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SACRAMENTO   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in California, from Spanish sacramento, in honor of the Holy Sacrament.
SAEKI   (Settlement)   Japanese
This is the name of a former town in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan and a ward of Hiroshima City, also in western Japan.... [more]
SAHARA   (Region & Political Subdivision)   Arabic, English
Derived directly from Arabic ‏صحارى‎ (ṣaḥārā), the plural form of صحراء (ṣaḥrāʾ) meaning "desert". The Sahara Desert in Northern Africa is the largest hot desert and third largest desert in the world... [more]
SAINT PETERSBURG   (Settlement)   English
Derived from German Sankt Petersburg meaning "Saint Peter's city", a reference to Saint Peter, a Disciple of Jesus Christ or Peter the Great, a Russian tsar. Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia and the former capital of the country... [more]
SAKARTVELO   (Country)   Georgian
Georgian form of Georgia.
SAKHA   (Political Subdivision)   English
Derived from Turkic saqa, saha meaning "cue" or "bat". The Sakha Republic (or Yakutia) is a federal subject in the Russian Far East.
SAKHALIN   (Island)   Russian, English
Derived from Manchu sahaliyan meaning "black". A misconception of the original Manchu word led to the present name. "Sahaliyan Ula" is also the Manchu name for the Amur River. Sakhalin Island is an island in the Far East of Russia, right above Japan.
SAKHA ÖRÖSPÜÜBÜLÜKETE   (Political Subdivision)   Yakut
Original Yakut form of the Sakha Republic.
SAKSA   (Country)   Finnish
Finnish exonym of DEUTSCHLAND derived from German Sachsen "Saxony".
SAN ANTONIO   (Settlement & River)   English
Means "Saint Anthony" from Spanish san "Saint" + Antonio, a Spanish form of the given name ANTHONY. The river was named after San Antonio de Padua by the first governor of Spanish Texas, Domingo Terán de los Ríos in 1691... [more]
SANDHURST   (Settlement)   English
Old English, meaning "sandy thicket of trees." A place name. In England, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (named after the village it is located) is the prestigious British Army officer training centre.
SAN DIEGO   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in California, meaning "Saint Diego" from Spanish san "Saint" + the given name DIEGO.
SANETA   (Settlement)   Indian
Town in Punjab, India.
SAN FRANCISCO   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in California, from the Spanish term for St. Francis of Assisi.
SAN JOSE   (Settlement)   English
Name of a city in California, meaning "Saint Joseph" from Spanish san "Saint" + Jose, a Spanish form of JOSEPH.
SAN JUAN   (Other)   Spanish
The name of the Capital of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital and largest city, sits on the island's Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos... [more]
SANKT PETERBURG   (Settlement)   Russian
Russian form of Saint Petersburg.
SARAJEVO   (Settlement)   Bosnian, Serbo-Croatian
Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name is believed to be derived from the term saray ovası meaning "the plains around the palace". The first element is derived from the Turkish word saray meaning "palace"... [more]
SAUDI ARABIA   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia is a desert country encompassing most of the Arabian Peninsula, with Red Sea and Persian (Arabian) Gulf coastlines. Known as the birthplace of Islam, it’s home to the religion’s 2 most sacred mosques: Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca, destination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, and Medina’s Masjid an-Nabawi, burial site of the prophet Muhammad... [more]
SAUDIJSKA ARABIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Saudi Arabia.
SCANDINAVIA   (Region)   English
Likely derived from the Germanic root *Skaðin-awjō meaning "danger, damage". Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe and usually refers to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
SCANIA   (Region & Political Subdivision)   English, Italian, Ancient Roman
English, Italian and Latin form of Skåne.
SCARBOROUGH   (Settlement)   English
The name of a city in England. It is mentioned in the folk song "Scarborough Fair" about a fair held in the Middle Ages. A notable version of this song is the one by Simon and Garfunkel.
SEDBERGH   (Settlement)   English
A small town in rural Northern England. Its name derives from Old Norse sed, meaning 'sand' and berg, meaning 'mountain', referring to the mountainous location of Sedbergh and possibly the sandstone hills.
SEJŠELI   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Seychelles.
SENEGAL   (Country & River)   English, Croatian
Senegal, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa. ... [more]
SEOUL   (Settlement)   Korean, English
Derived from the Korean word seo'ul meaning "capital city", which is thought to be from the word 서라벌 (Seorabeol) which is referring to the old capital of Silla, Gyeongju. The city was formerly called: Wirye-seong, Hanju, Namgyeong, Hanseong, Hanyang, and Gyeongsyeong... [more]
SERBIA   (Country)   English
Derived from Serbo-Croatian srbi and ultimately derived from Proto-Slavic sьrbъ meaning "ally", "Serb", or "Sorb". Serbia is a South Slavic nation in southeastern Europe.
SERDICA   (Settlement)   Ancient Greek
Latin and Ancient Greek name for the Bulgarian city now known as SOFIA. Named after the Celtic tribe Serdi.
