Place Names Starting with M

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MACARENA (Settlement) Spanish
Barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple that may have been named for a person Macarius (see MACARIO).
MADINAH (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of MEDINA, usually written with the definite article: المدينة (al-Madinah).
MAGHREB (Region) English
English form of MAGHRIB (the region).
MAGHRIB (Region & Country) Arabic
From Arabic المغرب (al-Maghrib) meaning "the place of the sunset, the west". This is the Arabic name of Morocco as well as the entire region of western North Africa (known as the Maghreb in English). In Arabic the name is usually written with the definite article: المغرب (al-Maghrib).
MAGYARORSZÁG (Country) Hungarian
Hungarian name for the country of HUNGARY, derived from magyar meaning "Hungarian" and ország meaning "country". Magyar itself is derived from a combination of two Uralic roots both meaning "man".
MALLEVILLE (Settlement) French
Means "bad town" in Norman French. This is the name of communes in Normandy, France.
MANFREDONIA (Settlement) Italian
From the given name MANFREDI, referring to a 13th-century king of Sicily. This is the name of a town in Apulia, Italy, founded by King Manfred on the site of the Roman city of Sipontum.
MARCHE (Political Subdivision) Italian, English
From the plural of Late Latin marca meaning "borderland, march", of Germanic origin. This is the name of a region in central Italy, named for the March of Ancona, a frontier region in the Carolingian Empire.
MARCHES (Political Subdivision) French
French form of MARCHE.
MARKE (Political Subdivision) Croatian
Croatian form of MARCHE.
MARKEN (Political Subdivision) German
German form of MARCHE.
MARLOW (Settlement) English
Means "remnants of a lake" in Old English, from mere "lake" and lafe "remnants, remains". This is the name of a town in Buckinghamshire, England.
MAROC (Country) French
French form of MOROCCO.
MAROCCO (Country) Italian
Italian form of MOROCCO.
MAROCKO (Country) Swedish
Swedish form of MOROCCO.
MAROKKO (Country) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish
German, Danish and Norwegian form of MOROCCO.
MARRAKECH (Settlement) French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Form of MARRAKESH in various languages.
MARRAKESCH (Settlement) German
German form of MARRAKESH.
MARRAKESH (Settlement) English, Dutch
From Arabic مرّاكش (Marrakush), possibly from Berber Murt n Akush meaning "land of God". This is the name of a city in Morocco.
MARRAKUSH (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of MARRAKESH.
MARRUECOS (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of MOROCCO.
MASSY (Settlement) French
Derived from Maccius, a Gallo-Roman name of unknown meaning. This is the name of several communes in France.
MAXWELL (Settlement) Scottish
Means "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English well "well stream". This is the name of a place in Roxburghshire, Scotland.
MAYLIS (Settlement) French
Possibly derived from Occitan mair "mother" and French lys "lily". This is the name of a commune in southern France.
MEDINA (Settlement) English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Croatian, Serbian
Form of Arabic المدينة (al-Madinah) meaning "the city". This is the name of a city in Saudi Arabia, considered a holy site in Islam because the Prophet Muhammad was based there for a period.
MÉDINE (Settlement) French
French form of MEDINA.
MEDIOLANUM (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Latin form of MILAN.
MEDYNA (Settlement) Polish
Polish form of MEDINA.
MEHXICO (Country & Settlement) Aztec
Nahuatl form of MEXICO.
MEIßEN (Settlement) German
Probably of Slavic origin. This is the name of a town in eastern Germany.
MEISSEN (Settlement) German, English, French
Form of MEIßEN.
MEKSYK (Country & Settlement) Polish
Polish form of MEXICO.
MEMPHIS (Settlement) English, Ancient Egyptian (Hellenized)
Greek form of Egyptian Mn-nfr meaning "enduring beauty". This was the name of an important city in Lower Egypt, serving as the capital during the Old Kingdom period. It acquired its current name in the New Kingdom period from a nearby pyramid of Pepi I. This is also the name of a city in Tennessee.
