Place Names Starting with M

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).
Macaristan (Country) Turkish
Turkish form of Majarestan.
Macédoine (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) French
French form of Macedonia.
Macedon (Region) English
English variant of Macedonia, used to refer to the ancient region.
Macedónia (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Slovak, Portuguese (European)
Slovak and Portuguese form of Macedonia.
Macedônia (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of Macedonia.
Macedonia (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Ancient Greek (Latinized), English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Polish
Derived from Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonia), the name of an ancient kingdom and region that was named after the ancient Macedonian people. Their name was derived from Greek μακεδνός (makednos) meaning "tall, thin", which was descriptive of the people or perhaps of where they lived in the highlands.... [more]
Macedonië (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Dutch
Dutch form of Macedonia.
Mađarska (Country) Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian form of Magyarország.
Maďarsko (Country) Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Magyarország.
Madinah (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Medina, usually written with the definite article: المدينة (al-Madinah).
Madrid (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Spanish, Asturian, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, French, Italian, English, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Uzbek, Turkmen, Mongolian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, Indian, Hindi, Indonesian, Filipino, Malay, Tagalog
From Old Spanish Magerit, itself from Arabic مجريط (Majrit), of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from Arabic مجرى (majra) meaning "watercourse, channel" or from Latin matrix meaning "source, origin (of a river)". This is the name of the capital city of Spain as well as an autonomous community surrounding it.
Madriti (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Greek
Greek form of Madrid.
Madryd (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Madrid.
Madryt (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Polish
Polish form of Madrid.
Magerit (Settlement) Medieval Spanish
Old Spanish form of Madrid.
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".
Majar (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of magyar (see Magyarország). It is usually written with the definite article: المجر (al-Majar).
Majarestan (Country) Persian
From Persian مجار (majar) meaning "Hungarian" combined with the suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". This is the Persian name for Hungary.
Makedonia (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Ancient Greek, Greek, Norwegian, Finnish
Greek, Norwegian and Finnish form of Macedonia.
Makedonie (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Czech
Czech form of Macedonia.
Makedonien (Region, Political Subdivision & Country) German, Danish, Swedish
German, Danish and Swedish form of Macedonia. In German this refers only to the region, while the modern country is called Mazedonien or Nordmazedonien.
Makedonija (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene, Lithuanian
Macedonian form of Macedonia, as well as the form in several other languages.
Makedoniya (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian
Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian form of Macedonia.
Malaisie (Country) French
French form of Malaysia.
Malaizija (Country) Latvian, Lithuanian
Latvian and Lithuanian form of Malaysia.
Malásia (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Malaysia.
Malasia (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Malaysia.
Malaui (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Malawi.
Malāvija (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Malawi.
Malavis (Country) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Malawi.
Malawi (Country) Southern African, Chewa, Eastern African, English, Swahili, French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, German, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Turkmen, Arabic
Possibly from Chewa malawi meaning "flame, fire". This is the name of a landlocked country in southern Africa. It was renamed from Nyasaland when the country gained independence from Britain in 1964. Hastings Banda, the country's first president and the man who chose the name, claimed to have seen it on an old map in the form Maravi, referring to a lake.
Malaysia (Country) Malay, English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Italian, Romanian, Indonesian, Filipino, Tagalog
From the name of the Malay people, of uncertain origin. It is possibly from the name of a river, itself derived from Malay melaju or Javanese mlayu meaning "to run, to go fast". This is the name of a country in Asia.
Malayzia (Country) Armenian
Armenian form of Malaysia.
Malayziya (Country) Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, Tajik, Azerbaijani
Form of Malaysia in several languages.
Maldwyn (Political Subdivision) Welsh
From Welsh Trefaldwyn, misinterpreting it as if meaning "town of Maldwyn". In fact it means "town of Baldwin" (in Welsh both m and b mutate to f). This is another name of the old county of Montgomeryshire.
Maleisië (Country) Dutch, Southern African, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Malaysia.