SERKLAND   (Region)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for a region around the Caspian sea in the Middle East. The name is composed of Old Norse serkr "gown" and land "country". Serkland does not correspond with any modern country or region.
SETON   (Settlement)   English
A Scottish place, Seaton near Longniddry, "is so named because it was held from the 12th century by a Norman family de Sey, from Say in Indre. Other places of this name, for example those in Cumbria, Devon, County Durham, Northumbria, and Yorkshire, are mostly named with Old English "sea, lake" and tun "enclosure, settlement"... [more]
SEYCHELLES   (Island)   English
from the Seychelles Islands
SHIME   (Settlement)   Japanese
This is the name of a town in Japan's Fukuoka prefecture.... [more]
SHINJANG   (Region)   Uyghur
Uyghur form of Xinjiang.
SHIRETOKO   (Other)   Japanese
This is the name of a peninsula (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005) in north-eastern Hokkaidō in northern Japan. The kanji that make up Shiretoko are 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru, shire) meaning "know, wisdom" and 床 (shou, toko, yuka) meaning "bed, floor, padding, tatami."... [more]
SHQIPËRI   (Country)   Albanian
Means Albania in Albanian.
SHYMKENT   (Settlement)   Kazakh, Russian, English
Derived frim Turkic chim, shym meaning "turf, meadow" and kent meaning "city". The name means "green city". Shymkent is a city in Kazakhstan and was formerly named Chimkent.
SIAM   (Country)   English
Changed its name to Thailand in 1939.
SIAMANI   (Country)   Samoan
Samoan form of Germany.
SIBERIA   (Region)   English
Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests its derivation from Siberian Tatar Sib Ir meaning "sleeping land", while another suggests an origin from the ethonym Sirtya, Syopyr, an ethnic group which spoke a language that evolved into the Ugric languages... [more]
SIERRA LEONE   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in West Africa. Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation’s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King’s Yard Gate... [more]
SIJERA LEONE   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Sierra Leone.
SIKKIM   (Country)   English
Now part of far northern India, Sikkim was an independent monarchy from the 17th century until 1975.
SINDH   (Political Subdivision & Region)   Urdu, Sindhi, English
From Sindhu, the Sanskrit name of the Indus River; ultimately from the Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu) meaning "river, stream". This is the name of a province in southeastern Pakistan, the ancestral home of the Sindhi people.
SINGAPORE   (Country)   English
Derived from Malay singapura which ultimately comes from Sanskrit सिंहपुर (Siṃhapura) meaning "lion city", a combination of सिंह ‎(siṃhá) meaning "lion" and पुर ‎(pura) meaning "city, town"... [more]
SINGAPUR   (Country, Settlement & Island)   Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek, Bulgarian, Croatian
Form of Singapore.
SINGAPURA   (Country)   Malay, Indonesian
Malay and Indonesian form of Singapore.
SINHAPUR   (Country & Island)   Belarusian, Ukrainian
Belarusian and Ukrainian form of Singapore.
SIRIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Syria.
SIYMEN   (Settlement)   Bulgarian
SKÅNE   (Political Subdivision)   Swedish
Province and county in southern Sweden that was a part of Denmark until 1658. The name is likely derived from Old Norse Skáney (ultimately derived from the Germanic root *Skaðin-awjō) meaning "danger" or "damage"... [more]
SKELLEFTEÅ   (Settlement)   Swedish
Swedish city located in Västerbotten. The first element of the name is of unknown meaning, but is believed to be of Sami origin. The second element is -eå "river".
SKIPTON   (Settlement)   English
A town in North Yorkshire, England meaning "sheep town".
ŠKOTSKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Scotland.
SLOVAČKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Slovakia.
SLOVAKIEN   (Country)   Swedish
Swedish form of Slovakia.
SMARA   (Settlement)   English
Meaning unknown. Smara is a Moroccan-controlled city in the disputed Western Sahara.
ŚNIEŻKA   (Mountain)   Polish
Name of a mountain on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland, the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše mountains.
SNIR   (River)   Biblical Hebrew
It's a river in the Bible, near the Hermon Mount. Sometimes the Hermon itself is called "Snir".
SNOWDON   (Mountain)   English
Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa, pronounced ər ˈwɪðva) is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles south of the Scottish Highlands.e
SÖDERMANLAND   (Political Subdivision)   Swedish
Södermanland is a Swedish county and province meaning "land of the southern people". The southern people referred to people living south of Mälaren. The county is slightly smaller than the province due to that the eastern part of the province belongs to Stockholm county.
SODOR   (Other)   Popular Culture
This is the name of a fictional island where all the engines live in the TV-series 'Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'.
SOFIA   (Settlement)   Bulgarian, English
Capital of Bulgaria named after the Saint Sofia Church located in the city. The name was first used by Bulgarian tsar Ivan Shishman in the 14th century.
SOFIYA   (Settlement)   Bulgarian
Original Bulgarian form of Sofia.
SOLLEFTEÅ   (Settlement)   Swedish
Swedish locality located in Ångermanland, Västernorrland County. The first element is possibly derived from sol "sun". The second element is -eå "river". The river Ångermanälven runs through the town.
