Malay Submitted Place Names

Malay names are used in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, and Thailand.
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ACEH اچيه (Region) Indonesian, Minangkabau, Malay, English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
Meaning uncertain. A popular backronym states that it is derived from Indonesian Arab, Cina, Eropa, Hindia meaning "Arab, China, Europe, Indies" referring to the groups and regions that have historically influenced the people of Aceh... [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.
AZERBAIJAN أذربيجان (Country & Region) English, Basque, Indonesian, Malay
From Persian آذربایجان (âzarbâyjân), which is from Middle Persian Ādurbādagān referring to ATROPATES, an ancient Persian governor under the Achaemenid Empire... [more]
BALI بالي (Island & Political Subdivision) Indonesian, Balinese, Acehnese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu
From Sanskrit बलि (bali) meaning "offering, tribute". This is the name of an island province in Indonesia.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN بندر سري بڬاوان (Settlement) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
From Malay bandar meaning "town", seri meaning "radiance, splendour, glory", and begawan meaning "holy". The name comes from Malay Seri Begawan, a title used by Bruneian Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III (1914-1986), ultimately derived from Sanskrit श्री भगवान् (śrī bhagvān) meaning "radiance of the gods"... [more]
BISHKEK بيسهكيك (Settlement) Kyrgyz, Russian, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Malay, Persian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests that it comes from a word meaning "whorl, whisk" in Kyrgyz, referring to a tool used to prepare kumis (a dairy product). It could also mean "five heights" from Kyrgyz беш (besh) meaning "five" and бийик (biyik) meaning "tall, high" or "five chiefs" from беш (besh) meaning "five" and the Turkish title beg meaning "chieftain, master"... [more]
BRUNEI بروني (Country) Malay, English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Probably derived from Borneo, the name of an island, which in turn is most likely from Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa) meaning "ocean, water". A local legend suggests that the name may be derived from the phrase baru nah meaning "there!" or "that's it!", which was supposedly declared by Muhammad Shah, Brunei's first sultan... [more]
FILIPINA فلبين (Country) Indonesian, Malay
Indonesian and Malay form of PHILIPPINES.
JAKARTA جاكرتا (Settlement) Indonesian, English, Acehnese, Balinese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Malay, Romanian, Swedish
From Sanskrit जयकर्त (jayakarta) meaning "that which causes victory", from जय (jayá) "victory, triumph" and कृत (kṛtá) "done, made, accomplished". This is the name of the capital city of Indonesia.
JEPUN جيڤون (Country) Malay
Malay form of JAPAN.
JERMAN جرمان (Country) Malay, Indonesian
Malay and Indonesian form of GERMANY.
JOHOR جوهر (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
From Arabic جَوْهَر (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone", ultimately from Persian جوهر (jowhar). This is the name of a state in southern Malaysia.
JOHOR BAHRU جوهر بهرو (Settlement) Malay, English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
Means "new gem" from Arabic جَوْهَر‎ (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone, gem" and Malay bahru meaning "new". This is the name of a city in Malaysia.
KALIMANTAN (Island & Region) Indonesian, Malay, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Means "burning weather (island)" from Sanskrit काल (kālá) meaning "time, season" and क्वथन (kvathana) meaning "boiling, churning". This is the name of the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, though it is used to refer to the entire island in Indonesian.
KELANTAN کلنتن (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Malay gelam hutam referring to the cajeput tree, kilatan meaning "lightning, flash", or kolam tanah meaning "dirt pool". Alternatively, it may be from கோலம் (kōlam) the Tamil name for rangoli, an art form from the Indian subcontinent... [more]
KELATÉ کلنتن (Political Subdivision) Malay
Kelantan Malay form of KELANTAN.
KUALA LUMPUR کوالا لومڤور‎ (Settlement) Malay, English, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Means "muddy confluence" from Malay kuala meaning "confluence" and lumpur "mud". This is the name of the capital and largest city of Malaysia.
MAKKAH مكه (Settlement) Arabic, Malay, English
Arabic and Malay form of MECCA as well as an English variant.
MALAYSIA مليسيا (Country) Malay, English, Indonesian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Romanian
From Malay, which refers to the Malay Peninsula and the Malay people, combined with the Greek suffix -σία (síā). The name Malay is from Melayu or Malayu, the name of a Sumatran kingdom, which is probably derived from Tamil மலை (malai) or Malayalam മല (mala) meaning "hill, mountain"... [more]
MESIR مصر (Country) Indonesian, Malay, Balinese, Banjar, Javanese, Sundanese
Indonesian and Malay form of MISR.
PADANG ڤادڠ (Settlement) Indonesian, Minangkabau, English, Malay
Means "field, plain" in Indonesian. This is the name of a city in West Sumatra, Indonesia.
PERANCIS ڤرانچيس (Country) Malay, Balinese, Sundanese
Malay, Balinese, and Sundanese form of FRANCE.
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]
SEPANYOL سيڤڽول (Country) Malay
Malay form of SPAIN.
SINGAPURA سيڠاڤورا (Country) Malay, Indonesian, Portuguese (European)
Malay, Indonesian, and Portuguese form of SINGAPORE.
SRI LANKA سري لنكا (Country) English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
From Sinhalese ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (ś‍rī laṁkāva), itself from Sanskrit श्री (śrī) meaning "holy, sacred" and लङ्का (laṅkā) meaning "island"... [more]
SULAWESI سولويسي (Island) Indonesian, English, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Possibly means "iron island" in an uncertain South Sulawesi language, from sula (cognate with Indonesian pulau) meaning "island" and mesi (Indonesian besi) meaning "iron"... [more]
SUMATERA سوماترا (Country) Indonesian, Malay, Minangkabau, Balinese, Banjar
Indonesian variant of SUMATRA as well as the Malay, Minangkabau, Balinese, and Banjar form.
SURABAYA (Settlement) Javanese, Indonesian, Acehnese, Balinese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
From Javanese ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ (shurabaya), derived from ꦯꦸꦫ (shura) meaning "white shark" and ꦧꦪ (baya) meaning "crocodile". The name comes from 12th-century Javanese monarch Jayabaya, who foresaw a fight between a white shark and crocodile (which might have been referring to a Mongol invasion of Java in the late 13th-century)... [more]
TERENGGANU ترڠݢانو (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Possibly from Malay terang ganu meaning "bright rainbow" or taring anu meaning "fang of something", supposedly said by a hunter when he found the tooth of an unknown animal. This is the name of a state of Malaysia.
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