Place Names Starting with Z

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ZABALA (Settlement) Basque
From Basque zabal meaning "large, wide". This is the name of a district within the city of Bilbao in Spain.
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.
ZAIRË (River & Country) French
French form of ZAIRE.
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.
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.
ZWEDEN (Country) Dutch, Medieval Dutch
Dutch form of SWEDEN.
ZYPERN (Island & Country) German
German form of CYPRUS.