All Place Names

type
usage
Vijetnam (Country) Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian
Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian form of Vietnamese Chữ Nôm 越南 (see Vietnam).
Vindobona (Settlement) Ancient Roman
From Celtic windos "white" and bona "foundation, fort". This was a Roman military town on the site of the Austrian city of Vienna.
Viro (Country) Finnish
From the name of the old region of Virumaa in northern Estonia, which got its name from the Finnic tribe of the Vironians. This is the Finnish name for Estonia.
Viti (Country & Island) Fijian, English
Fijian form of Fiji. This name is also used in English (and other languages) to refer to the main Fijian island of Viti Levu.
Vitryssland (Country) Swedish
Means "white Russia", a Swedish calque of Belarus.
Vlaanderen (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Flanders.
Vlander (Region) Medieval Dutch
Middle Dutch form of Flanders.
Voshingtan (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Indian, Hindi
Hindi form of Washington.
Wakefield (Settlement) English
From Old English wacu "wake, vigil" and feld "field". This is the name of a city in England.
Wales (Country) English, German, Dutch
From Old English Wealas, derived from wealh meaning "foreigner, Celt". This is the name of a country (part of the United Kingdom) in the west of the island of Great Britain. In Welsh it is called Cymru.
Walmersley (Settlement) English
Meaning uncertain. The final element is Old English leah "woodland, clearing". The first element may be a given name such as Wealdmær or Wealhmær. This is the name of a town near Manchester.
Warsaw (Settlement) English
From Polish Warszawa, derived from the given name Warsz, a short form of Warcisław. This is the name of the capital city of Poland.
Warschau (Settlement) German, Dutch
German and Dutch form of Warszawa (see Warsaw).
Warszawa (Settlement) Polish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Polish form of Warsaw.
Warwick (Settlement) English
From Old English wer "weir, dam" and wic "village, town". This is the name of a town in England.
Washington (Settlement & Political Subdivision) English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Means "settlement belonging to Wassa's people", from the given name Wassa and Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of a town in northern England. It is also the name of the capital city and a state in the United States, both named after the president George Washington (1732-1799), whose surname was derived from the name of the English town.
Washinton (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Japanese
Japanese form of Washington.
Washintun (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of Washington.
Waszyngton (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Polish
Polish form of Washington.
Wealas (Region) Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of Wales.
Węgry (Country) Polish
Polish form of Hungary.
Weißrussland (Country) German
Means "white Russia", a German calque of Belarus.
Wembley (Settlement) English
Means "Wemba's clearing" in Old English. This was the name of a town that is now part of Greater London.
Wenezuela (Country) Polish
Polish form of Venezuela.
Weosingteon (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Korean
Korean form of Washington.
Westcott (Settlement) English
From Old English west "west" and cot "cottage". This is the name of several towns in England.
Westley (Settlement) English
From Old English west "west" and leah "woodland, clearing". This is the name of a few small English towns.
Weston (Settlement) English
From Old English west "west" and tun "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of several towns in England.
Whitney (Settlement) English
Probably from Old English hwit "white" and ieg "island". This is the name of a small town in Herefordshire.
Wickham (Settlement) English
From Old English wic "village, town" (of Latin origin) and ham "home, settlement". This is the name of a few towns in England.
Wien (Settlement) German
German form of Vienna.
Wieren (Settlement) Dutch
Means "seaweed" in Dutch. This is the name of towns in Frisia and other parts of the Netherlands.
Willey (Settlement) English
From Old English welig "willow" or weoh "idol, image" combined with leah "woodland, clearing". This is the name of a few towns in England.
Willoughby (Settlement) English
From Old English welig meaning "willow" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement". This is the name of several towns in England.
Wilton (Settlement) English
From Old English welig meaning "willow", wille meaning "well, spring, water hole", or the name of the River Wylye, combined with tun "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of various towns in England.
Winchester (Settlement) English
Derived from Venta, of Celtic origin, and Latin castrum meaning "camp, fortress". This is the name of a city in southern England.
Winona (Settlement) English
From the legendary figure of Winona. This is the name of several towns in the United States.
Winslow (Settlement) English
Means "Wine's hill" in Old English. This is the name of a town in Buckinghamshire.
Winthrope 1 (Settlement) English
Means "Wine's village", from the given name Wine and Old English þrop "village". This is the name of a town in Lincolnshire.
Winthrope 2 (Settlement) English
Means "Wigmund's village", from the given name Wigmund and Old English þrop "village". This is the name of a town in Nottinghamshire.
Winton (Settlement) English
Means "Wine's enclosure" in Old English. This is the name of various towns in England.
Wiśniewo (Settlement) Polish
Derived from Polish wiśnia meaning "sour cherry". This is the name of several towns in Poland.
Wit-Rusland (Country) Dutch
Means "white Russia", a Dutch calque of Belarus.
Włochy (Country) Polish
From old Slavic волхъ (volxu) meaning "foreigner, Roman". This is the Polish name for Italy.
Wortham (Settlement) English
From Old English worþ "enclosure" and ham "home, settlement". This is the name of a town in Suffolk.
Wylye (River) English
Possibly from a Celtic word meaning "tricky". This is the name of a river in southern England.
Wymondham (Settlement) English
From the given name Wigmund combined with Old English ham "home, settlement". This is the name of a town in Norfolk.
Wyrzyki (Settlement) Polish
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the Polish prefix wy "away from" and rzek "river". This is the name of a few small Polish towns.
Xabier (Settlement) Basque
Modern form of Etxeberria.
