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Meaning & History

Means "city of thousand" in Malagasy, from the prefix an- combined with tanana meaning "city, town" and arivo meaning "one thousand". The name was chosen by Merina King Andriamasinavalona (1675-1710), who renamed the city in honour of the thousand soldiers who captured the site under the rule of King Andrianjaka. This is the name of the capital city of Madagascar.
Added 9/3/2021 by VerdeIperbolico
Edited 10/6/2021 by HL