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MACEDONIA   (Country)   English
Derived from Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonía), which is the name of a kingdom (and region) named after the Ancient Macedonian people. In turn, their name is derived from ancient Greek μακεδνός (makednós) meaning "tall, taper"... [more]
MADAGASKAR   (Country & Island)   Croatian
Croatian form of Madagascar.
MAĐARSKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Hungary.
MADEIRA   (Island)   Portuguese
MADRID   (Settlement)   Spanish, Croatian, English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
Newer form of Magerit. The etymology is uncertain, but it could be derived from Arabic المجريط (al-Magrīt) "source of water". This is the name of the capital of Spain.
MAGHREB   (Region)   English
Derived from Arabic المغرب‎‎ (al-maḡrib) meaning "west, sunset"; ultimately from غرب (ḡarb) meaning "west, Occident". The root المغرب‎‎ (al-maḡrib) is also the basis of the name of Morocco (literally called "Al-Maḡrib" in Arabic)... [more]
MAINE   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, possibly from French Maine, a region in France (named for the river that runs through it, which has a name of Gaulish origin).
MAKEDONIJA   (Country)   Macedonian, Croatian
Original Macedonian and Croatian form of Macedonia.
MAKEDONIYA   (Country)   Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian
Russian, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian form of Macedonia.
MAKHACHKALA   (Settlement)   Russian, English
Combination of Makhach, the nickname of Dagestani revolter Magomed-Ali Dakhadaev and Kumyk къала (qala) meaning "fortress". In the Kumyk language, it is referred to as Анжикъала (Anzhiqala) meaning "pearl fortress" (анжи (anzhi) "pearl", къала (qala) "fortress")... [more]
MAKHAÇQALA   (Settlement)   Avar
Avar form of Makhachkala.
MAKKAH   (Settlement)   Arabic
Original Arabic form of Mecca.
MÄLAREN   (Body of Water)   Swedish
Derived from Old Norse mælir meaning "gravel".
MALAVI   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Malawi.
MALAWI   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating... [more]
MALAYSIA   (Country)   Malay, Malaysian, English
Combination of Malay Malay or Malaya and the Ancient Greek suffix -ία (-ía). The word Malay is derived from melayu or malaya, which in turn is possibly derived from Tamil மலை (malai) (from Sanskrit मलै (malai)) meaning "mountain, hill" and Sanskrit उर् (ur) "town, city, land"... [more]
MALDIVI   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Maldives.
MALEZIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Malaysia.
MALI   (Country)   English, French, Croatian
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa.... [more]
MALMÖ   (Settlement)   Swedish
Newer form of Malmhaug meaning "gravel pile" or "ore hill". Malmö is the capital and largest city of the Swedish county of Scania. Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, after Stockholm and Gothenburg, and the 6th biggest city in Scandinavia, with a population of above 300,000.
MALTA   (Country)   English, Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Turkmen, West Frisian
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
MANCHESTER   (Settlement)   English
A large city in North-West England. Manchester is an Anglicization of the town's Latin name Mancunium. This was likely derived from an earlier name in a language similar to Welsh. It may have derived from words equivalent to Welsh mamau, meaning 'mother', in reference to a local river goddess... [more]
MANILA   (Settlement)   English
Cognate of Maynilà. This is the capital of the Philippines.
MANITOBA   (Political Subdivision)   English
Name of a province in Canada, from Cree manitou-wapow or Ojibwa manidoobaa, both meaning "straits of Manitou, the Great Spirit",
MARBEIIA   (Island)   Mexican
old abandond island
MARIEFRED   (Settlement)   Swedish
Swedish town named after a charterhouse called Pax Mariae "Maria's peace". A combination of the name Maria and Swedish fred "peace" (pax means "peace, harmony" in Latin).
MARIESTAD   (Settlement)   Swedish
Means "Maria's town". It was founded in 1583 by Charles IX of Sweden and was named after his wife Maria of the Palatinate.... [more]
MARLBOROUGH   (Other)   English
Originating from the name of a market town in Wiltshire. Legend has it that the Mound is the burial site of Merlin and that the name of the town, Marlborough comes from Merlin's Barrow.... [more]
MARMARA   (Body of Water)   English (Modern, Rare)
Place name; the Sea of Marmara is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea in Turkey.
MAROC   (Country)   French
French form of Morocco.
MAROKO   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Morocco.
MARSELLA   (Settlement)   Catalan
Marsella is the catalan version of the city of Marseilles. It is a place name.
MARTINIQUE   (Island)   French
MARYLAND   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England.
MASSACHUSETTS   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named for the Algonquian native people who lived around the bay, from Algonquian massachusett "at the large hill," in reference to Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston.
MAURETANIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Mauritania.
MAURICIJUS   (Country & Island)   Croatian
Croatian form of Mauritius.
MAURITANIA   (Country)   English
Derived from Latin Maurītānia, itself from Maurus meaning "Moor" (referring to the Moors, a group of Muslims who historically inhabited the Maghreb in Northern Africa), ultimately from Greek μαυρός (maurós) meaning "dark"... [more]
MAURITANIE   (Country)   French
French form of Mauritania.
MAYKOP   (Settlement)   Russian, English
Means "the valley of apple trees" in Adyghe. Maykop is the capital city of the Russian Republic of Adygea located in the Caucasus.