Xanadu (Settlement) English
Anglicized form of Chinese 上都 (Shangdu), derived from (shàng) meaning "above, upper" and () meaning "city". This was the summer capital of the 13th-century Mongol ruler Kublai Khan, located in Inner Mongolia, China. It became known to English speakers after it appeared in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem Kubla Khan (1816), and it has been used figuratively to refer to a paradise since then.
Xile (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of Chile.
Yakarta (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Jakarta.
Yəmən (Country) Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Yemen.
Yaman (Country) Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Indian, Hindi, Uzbek, Indonesian, Malay
Arabic form of Yemen, properly written with the definite article: اليمن (al-Yaman).
Yamato (Country) Japanese
Possibly related to Japanese (yama) meaning "mountain". This was the old name for the area around the city of Nara, though it was later applied to the entire country of Japan. Chinese scribes originally wrote this name using the character meaning "short". However, this was revised to the more favourable meaning "harmony" in the 8th century. The prefixed character means "great".
Yamuna (River) Indian, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Sanskrit
Name of an Indian river, which is possibly derived from the name of the goddess Yami.
Yapan (Country) Hebrew
Hebrew form of Japão (see Japan).
Yarden (River & Country) Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew
Hebrew form of Jordan.
Yaxiya (Region) Chinese (Archaic)
Chinese form of Asia.
Yazhou (Region) Chinese
From a short form of Yaxiya combined with (zhōu) meaning "continent, island". This is the modern Chinese name for Asia.
Yémen (Country) French
French form of Yemen.
Yemen (Country) English, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Filipino, Tagalog
From Arabic يمن (Yaman), probably derived from يمين (yamin) meaning "right hand, south". This is the name of a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemeni (Country) Greek
Greek form of Yemen.
Yericho (Settlement) Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Jericho.
Yevraziya (Region) Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Eurasia.
Yevropa (Region) Russian, Ukrainian, Armenian
Russian, Ukrainian and Armenian form of Europe.
Yindu (Country) Chinese
Chinese form of India.
Yisra'el (Country) Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of Israel.
Yordaniya (Country) Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Bulgarian and Ukrainian form of Jordan (the country).
York (Settlement & Political Subdivision) English
From Jórvík, the Norse form of Old English Eoforwic, which was from the Brythonic name Eburacon meaning "yew". The Old English form Eoforwic was altered based on eofor "boar" and wic "village".... [more]
Yoxall (Settlement) English
Derived from Old English geoc "oxen yoke" and halh "nook, recess". This is the name of a town in Staffordshire.
Yuenan (Country) Chinese
Chinese form of Vietnam.
Yuganda (Country) Eastern African, Ganda
Luganda variant form of Uganda.
Zabala (Settlement) Basque
From Basque zabal meaning "large, wide". This is the name of a district within the city of Bilbao in Spain.
Zaïre (River & Country) French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of Zaire.
Zaire (River & Country) Portuguese, English
Older name of the Congo River, said to be derived via Portuguese from Kikongo nzadi o nzere meaning "river swallowing rivers". This was also the former name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Zambezi (River) Southern African, Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, Shona, English
The name of a river in southern Africa, of uncertain meaning. It could possibly be from the name of the Bisa people of Zambia. According to the explorer David Livingstone it meant "great river".
Zâmbia (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Zambia.
Zambia (Country) Southern African, Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian
From the name of the Zambezi River. It was adopted as the name of the African country of Zambia, formerly called Northern Rhodesia, when it became independent of the United Kingdom in 1964.
Zambie (Country) French, Czech
French and Czech form of Zambia.
Zambija (Country) Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian
Form of Zambia in several languages.
Zambiya (Country) Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Turkish, Arabic
Form of Zambia in several languages.
Zanbia (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Zambia.
Zangibar (Island) Persian
Persian form of Zanzibar.
Zanjibar (Island) Arabic
Arabic form of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar (Island) Eastern African, Swahili, English
From Arabic زنجبار (Zanjibar), from Persian زنگبار (Zangibar), derived from زنگی (zangi) meaning "black, dark-skinned" and بار (bar) meaning "shore, coast". This is the name of an island, part of Tanzania.
Zealand (Country) English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
From Dutch Zeeland, from Middle Dutch Seelant, derived from see "sea" and lant "land". This is the name of a province in the western Netherlands (now typically called Zeeland in many languages). It is also borne by the country of New Zealand in the southern Pacific, which was named by the Dutch in the 17th century.
Zeeland (Political Subdivision & Country) Dutch, English, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
Dutch form of Zealand. Several other languages, including English, use this spelling to refer to the Dutch province (but not the country of New Zealand).
Zelanda (Political Subdivision & Country) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Zealand.
Zélande (Political Subdivision & Country) French
French form of Zealand.
Zelândia (Political Subdivision & Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Zealand.
Zelandia (Political Subdivision & Country) Polish
Polish form of Zealand.
Zhapon (Country) Persian
Persian form of Japão (see Japan).
Zhongguo (Country) Chinese
Means "middle kingdom", from Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" and (guó) meaning "country, state". This is the Chinese name for China. The name originally referred to China's central regions, as opposed to the territory on the fringes.
Zimbábue (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese variant form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbàbue (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabue (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabué (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabvė (Country) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe (Country & Settlement) Southern African, Shona, Ndebele, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian
From the Shona language, possibly from dzimba "houses" and ibwe "stone". Great Zimbabwe was an ancient city, falling into ruin in the 15th century. It was located in the country of Zimbabwe, which was named after the ancient city in 1980 when it gained independence from the United Kingdom. It was formerly called Southern Rhodesia by the British.
Zweden (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Sweden.
Zwitserland (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Switzerland.
Zypern (Island & Country) German
German form of Cyprus.