South American Submitted Place Names
South American names
include those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
ALMERÍA (Settlement) Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city. Means 'the mirror of the sea.'
AQUITANIA (Region) Spanish
Aquitania was a region of Gaul inhabited by the Aquitani, a people living in Gallo-Roman times in what is now Aquitaine, France.
ARICA (Settlement) Spanish
It is the name of province, and town in Chile. It is also the name of a town in Colombia.
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)
BARCELONA (Settlement) Catalan, Spanish, English
Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain.
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.
CALETA (Settlement) Spanish
City name meaning ''little bay, inlet, or cove''. Most often La Caleta
CALIFORNIA (Political Subdivision) Spanish, English
Name of a state in the United States, and two states in Mexico. California was once believed to be an island, and was named after the fictional island, California
, in Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo's novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'... [more]
CASABLANCA (Settlement) English, Spanish
Means "white house", from Portuguese casa
meaning "house" and branca
meaning "white". The present-day spelling follows the Spanish form (casa
"white"), however, because of the Portuguese Kingdom joining the Spanish Kingdom... [more]
COSTARICA (Country) Spanish
The name of the Country in Central America. Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity... [more]
CUZCO (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Incan (Spanish), Quechua (Spanish), Spanish (Archaic)
Traditional spelling of Cusco
, a city in Peru which was the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco
is the Hispanicized form of Quechua Qusqu
meaning "rock, boundary stone; heap of earth and stones; nucleus; navel; bed, dry bed of a lake".
EL SALVADOR (Country) Spanish
El Salvador is a small Central American nation. It's known for its Pacific Ocean beaches, surf spots and mountainous landscape. Its Ruta de Las Flores is a winding route past coffee farms, rainforests with waterfalls and towns like Juayúa, with its weekend food festival, plus Ataco, home to vivid murals... [more]
ESTONIA (Country) Aragonese, Asturian, Basque, Breton, English, Galician, Ilocano, Indonesian, Italian, Luo, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili
Cognate of Eesti
EUROPA (Region) Catalan, Corsican, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Frisian, Galician, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish
Form of Europe
HABANA (Settlement) Spanish
From the Spanish name of the capital city of Cuba, known in English as Havana
, the origin and meaning of which is obscure. Most likely it is based on Habaguanex
, the name of a local Taíno (Arawak) chief.
JUMILLA (Settlement) Spanish
Jumilla is a town in southeastern Spain in the province of Murcia. The name comes from the Latin
word for “reeds”.
LISBOA (Settlement) Portuguese, Spanish, Galician
Newer form of Old Portuguese Lisbõa
, derived from Latin Olisīpō
. According to legend, the location was named for Odysseus
. The Latin name might be derived from his 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.
MALTA (Country) English, Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Turkmen, West Frisian
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
NIZA (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish for the city of Nice, France.
PÁEZ (Other, Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Spanish (Latin American), Native Paezean
Páez (also Paez, Paes; the autonym Nasa Yuwe 'Nasa language' is becoming increasingly used) is a language isolate of Colombia spoken by the Páez people. Ethnologue estimates 71,400 to 83,300citation needed
speakers, including 40,000 monolingual, out of an ethnic population of 140,000.... [more]
PUERTO RICO (Country) Spanish
Means "rich port" in Spanish. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos... [more]
REYNOSA (Settlement) Spanish
Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is also the municipal seat of Reynosa Municipality.
RIGA (Settlement) English, French, German, Portuguese, Turkish, Afrikaans, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Faroese, Italian, Spanish
Cognate of Rīga
RIMAC (River) Spanish (Latin American)
Rimac River, Rimac derives from quechua "Rimay" which means "to speak", Rimac River is called "the speaking river", "the river that babbles/chatters/speaks a lot", in some sense "the roaring river" or "the noisy river".
RONCESVALLES (Settlement) Spanish
Town in Navarra (Spain) where in 778 Charlemagne lost a fsmous battle against Arabs
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]
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".
TEGUCIGALPA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Capital of Honduras
, possibly from the Nahuatl word Taguz-galpa
, which means "hills of silver".
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]
VILLARREAL (Settlement) Spanish
Villarreal is a city in the province of Castelló, in the Valencian Community, Spain.
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
XERESA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Xeresa is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain.