Tanganyika(Region & Country)Eastern African, Swahili, English From Swahili tanga "sail" and nyika "wilderness". This is the name of a region in eastern Africa. It was a German then British colony until 1961 when it gained independence. In 1964 it united with the island of Zanzibar to form the new country of Tanzania.
Tarah(Settlement)Biblical A place name (an encampment) used in some versions of the Old Testament. It is identical to the personal name Terah.
Tataouine(Settlement)French, English From Tamazight Tittawin, possibly from tit meaning "eye". This is a city in Tunisia. It is the source of the name of the desert planet Tatooine from the fictional Star Wars universe.
Tatham(Settlement)English From the Old English given name Tata combined with ham meaning "homestead". This is the name of a town in Lancashire.
Tatooine(Other)Popular Culture This is a fictional desert planet, the home of Luke Skywalker, in the Star Wars movie series, starting 1977. The planet is not actually named in the first movie. Star Wars creator George Lucas adapted it from the name of the city of Tataouine in Tunisia, where some scenes of the movie were being filmed.
Tatton(Settlement)English From the Old English given name Tata combined with tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of a town in Cheshire.
Thai(Country)Thai, Khmer Possibly from a Thai root meaning "person". This is the Thai word for Thailand, usually written in the compounds เมืองไทย (Meueng Thaiy) meaning "region of Thailand", ประเทศไทย (Prathet Thaiy) meaning "nation of Thailand" or ราชอาณาจักรไทย (Rachanachakn Thaiy) meaning "kingdom of Thailand".
Thornley(Settlement)English From Old English þorn "thorn" and leah "woodland, clearing". This is the name of several towns in England and Scotland.
Thornton(Settlement)English From Old English þorn "thorn" and tun "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of several English towns.
Timbuktu(Settlement)English, Arabic, Central African, Bamileke Meaning uncertain. It could be derived from Songhai meaning "hollow, hole", or from Berber meaning "place of small dunes". This is the name of a city in central Mali. Descriptions of the city's wealth and remoteness first reached Europe from the 16th-century Berber author Leo Africanus. Since then the city has been used in Western Culture as a symbol for a distant, mysterious place.
Troy(Settlement)Greek Mythology, English From Greek Τροία (Troia), said to derive from its mythical founder Τρώς (Tros), but more likely of Luwian or Hittite origin. In Greek mythology (most notably in Homer's Iliad) this was the name of a city, also called Ilium, that was besieged by the Greeks after Helen was abducted by Paris 1.
Troyes(Settlement)French, English, German, Dutch The name of a city in France, called in Latin (Augustobona) Tricassium, which was named after the Gallic tribe of the Tricasses.