Submitted Place Names Starting with K
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KABARDINO-BALKARIA (Political Subdivision) English
Kabardino-Balkaria is a republic of Russia located in the North Caucasus region.
KAGOSHIMA (Other) Japanese
This is the name of a city, prefecture and shrine located in the south of Kyūshū in the south-west of Japan. The kanji used are 鹿 (roku, ka, shika) meaning "deer", 児 (gei, ji, ni, ko) meaning "child, newborn babe, young of animals" and 島 (tou, shima) meaning "island."
KAIYŌ (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a town in Japan's Tokushima Prefecture.... [more]
KALAMATA (Region) Greek
The modern name Kalamáta is a corruption of the older name Καλάμαι, Kalámai, "reeds". The phonetic similarity of Kalamáta with the phrase "kalá mátia" ("good eyes") has led to various folk etymologies.
KALISPELL (Other) Salishan (Rare)
The name Kalispell is a Salishan (Salish) word meaning "flat land above the lake". Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
KALISZ (Political Subdivision) Polish
Comes from Kalisz in west central Poland, which probably derives its name from Old Polish kal ‘muddy place’, ‘slough’.
KALMYKIA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from the name Kalmyk
, denoting the native people who originally inhabited the area. The Mongolian name, Халимаг (Khalimag)
, means "the people moving away"; ultimately from Mongolian халих (khalikh)
meaning "overflow, leakage, seepage, overpour", referring to how the Kalmyk people were originally Mongolians who "leaked away" from their ancestral homeland... [more]
KANSAS (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named after Kanas river, from French variant of Kansa
, native name of the Siouan people who lived there.
KANTOU (Region) Japanese
From Japanese 関 (kan)
meaning "barrier" and 東 (tou)
KARAKALPAKSTAN (Region) English
Derived from qara
meaning "black" and qalpaq
meaning "hat". Karakalpakstan is an autonomous region in present-day Uzbekistan.
KARASU (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a former town located in Japan's Mie Prefecture which merged and expanded, along with a few other towns and municipalities, into the city of Tsu.... [more]
KARELIA (Political Subdivision) English
Combination of Finnish karja
meaning "livestock" and the suffix -la
denoting place names. The Republic of Karelia is a federal subject in northern Russia, bordering Finland
KARLSTAD (Settlement) Swedish
's town" in Swedish. It was named after the Swedish king Karl IX who founded the town in 1584. ... [more]
KASHIWA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city in Chiba Prefecture in eastern Japan. It is simply derived from 柏 (haku, hyaku, byaku, kashiwa) meaning "oak" (or more specifically, daimyo oak/sweet oak).... [more]
KATHMANDU (Settlement) English
Named after the Kasthamandap Temple in Kathmandu, which is derived from Sanskrit काष्ठ (Kāṣṭha)
meaning "wood" and मण्डप (Maṇḍap)
meaning "covered shelter"; literally means "wood-covered shelter"... [more]
KATRINEHOLM (Settlement) Swedish
Swedish city located in Södermanland
. It was originally the name of a ducal residence located in the area. The residence was named after the owner's wife Catharina
KAVKAZ (Region) Russian, Chechen, Ingush, Karachay-Balkar, Ossetian, Ukrainian, Avar, Lezgin, Chuvash, Kazakh, Croatian, Bosnian, Czech, Uzbek, Macedonian, Serbian, Tatar
Form of Caucasus
KAZAN (Settlement) Tatar, Russian, English
Meaning disputed, although some sources say that the name of the city is derived from the Volga Bulgar and Tatar word qazan
meaning "boiler" or "cauldron". Other sources say that it comes from the name of the Kazanka River or that it was named after the cauldron-shaped hill the city sits atop of... [more]
KEBNEKAISE (Mountain) Swedish
Derived from Lule Sami giebnne
"cauldron" and gájsse
"elevated and pointy crest". Kebnekaise is the highest mountain in Sweden.