MENDOZA (Settlement) Basque
From Basque mendi "mountain" and hotz "cold". This is the name of a town in Álava, Spain.
MENGGU (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Chinese
Chinese form of MONGOLIA.
MESSICO (Country & Settlement) Italian
Italian form of MEXICO.
MÉXICO (Country & Settlement) Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish (and Portuguese) form of MEXICO.
MEXICO (Country & Settlement) English, French
From Spanish México, itself derived from Nahuatl Mehxico. There are many theories regarding the ultimate origin, including Nahuatl metztli meaning "moon" combined with xictli meaning "navel". This is the name of a country in North America, as well as its capital city (the country is named after the city). In French Mexico is the name of the capital city, while the country is called Mexique.
MEXIKO (Country & Settlement) German
German form of MEXICO.
MEXIQUE (Country) French
French form of MEXICO (referring only to the country, not the capital city).
MIANDIAN (Country) Chinese
Chinese form of MYANMAR.
MIANMÁ (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese variant form of MYANMAR.
MIANMAR (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese variant form of MYANMAR.
MILAN (Settlement) English, French
From Latin Mediolanum, perhaps derived from Celtic elements meaning "middle of the plain". This is the name of a major city in Italy.
MILANO (Settlement) Italian
Italian form of MILAN.
MIYANMA (Country) Thai
Thai form of MYANMAR.
MIYANMAR (Country) Bengali
Bengali form of MYANMAR.
MOÇAMBIQUE (Island & Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of MOZAMBIQUE.
MŌKO (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Japanese form of MONGOLIA.
MONGGO (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Korean
Korean form of MONGOLIA.
MONGHOLIYA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Kazakh
Kazakh form of MONGOLIA.
MONGOL (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Mongolian
Mongolian form of MONGOLIA.
MONGOLEI (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) German
German form of MONGOLIA.
MONGÓLIA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of MONGOLIA.
MONGOLIA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) English, Spanish, Italian
From Mongolian монгол (mongol), the name for the Mongolian people, possibly from монг (mong) meaning "brave". This the name of a region in eastern Asia, now divided between the country of Mongolia (historically called Outer Mongolia) and the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
MONGOLIE (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of MONGOLIA.
MONGOLIË (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Dutch
Dutch form of MONGOLIA.
MONGOLIYA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of MONGOLIA.
MONHOLIYA (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of MONGOLIA.
MONTANA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Latin montanus "mountainous". This is the name of an American state.
MONTGOMERY (Settlement) French
Means "GUMARICH's mountain" in Norman French. This is the name of communes in Calvados, France.
MORAY (Region & Political Subdivision) Scottish
From Gaelic Muireb meaning "seaboard settlement". This is the name of a historical region in Scotland, as well as a modern council area.
MORIAH (Mountain) Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Possibly means "seen by YAHWEH" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is both the place where Abraham is to sacrifice Isaac and the mountain upon which Solomon builds the temple.
MOROCCO (Country) English
The name of a country in North Africa, named after the city MARRAKESH. In Arabic the country is named al-Maghrib (see Maghrib).
MOSAMBIK (Island & Country) German
German form of MOZAMBIQUE.
MOUKO (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 蒙古 (see MŌKO).
MOZAMBIQUE (Island & Country) English, French, Spanish, Dutch
From the name of an island off the southeastern coast of Africa, named Moçambique by the Portuguese after the 15th-century local sultan موسى بن بيك (Musa bin Bik). This island became the region's Portuguese colonial capital in the 16th century, and the name was eventually applied to a large area of mainland Africa. Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1974.
MSUMBIJI (Island & Country) Eastern African, Swahili
Swahili form of MOZAMBIQUE.
MYANMA (Country) Burmese
Burmese form of MYANMAR.
MYANMAR (Country) English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, French, Indian, Hindi
From Burmese မြန်မာ (Myanma), the name of the main Burmese ethnic group (also called the Bamar), which is of unknown origin. This is the name of a country in southeastern Asia. It was formerly called Burma, derived from a variant of this term.