Maleshiya (Country) Indian, Hindi
Hindi form of Malaysia.
Malesia (Country) Finnish, Greek, Thai, Italian
Finnish, Greek and Thai form of Malaysia, as well as an older Italian variant.
Malezi (Country) Persian
Persian form of Malaysia.
Mallawi (Country) Korean
Korean form of Malawi.
Malleville (Settlement) French
Means "bad town" in Norman French. This is the name of communes in Normandy, France.
Man (Island) English
From Old Irish Mana, possibly from the Celtic root *moniyo- meaning "mountain". The Isle of Man is an island between Britain and Ireland. It is a self-governing British dependency.
Mana (Island) Old Irish
Old Irish form of Man.
Manainn (Island) Irish
Irish form of Man (from the Old Irish dative case of Mana).
Manaw (Island) Welsh
Welsh form of Man.
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.
Mannin (Island) Manx
Manx form of Man (from Manainn, the Old Irish dative case of Mana).
Maqduniya (Region, Country & Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of Macedonia.
Marakesh (Settlement) Serbian
Serbian form of Arabic مرّاكش (see Marrakesh).
Marakeshi (Settlement) Georgian
Georgian form of Arabic مرّاكش (see Marrakesh).
Maraui (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Malawi.
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, Vietnamese
French and Vietnamese form of Morocco.
Marocco (Country) Italian
Italian form of Morocco.
Marocko (Country) Swedish
Swedish form of Morocco.
Marokko (Country) German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Mongolian
Form of Morocco in several languages.
Marrakech (Settlement) French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Croatian
French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Croatian form of Arabic مرّاكش (see Marrakesh).
Marrakesch (Settlement) German
German form of Arabic مرّاكش (see 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.
Marrocos (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Morocco.
Marruecos (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Morocco.
Masr (Country) Arabic (Egyptian)
Egyptian Arabic transcription of Misr.
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 wille "well, stream". This is the name of a place in Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Maylis (Settlement) French
Meaning uncertain, though said to derive from Occitan mair "mother" and French lys "lily". This is the name of a commune in southern France.
Mazedonien (Country) German
German form of Macedonia (referring to the country of North Macedonia).
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.
Mehhiko (Country) Estonian
Estonian form of Mexico (referring only to the country, not the capital city).
Mehika (Country) Slovene
Slovene form of Mexico (referring only to the country, not the capital city).
Mehxico (Country & Settlement) Aztec
Nahuatl form of Mexico.
Meiguo (Country) Chinese
From Chinese (měi), referring to America, and (guó) meaning "country". This is the Chinese name for the United States of America.
Meirionnydd (Political Subdivision) Welsh
Probably from the Roman name Marianus. This is the name of a Welsh county (Anglicized as Merioneth).
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.
Meizhou (Region) Chinese
From Chinese (měi), referring to America, and (zhōu) meaning "continent, island". This is the Chinese name for the continents of North and South America.
Meksiko (Country & Settlement) Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Southern African, Indian, Afrikaans, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali, Indonesian
Finnish, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Afrikaans, Hindi, Bengali, Nepali and Indonesian form of Mexico. In Finnish it refers only to the country, not the capital city.
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.
Mérida (Settlement) Spanish
From Latin Emerita Augusta meaning "veterans of Augustus". This was a colony founded by the emperor Augustus for his veterans, and it is now a city in Extremadura, Spain. There are other cities named after it in Mexico and Venezuela.
Merioneth (Political Subdivision) Welsh
Anglicized form of Meirionnydd.
Mesr (Country) Persian
Persian form of Misr.
Messana (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Earlier Latin form of Messina.
Messene (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Meaning unknown. This was the name of an ancient Greek city on the Peloponnese.
Messico (Country & Settlement) Italian
Italian form of Mexico.
Messina (Settlement) Italian, English
Later form of Messana, the Latin form of Messene. This is the name of a city on Sicily. Founded by Greek settlers as Zankle, it was renamed in honour of the Greek city of Messene in the 5th century BC.
