddwfr
, 'water, tears').... [more]
DUBLIN (Settlement) English, Croatian
From Irish dubh
"black" "dark" referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey on the site of the Castle Gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle.
DURHAM (Settlement & Region) English, Anglo-Norman
A cathedral city in the North-East of England. The name is derived from the city's Latin name Dunelm
, which comprises of the Celtic element dun
, 'fortress' (c.f Welsh dinas
, 'city') and the Old Norse holme
, which meant an island (referring to the peninsular formed by the River Wear).
DUSHANBE (Settlement) Tajik, English
Derived from Persian دوشنبه
meaning "Monday". Dushanbe is the capital city of the Central Asian nation of Tajikistan. It was formerly called Dyushambe
during Russian rule.