Submitted Place Names Starting with P
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PÁEZ (Other, Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Spanish (Latin American), Native Paezean
Páez (also Paez, Paes; the autonym Nasa Yuwe 'Nasa language' is becoming increasingly used) is a language isolate of Colombia spoken by the Páez people. Ethnologue estimates 71,400 to 83,300citation needed
speakers, including 40,000 monolingual, out of an ethnic population of 140,000.... [more]
PALESTRINA (Settlement) Italian
The name of a town east of Rome in central Italy, apparently derived from Praeneste
, its ancient name.
PANAMA (Country) English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
The name of the Country in Central America. Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route... [more]
PARAGUAY (Country) English
The name of the Country in South America. Paraguay is a landlocked country between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, home to large swaths of swampland, subtropical forest and chaco, wildernesses comprising savanna and scrubland... [more]
PASADENA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in California
, from Ojibwe pa-sa-de-na
, meaning "valley of the valley" "crown of the valley" "key of the valley" or "hill of the valley". Although the Ojibwe had no ties to Southern California, Dr... [more]
PAVLODAR (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English
Derived from the name of Pavel Alexandrovich, a former Grand Duke of Russia. The city was originally named Koryakovsky
before Pavel's birth. Pavlodar is a northeastern city in Kazakhstan.
PAXSON (Settlement) English
This is the name of 3 places, two being in America and one being in Canada.... [more]
PENGE (Settlement) English
A suburb of London, England. Originally named Penceat, it appears to derive from Brythonic *penno
, 'head, edge' and *ceid
, 'forest, wood', so likely meant 'settlement on the forest's edge'.
PENNSYLVANIA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, literally "Penn's woods". Penn
comes from Pennaeth
, the welsh word for "head" "top" and Latin silvania
(from Latin silvia
) "wood, forrest".
PENRITH (Settlement) English
A town in Northern England. Its name derives from the Cumbric pen
, 'hill, top, summit' (Welsh pen
) and rith
, 'ford, crossing', (Welsh ryd
PENSHAW (Settlement) English
A village in Northern England. The first element seems to be Cumbric pen
, which means 'summit, head'. The most obvious explanation for the second is Old English sceaga
, meaning 'woods'... [more]
PEN-Y-GHENT (Mountain) English, Ancient Celtic
A mountain in Yorkshire, Northern England. In the Cumbric Language, the element pen
, exactly as in Welsh, meant 'head, top, summit', and y
, also as in Welsh, meant the definite article 'the'... [more]
PERSLEY (Settlement) Scottish
A small hamlet in North-East Scotland, now encompassed by the city of Aberdeen. There are several explanations as to the origin of the name of this small settlement:... [more]
PERTH (Settlement) Scottish
A city in central Scotland. The name is of Pictish origin and derived from *perth
, meaning 'bush, copse' (Welsh perth
, 'bush, hedge').
PETERBOROUGH (Settlement) English
This is the name of 2 cities, one in Cambridgeshire (UK) and Ontario (Canada), and 3 towns, one in New Hampshire (US), Victoria & South Australia (Australia).... [more]
PHNOM PENH (Settlement) Khmer, English
Means "Penh's hill" in Khmer, a combination of ភ្នំ (pnum)
"hill, mountain" and ពេញ (bpeuñ)
meaning "full", but referring to Lady Penh, a wealthy woman in Cambodian legend who built a new temple for the Buddha after a flood (today believed to be the temple of Wat Phnom)... [more]
PHOENICE (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Phoenice or Phoenike
was an ancient Greek city in Epirus and capital of the Chaonians.45
It was also the location of the Treaty of Phoenice which ended the First Macedonian War,6
as well as one of the wealthiest cities in Epirus until the Roman conquest.... [more]
PHOENICIA (Region) Ancient Greek
From the Ancient Greek: Φοινίκη, Phoiníkē meaning "purple country") was a thalassocratic ancient Semitic civilization that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the west of the Fertile Crescent.
PLOVDIV (Settlement) Bulgarian, English
"Plovdiv" is the British English form of the city's original Greek name: Philippopolis
, which means "the city of Phillip". It is also the Bulgarian evolution of one of the city's names: Pulpudeva
POMPEII (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Possibly derived from the Oscan pompe
"five", becoming the Latin second declension plural, pompeii
. This may be because the community formerly consisted of five hamlets, or was perhaps settled by a family group (gens Pompeia
PONDICHERRY (Political Subdivision & Settlement) English
Derived from Tamil புதுச்சேரி (putuccēri)
meaning "new town". Pondicherry (Puducherry) is the capital city of an Indian state of the same name.
PORTLAND (Settlement) American
In America, it is most likely used as a place name in reference to Portland, Oregon.
PRUSSIA (Country) History
Became a Duchy in 1660 and a kingdom in the following century. At its greatest extent it included the northern two-thirds of Germany and western Poland. Prussia, by World War II a federal unit of Germany, was fully disbanded at the end of World War II.
PUERTO RICO (Country) Spanish
Means "rich port" in Spanish. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos... [more]