México (Country & Settlement) Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene
Spanish (and Portuguese) form of Mexico. This native spelling is also used in several other languages to refer to the capital city, while the name of the country has other forms.
Mexico (Country & Settlement) English, French, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch
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 and Swedish Mexico is the name of the capital city, while the country is called Mexique in French and Mexiko in Swedish.
Mexiko (Country & Settlement) German, Swedish, Czech, Slovak, Greek
German, Swedish, Czech, Slovak and Greek form of Mexico. In Swedish it refers only to the country, not the capital city.
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) Hungarian, Bulgarian, Portuguese
Hungarian and Bulgarian form of Myanmar, as well as a Portuguese variant.
Midgård (Region) Norse Mythology
Swedish and Danish form of Midgard.
Midgard (Region) Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Miðgarðr meaning "middle enclosure". In Norse mythology this is the name of the realm where humans live.
Miguk (Country) Korean
Korean form of Meiguo, referring to the United States of America.
Mijanmar (Country) Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian variant form of Myanmar.
Miju (Region) Korean
Korean form of Meizhou, referring to the continents of North and South America.
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.
Miranda (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Spanish, Portuguese
Possibly a derivative of Latin mirandus "admirable, wonderful". This is the name of several towns in Spain, Portugal and the Americas. It is also the name of a Venezuelan state.
Mısır (Country) Turkish
Turkish form of Misr.
Misr (Country) Arabic, Pashto, Urdu
From a Semitic root possibly meaning "border". This is the Arabic, Pashto and Urdu name for the country of Egypt.
Misri (Country) Akkadian
Akkadian cognate of Misr, referring to ancient Egypt.
Miðgarðr (Region) Norse Mythology
Old Norse form of Midgard.
Mitzrayim (Country) Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew cognate of Misr, referring to the country of Egypt.
Miyanma (Country) Thai, Khmer
Thai and Khmer form of Myanmar.
Miyanmar (Country) Bengali
Bengali form of Myanmar.
Mjanmar (Country) Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene, Macedonian
Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene and Macedonian form of Myanmar.
Moçambique (Island & Country) Portuguese, Swedish
Portuguese and Swedish 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, Hungarian
Portuguese and Hungarian form of Mongolia.
Mongolia (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Polish, Finnish, Norwegian, Indonesian, Malay
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.
Mongoliet (Country) Swedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish form of Mongolia.
Mongolija (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Latvian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Slovene
Latvian, Lithuanian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Slovene form of Mongolia.
Mongoliya (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Russian, Bulgarian, Kyrgyz, Uzbek
Russian, Bulgarian, Kyrgyz and Uzbek 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 Scottish Gaelic Moireabh, possibly of Pictish origin, meaning "seashore, coast". This is the name of a historical region in Scotland, as well as a modern council area.
Mordor (Region) Literature
Means "black land" in Sindarin, from mor "black" and dor "land". In The Lord of the Rings (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Mordor is the desolate realm ruled by the evil lord Sauron.
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.
Moridunum (Settlement) Brythonic (Latinized)
From Brythonic *mori "sea" and *dūnom "rampart, hill fort". This was the name of a Roman-era fort in southern Wales. It is now known as Caerfyrddin.
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, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of Mozambique.
Mouko (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) Japanese
Alternate transcription of Japanese Kanji 蒙古 (see Mōko).
Mozambico (Island & Country) Italian
Italian form of Mozambique.
Mozambique (Island & Country) English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish
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.
Mumhain (Region & Political Subdivision) Irish
From Old Irish Mumu, possibly from the name of a goddess Mór Muman. This is the name of one of the four Irish provinces, formerly a kingdom. It is Anglicized as Munster.
Munster (Region & Political Subdivision) English
English form of Mumhain.
Myanma (Country) Burmese
Burmese form of Myanmar.
Myanmar (Country) English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, French, Czech, Romanian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Turkish, 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.