French Submitted Place Names
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ANCRE (River) French
This is the name of a river in Picardy, France.
ANJOU (Other) English, French
From the name of the former county/duchy/province centered around the city of Angers in the Loire Valley of western France, which is in the present-day département
of Maine-et-Loire. It was the cradle of the House of Plantagenet who ruled England from the twelfth century, of whom the current royal family are descendants... [more]
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)
BASTILLE (Other) French
This is the name of a fortress, formally known as Bastille Saint-Antoine, which played an important role in France's internal conflicts.... [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.
CHANTILLY (Settlement) French
From the name of a town in France near Paris, ultimately derived from the Gallo-Roman name Cantilius
. The city gave its name to a type of delicate lace originally made there.
CHARDONNAY (Settlement) French
The name of a famous village for the white wine produced here. Means "a place of thistles" from the latin cardonnacum
ESTONIA (Country) Aragonese, Asturian, Basque, Breton, English, Galician, Ilocano, Indonesian, Italian, Luo, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili
Cognate of Eesti
EUROPE (Region) English, French
Meaning uncertain. It could be derived from Greek εὐρύς (eurus)
meaning "wide" or "broad" and ὤψ, ὠπ-, ὀπτ-(ōps, ōp-, opt-)
meaning "eye", "face", or "countenance". It could also be from Akkadian erebu
meaning "to go down" or "set"... [more]
ISÈRE (Other) French
The name of a region as well as a river in France.
JOHANNESBURG (Settlement) French (African)
Origin of Johannesburg's name is explained. In reaction to an inquiry, officials in Pretoria replied that Johannesburg was named after Johann Friedrich Bernhard Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert - the only document dealing directly with the origin of the city's name.
MADRID (Settlement) Spanish, Croatian, English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
Newer form of Magerit
. The etymology is uncertain, but it could be derived from Arabic المجريط (al-Magrīt
) "source of water". This is the name of the capital of Spain.
MONACO (Country) English, French
This is the name of a sovereign city-state and microstate bordering France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on one side.... [more]
NAVARRE (Country) French
From the name of the historic Royaume de Navarre
, a kingdom in the West Pyrenees mountains which is divided today between Spain and France. It is either derived from the Basque nabar
, meaning "brownish" or "multicolor" (which would be a contrast with the green mountain lands north of the original County of Navarre); or from the Basque naba
, "valley" or "plain", and herri
, "land" or "people".
RIGA (Settlement) English, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Afrikaans, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Faroese, Italian, Spanish
Cognate of Rīga
TALLINN (Settlement) Estonian, English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish
Capital of Estonia
and previously known as Reval
until 1918. The meaning of the name is uncertain, but it is believed to be derived from Estonian Taani-linn(a)
meaning "Danish castle" or "Danish town".
TATAOUINE (Settlement) French
Means "water springs" in Berber. The city is sometimes called Foum Tataouine
, meaning "mouth of the springs". The name of the desert planet Tatooine
in the Star Wars universe is derived from Tataouine.
VENEZUELA (Country) English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
The name of the Country in South America. Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions. Along its Caribbean coast are tropical resort islands including Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques archipelago... [more]
VIENTIANE (Settlement) English, French
From Lao ວຽງຈັນ (Wīang Chan)
meaning "city of sandalwood"; composed of Lao ວຽງ (wīang)
"city, town" and ຈັນ (chan)
"sandalwood" as well as "moon, Monday"... [more]
VILNIUS (Settlement) Lithuanian, Czech, Danish, English, Estonian, Faroese, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Swedish
Capital of Lithuania
. Named after the Vilnia
River whose name is derived from Lithuanian vilnis
YPRES (Settlement) French
French form of Ieper
, known for the battles that occurred in 1914 and 1915 during the First World War.