MAYNILÀ   (Settlement)   Filipino
Derived from the Tagalog phrase sa may Nilà meaning "the place where there are nilàs". Nilà is referring to the flowering mangrove tree that grew on the shores of Manila Bay. The word nilà itself is probably from Sanskrit nila (नील) "indigo tree".
MEBANE   (Settlement)   English (Rare)
Mebane, NC
MECCA   (Settlement)   English
Possibly from Phoenician maqaq meaning "ruined" or Arabic mahrab meaning "sanctuary". The official name of the city is مكة المكرمة (Makkah al-Mukarramah / Makkatu l-Mukarramah) meaning "Mecca the Honored" or "The Holy City of Mecca"... [more]
MEDAN   (Settlement)   Indonesian, English
Meaning uncertain. According to the diary of a Portuguese merchant, the name is derived from Tamil மைதானம் (Maidhāṉam) meaning "ground" (or Hindi मैदान (Maidan)), adopted from Malay... [more]
MEDINA   (Settlement)   English
Derived from Arabic المدينة (al-Madīnah) meaning "the city". The city is also called المدينة النبوية (al-Madīnah an-Nabawīyah / Madīna-tu an-Nabī) meaning "the city of the Prophet" and المدينة المنورة (al-Madīnah al-Munawwarah) meaning "the radiant city"... [more]
MEHHIKO   (Country)   Estonian
Means Mexico in Estonian.
MEHIKA   (Country)   Slovene
Means Mexico in Slovene.
MEKSIKË   (Country)   Albanian
Means Mexico in Albanian.
MELANESIA   (Region)   English
MELLIEĦA   (Settlement)   Maltese
This is the name of a large village/small town in Malta. It may probably be derived from the Semitic root m-l-h which means "salt" in Arabic, thus it may come from Maltese melħ.
MELROSE   (Settlement)   Scottish
Habitational namefor a place near Galashiels in the Scottish borders, so named from British words that were ansetors of Welsh moel 'bare', 'barren' rhos 'heath'.... [more]
MIAMI   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in Florida. The name was first mentioned by Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, a captive of Indians in southern Florida for 17 years, when he referred to what is now Lake Okeechobee as the "Lake of Mayaimi, which is called Mayaimi because it is very large"... [more]
MICHIGAN   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally applied to lake Michigan, perhaps from Old Ojibwa (Algonquian) meshi-gami "big lake".
MIJANMAR   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Myanmar.
MIKLAGARÐR   (Settlement)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for Istanbul.
MINNEAPOLIS   (Political Subdivision)   English
Name of a city in Minnesota, from Dakota mni "river, stream" + Ancient Greek ‎polis "city".
MINNESOTA   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally the name of a river, from Dakota (Siouan) mnisota, literally "cloudy water", "milky water", from mni "river, stream" + sota "slightly clouded".
MINNETONKA   (Settlement)   English
Name of a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, means "great water" from Dakota mni "river, stream" and tanka "freat".
MISSISSIPPI   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally the name of a river, from Ojibwe misi-ziibi "Great river".
MISSOURI   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Illinois mihsoori, "dugout canoe".
MITSUE   (Settlement)   Japanese
This is the name of a village located in the eastern-most part of Nara prefecture in western Japan.... [more]
MOLDAVIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Moldova.
MONACO   (Country)   English, French
This is the name of a sovereign city-state and microstate bordering France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on one side.... [more]
MONAKO   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Monaco.
MONGOLIA   (Country)   English
The name of the country, located in east-central Asia, is derived from 'Mongol' (as in the Mongol Empire) which is said to originate from Mongolian mong/монг meaning "brave."
MONGOLIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Mongolia.
MONGOL ULS   (Country)   Mongolian
Mongolian form of Mongolia.
MONOIKOS   (Settlement)   Greek
This is the name of a 6th century BC Phocaean Greek colony, near what is now Monaco.... [more]
MONTEREY   (Settlement)   English
MONTREAL   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in Canada, from French le mont Royal "mont royal". Jacques Cartier named it after the nearby mountain, but it is uncertain how royal became real. A common explanation is that real is the Middle French form of Royal, but Cartier himself recorded le mont Royal when he named it.
MORDOVIA   (Political Subdivision)   English
Refers to the Mordvins, the native ethnic group inhabiting the area. The name Mordvin itself is a self designation adopted by the people, believed to be derived frm Scythian mard meaning "man"... [more]
MOROCCO   (Country)   English
The Arabic name, المغرب (al-Maghrib), is derived from المملكة المغربية (al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyyah) meaning "Kingdom of the West", referring to Morocco's geographical location in comparison to the mainland Middle East... [more]
MORVAH   (Settlement)   Cornish
From Cornish Morvedh, derived from mor "sea" and bedh "grave". This is the name of a small Cornish village.
MOSCOW   (Settlement)   English
Transliteration of Russian Москва (Moskva) meaning "the city by the Moskva River".
MOSKVA   (Settlement)   Russian
Original Russian form of Moscow, which refers to the city as well as the Moskva River.
MOURNE   (Mountain)   Irish
Both the name of a mountain range and a river in Northern Ireland, meaning "misty fists" from Irish múig "smoke, gloom" and dorn "fist".
MOZAMBIK   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Mozambique.
MOZAMBIQUE   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule... [more]
MYEQUAPE   (Settlement)   Circassian
Original Adyghe form of Maykop.
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