Submitted Place Names Starting with S
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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]
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.
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 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]
SARAJEVO (Settlement) Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
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]
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
, and Norway
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.
SEATTLE (Political Subdivision & Settlement) English
A seaport city and also the largest city of Washington in the United States.
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.
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
, and Gyeongsyeong
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 sæ
"sea, lake" and tun
"enclosure, settlement"... [more]
SHANGRILA (Body of Water) Pakistani, Tibetan
Shangrila is a name of Tibetan origin. The name means "heaven on earth". The name is mainly known in northern Pakistan. The "Shangrila Lake" in northern Pakistan is very famous among the country.
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]
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.
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]
SIKKIM (Country) English
Now part of far northern India, Sikkim was an independent monarchy from the 17th century until 1975.
SILOAM (Body of Water) Biblical
Hellenized form of Hebrew שִׁלֻּחָה (Shiloach)
, derived from שילח (shileach)
"to send out" and interpreted as meaning "a sending out, gushing forth (of water)". According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, the Pool of Siloam was a spring in the southeast corner of Jerusalem where Jesus sent the "man born blind" to wash and receive sight... [more]
SINAI (Mountain) Hebrew, English, German
Biblical place name, both the mountain upon which Moses
receives the Ten Commandments from God and the desert where it is located, found between Canaan and Egypt.... [more]
SINDH (Political Subdivision & Region) Urdu, Sindhi, English
, 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]
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
SKIPTON (Settlement) English
A town in North Yorkshire, England meaning "sheep town".
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
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.
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.
SOQUEL (Settlement) English
Soquel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States approximately 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco, and forms part of the north coast of Monterey Bay.... [more]
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 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
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]
SPLIT (Settlement) Croatian
Split is the second-largest city of Croatia and the largest city of the region of Dalmatia.... [more]
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 LANKA (Country) English
From Sinhalese ශ්රී ලංකාව (śrī laṁkāva)
which is ultimately from Sanskrit श्री (śrī)
"holy, splendid, radiant, beautifying, adorning" and लङ्का (laṅkā)
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.
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.
STUNGAIČIAI (Settlement) Lithuanian
Stungaičiai is located in Šilalė district municipality, Tauragė county, Lithuania.
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
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]
SUVA (Settlement) Fijian
Suva is the capital and largest metropolitan city in Fiji.
SVEALAND (Region) Swedish
Means "land of the Swedes" (see SVEA
). The Swedes were a North Germanic tribe inhabiting present-day Sweden. ... [more]
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]
SWINDON (Settlement) English
Previously it was called Suindune which could have been derived from the Old English words "swine" and "dun" meaning "pig hill" or possibly Sweyn's hill which was probably the owner’s name