KEITH (Settlement) Scottish
A small town in Moray, North-East Scotland. It's name is derived from a Pictish word kit
, which meant 'forest' (Welsh coed
KENTUCKY (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally the name of a river, which possibly derived from the Iroquoian word wyandot
, meaning meadow
KENWYN (Settlement) Cornish
This is the name of a town and river, located in the south-western English county of Cornwall, which is called Keynwynn in Cornish. It is said that the name is derived from Cornish keyn
meaning "back, keel, ridge" and gwynn
meaning "white, fair, blessed."
KHAKASSIA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from the name Khakas
, referring to the native Khakas people (a Turkic ethnic group) who originally inhabited the area. The etymological origin of the name Khakas
is unknown. Khakassia is a federal subject of Russia, located near the border between Russia
KIELDER (River) English
A river and reservoir in Northern England. It's name could come from Celtic words cognate with Welsh clou
, 'fast' and dwr
KIEV (Settlement) Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, German, English
The name Kiev comes from a medieval legend about the founding of the city told by a Chronicler of Rus-Ukraine. It was three brothers, Kie, Shchek and Khoriv, and their sister Lebid, who were the founders.
KIRISHIMA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city which is located near the Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima prefecture in south-western mainland Japan.... [more]
KIRKCUDBRIGHT (Settlement) Scottish
Coastal town in South-West England. It derives from Scots language words meaning 'Church of St. Cuthbert'.
KIRKWALL (Settlement) Scottish
A town in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It's name is derived from Old Norse Kirkjuvagr
, meaning 'church bay'.
KIRRIN (Island) English (British)
Kirrin Island is the fictional island in Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five' series of children's books.
KIRUNA (Settlement) Swedish
From the name of the mountain Kiirunavaara
, composed of Finnish kiiruna
"ptarmigan" and vaara
"large forested hill" (from Northern Sami várri
"mountain"). Kiruna is the northernmost town in Sweden known for the Kiruna Mine, the largest and most modern underground iron ore mine in the world, and Esrange Space Center, a rocket range and research centre.
KITTIM (Settlement) Hebrew
Kittim was a settlement in present-day Larnaca on the west coast of Cyprus, known in ancient times as Kition, or (in Latin) Citium. On this basis, the whole island became known as Kittim in Hebrew, including the Hebrew Bible.
KØBENHAVN (Settlement) Danish
Newer form of Køpmannæhafn
, meaning "merchants' harbour".
KOGANE (Other) Japanese
This is the name of several towns, stations and mountains found in Japan.... [more]
KOMI (Political Subdivision) English, Russian, Komi
Derived directly from the name Коми (Komi)
, referring to the native people of the region. The word Komi
is a self-designation of the ethnic group, derived from a Finno-Ugric word for "man, human"... [more]
KRISTIANSTAD (Settlement) Swedish
Swedish city founded in 1614, named after the Danish king Kristian
IV. The city is located in Skåne
which belonged to Denmark until 1658.
KRITI (Island) Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Κρήτη (see Crete
). This is the name of the largest and most populous island of Greece, known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains.
KRK (Island) Croatian
Krk is a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea, located near Rijeka in the Bay of Kvarner and part of Primorje-Gorski Kotar county.
KUALA LUMPUR (Settlement) Malaysian, Malay, English
Means "muddy confluence" in Malay; a combination of کوالا (kuala)
meaning "confluence (referring to a point where two rivers or streams meet)" and لومڤور (lumpur)
meaning "mud"... [more]
KUWAIT (Country) English
The name of the Country in the Middle East. Kuwait, an Arab country on the Persian (Arabian) Gulf, has cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. Kuwait City, the capital, is known for its modern architecture, ranging from skyscrapers to the striking Kuwait Towers, water towers whose design recalls the tiled domes of a classic mosque... [more]
KYOTO (Settlement) Japanese, English
From Japanese 京 (kyo) meaning "capital" and 都 (to) meaning "city." Kyoto, Japan is known for it's beautiful shrines.
KYRGYZSTAN (Country) Kyrgyz, English
Means "land of the Kyrgyz"; a combination of Kyrgyz
—which itself is a mostly thought to be a combination of Old Turkish kırk
"forty" and uz
"tribes"—and the Persian suffix ستان (-stān)
"land, place of", "country"... [more]