Place Names Starting with I
IBARRA (Settlement) Basque, Spanish
Derived from Basque
. This is the name of a few Basque towns.
IGAUNIJA (Country) Latvian
, derived from the name of the old region of
in southern Estonia. This is the Latvian name of
INDIA (Country) English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Estonian, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Albanian, Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek
Derived from the name of the
River. In many languages of India, the name
is used to refer to the country. However, some southern Indian languages use spellings based on English
INDIANA (Political Subdivision) English
"land of the Indians"
. This is the name of an American state.
INDIJA (Country) Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene, Macedonian, Latvian, Lithuanian
Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene, Macedonian, Latvian and Lithuanian form of
INDO (Country) Japanese, Korean
Japanese and Korean form of
. It is usually written in katakana in Japan and Hangul in Korea.
INDONESIA (Country) Indonesian, Malay, Buginese, Minangkabau, English, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Finnish, Korean, Late Greek
, referring to the
, combined with
νῆσος ( nesos)
meaning "island". This name has been used since the 18th century by colonial powers to refer to the Indonesian archipelago and since 1945 to refer to the independent nation.
INDUS (River) English, Ancient Roman
From Old Persian
, which was from Sanskrit
"body of trembling water, river"
. This is the name of a river in Pakistan and India.
IRAK (Country) German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovak, Greek, Armenian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Thai, Lao, Mongolian, Indonesian
in several languages.
IRAN (Country) Persian, Arabic, English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, Hebrew, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Urdu, Indian, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Burmese, Thai, Tagalog, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian
Derived from Middle Persian
, related to Old Iranian
. This is the name of a country in western Asia, formerly called
in the West.
IRVINE (River & Settlement) Scottish
Derived from Old Celtic meaning
. This is a river and city in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
ISRAEL (Country) English, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Indonesian, Malay, Biblical, Biblical Greek
From the name of the Old Testament hero Jacob, who was also called
. This was the name of an ancient kingdom that existed until the 8th century BC. The modern country of Israel is named for it.
ITALY (Country) English
Anglicized form of
, originally applied by the Greeks to the south of the Italian Peninsula. It may have been borrowed from Oscan
"land of bulls"
. According to Roman mythology, the region was named for
, though in fact it was he who was named for the region.