SOLZHA-GHALA   (Settlement)   Chechen
Local and informal Chechen name for Grozny, meaning "the city on the Sunzha River".
SOMALIA   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa.
SOMALIJA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Somalia.
SÖRMLAND   (Political Subdivision)   Swedish
Shortened form of Södermanland.
SORTOBE   (Settlement)   Kazakh, Russian, English
Meaning unknown. Sortobe is a small settlement located near the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The population consists mostly of Dungans, an ethnic group from China.
SOUTH CAROLINA   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, Named after King Charles I of England.
SOUTH DAKOTA   (Political Subdivision)   English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of indigenous people of the Great Plains, from the Dakota word dakhóta "friend".
SPALDING   (Settlement)   English
This is the name of several places in England, USA, Canada and Australia, including one located in the eastern English county of Lincolnshire.... [more]
SPANIA   (Region)   Romanian
Romanian form of Spain.
SPĀNIJA   (Country)   Latvian
Means Spain in Latvian.
SPANISH SAHARA   (Region)   History
ŠPANJOLSKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Spain.
SRBIJA   (Country)   Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of Serbia.
SREDETS   (Settlement)   Bulgarian
Original Bulgarian name of SOFIA in use until the 18th century. It is also the name of a city in southeastern Bulgaria.
SRI JAYAWARDENEPURA KOTTE   (Settlement)   Sinhalese, English
Means "the blessed fortress city of growing victory" or "fortified city of victory" in Sinhalese. This is the name of the capital city of Sri Lanka.
ŠRI LANKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Sri Lanka.
SRI LANKA   (Country)   English
From Sinhalese ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (ś‍rī laṁkāva) which is ultimately from Sanskrit श्री (śrī) "holy, splendid, radiant, beautifying, adorning" and लङ्का (laṅkā) "island"... [more]
STATHAM   (Settlement)   English
This is the name of a hamlet in the civil parish of Lymm, part of the borough of Warrington in Cheshire (Lancashire before 1974) in northern England. See Statham on the surname site for more information.
STIRLING   (Settlement)   Scottish
A city in Central Scotland. The exact origin is unknown. However, given the town's fame, several theories have emerged:... [more]
STOCKHOLM   (Settlement)   Swedish
Swedish stock "log" or Old German stock "fortification" combined with holm "islet". The islet probably referred to Helgeandsholmen in central Stockholm. The earliest written mention of the name dates back to 1252.
STORBRITANNIEN   (Region)   Swedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish form of Great Britain, also used when referring to United Kingdom.
ST QUIVOX   (Settlement)   Scottish
STRANRAER   (Settlement)   Scottish
A port town in South-West Scotland. Its name derives from Gaelic An t-Sròn Reamhar, literally meaning 'the fat nose', but which more prosaically might be rendered as 'the broad headland', referring to the local geography.
SUDAN   (Country)   English, Croatian
The Sudan or Sudan, also known as North Sudan since South Sudan's independence and officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northern Africa. ... [more]
SUMATRA   (Island)   English
The name of the Island in Indonesia. Sumatra, a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula, is known for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and smoldering volcanoes. To the north, the city of Banda Aceh, which was devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has a museum commemorating the disaster... [more]
SUNDERLAND   (Settlement)   English
A port city in North-East England. Derives from Old English sundor, 'separate' (c.f German sondern, 'but, instead') and land, 'land'.
SURINAM   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Suriname.
SURINAME   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in South America. Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It's defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture... [more]
SVAZI   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Swaziland.
SVEALAND   (Region)   Swedish
Means "land of the Swedes" (see SVEA). The Swedes were a North Germanic tribe inhabiting present-day Sweden. ... [more]
SVEA RIKE   (Country)   Swedish (Archaic)
Older form of Sverige.
SVECIA   (Country)   Ancient Roman
Latin form of SVERIGE.
SVÉDORSZÁG   (Country)   Hungarian
Means Sweden in Hungarian.
ŠVEDSKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Sweden.
SVETI TOMA I PRINCIP   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of São Tomé and Príncipe.
ŠVICARSKA   (Country)   Croatian
Croatian form of Switzerland.
SVÍÞJÓÐ   (Country)   Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Icelandic and Old Norse form of SVERIGE.
SWAZILAND   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in Southern Africa. Swaziland, a small, landlocked monarchy in southern Africa, is known for its wilderness reserves and festivals showcasing traditional Swazi culture. Marking its northeastern border with Mozambique and stretching down to South Africa, the Lebombo Mountains are a backdrop for Mlawula Nature Reserve’s many hiking trails... [more]
SWITZERLAND   (Country)   English
The name of the Country in Europe. Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain medieval quarters, with landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge... [more]
ŞYMKENT   (Settlement)   Kazakh
Kazakh variant of Shymkent.
SYRIA   (Country)   English
Derived from Luwian Sura/i and the derivative ancient Greek Σύριοι (Sýrioi) or Σύροι (Sýroi), which are all from Aššūrāyu, referring to the ancient civilization of Assyria in Mesopotamia... [more]
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