African Submitted Place Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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AGADIR   (Settlement)   English, Berber
Derived from Berber ⴰⴳⴰⴷⵉⵔ (agadir) meaning "wall, enclosure, fortified building, citadel". Agadir is a port city located in southwestern Morocco along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
ALGERIA   (Country)   English, Italian, Romanian, Malay, Tagalog, Igbo, Swahili
Derived Arabic الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir) meaning "the Islands", the plural of جَزِيرَة (jazīra) "island". The country's name is of the same etymological origin as its capital city's name, Algiers... [more]
AMURKA   (Country)   Hausa
Hausa form of America.
ARGENTINA   (Country)   English, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Swedish, Swahili, Turkmen, Uzbek
The name of the Country in South America. Argentina is a massive South American nation with terrain encompassing Andes mountains, glacial lakes and Pampas grassland, the traditional grazing ground of its famed beef cattle... [more]
ASHGABAT   (Settlement)   English, Yoruba, Scots, Occitan, Malay, Swahili, Irish, Indonesian, Welsh, Shona
Means "city of love", "city of devotion" from Persian عشق‌آباد (ešq-âbâd), a combination of Persian عشق ('ešq) meaning "love" and آباد (âbâd) "city". This is the name of the capital city of Turkmenistan.
BANGLADESH   (Country)   English, Breton, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Interlingua, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
Means "land of the Bengalis", from Bengali বাংলা (Bangla) meaning "Bengali" (referring to the Bengali people or Bengali language spoken by the Bengali people), which is ultimately from Vanga, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent (see Bengal) combined with দেশ (desh) "country, land, state", ultimately from Sanskrit देश (deśá)... [more]
BURUNDI   (Country)   English, Afrikaans, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Interlingua, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
The name of the Country in East Africa. Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
KASKAZINI   (Country)   Swahili
Swahili form of America.
LIDETA   (Settlement)   African
PUNJAB   (Political Subdivision & Region)   English, German, Malay, Italian, Norwegian, Welsh, Swahili, Dutch, Scots
From Punjabi پنجاب (Paṉjāb) or ਪੰਜਾਬ (Pañjāb) both meaning "land of five waters"; ultimately from Persian پنج (panj) "five" combined with آب (âb) "water"... [more]
RWANDA   (Country)   African
UZBEKISTAN   (Country)   English, Russian, Croatian, Slovene, Slovak, Swedish, Swahili, Indonesian, Serbian, Malay
The first element, Uzbek, is of uncertain etymology. One theory suggests that the name is a combination of Turkic uz meaning "genuine" and the Turkish military title beg meaning "chieftain, master", ultimately from Sogdian bek... [more]
VIRGINIË   (Political Subdivision)   Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Virginia.
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