Ancient Submitted Place Names

These names were used in various ancient regions.
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AKELDAMA   (Region)   Biblical, Ancient Aramaic
"Field of blood"
ARCADIA   (Region)   Ancient Greek
ATHĒNAI   (Settlement)   Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of ATHÍNA, the name of the capital of Greece. The root of the name is a possible remnant of the Pre-Greek substrate of Attica. See also: ATHENA.
BELGIUM   (Country)   English, Hungarian, Ancient Roman
Derived from Belgae, the name of a group of tribes. Belgium is a country in Western Europe.
CARIA   (Region)   Ancient Greek
Caria was an ancient province near the Aegean Sea in Asia Minor.
DANIA   (Country)   Ancient Roman
Latin form of DANMARK.
DANMǪRK   (Country)   Ancient Scandinavian
Means "land of the Danes" in Old Norse.
GARÐARÍKI   (Country)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse term for an area located in modern Russia.
GRŒNLAND   (Country)   Ancient Scandinavian
Means "green land" in Old Norse. From grœnn "green" and land "land".
ICARIA   (Island)   Greek Mythology, Ancient Greek
The island where Icarus, son of Dedalus, was buried. Dedalus gave the island the name in his honor.
ISCA   (River)   Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Romanized form of a Celtic river name, from Common Celtic *iska- "water" (cognate with whiskey). This is the Latin name for both the River Exe and the River Usk, after which the towns of Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) and Caerleon (Isca Augusta) got their Roman names.
ÍSLAND   (Country)   Icelandic, Faroese, Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from Old Norse íss "ice" and land "land, country".
JORSALA   (Settlement)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for Jerusalem. The name was probably inspired by Uppsala.
JÓRVÍK   (Settlement)   Ancient Scandinavian, Icelandic
Icelandic and Old Norse form of York. It is believed to be derived from Old English Eoforwic, itself believed to be derived from Latin Eboracum possibly meaning "place of the yew trees".
KENT   (Region)   English, Ancient Celtic
A county in South-East England. Derived from Ancient Celtic Cantus, 'border, rim', cognate with Welsh cant, 'periphery'.
LANGBARÐALAND   (Country)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for Italy.
MIKLAGARÐR   (Settlement)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for Istanbul.
NINEVEH   (Settlement)   Babylonian, Biblical, Biblical Latin
A biblical place name, derived from the Babylonian Nina meaning "abundance" and associated with Nin-mah, goddess of Reproduction. Nineveh is a city located on the banks of the fertile Tigris River in Ancient Assyria.
OLISIPO   (Settlement)   Ancient Roman
Ancient name of Lisboa used while the city were a part of the Roman Empire. Probably derived from the name Odysseus.
ORCADIA   (Island)   Medieval, Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
A medieval name for the Orkney Islands, the famous archipelago of the northwest coast of Scotland. It comes from the Roman name Orcades which was probably derived from Celtic *forko- "young pig"... [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]
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).... [more]
SCANIA   (Region & Political Subdivision)   English, Italian, Ancient Roman
English, Italian and Latin form of Skåne.
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.
SVECIA   (Country)   Ancient Roman
Latin form of SVERIGE.
SVÍÞJÓÐ   (Country)   Icelandic, Ancient Scandinavian
Icelandic and Old Norse form of SVERIGE.
TIRINTHA   (Settlement)   Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek name of Tyrins.
VINLAND   (Region)   Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse name for a place in modern Canada, named by viking Leif Eriksson c. 1000 AD. The first element of the name is uncertain, but it could be from Old Norse vín "wine" or vin "meadow".
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