Place Names Starting with Z

Zabala (Settlement) Basque
From Basque zabal meaning "large, wide". This is the name of a district within the city of Bilbao in Spain.
Zaïre (River & Country) French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of Zaire.
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.
Zambezi (River) Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, Shona, English
The name of a river in Southern Africa, of uncertain meaning. It could possibly be from the name of the Bisa people of Zambia. According to the explorer David Livingstone it meant "great river".
Zâmbia (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Zambia.
Zambia (Country) Chewa, Bemba, Tonga, English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian
From the name of the Zambezi River. It was adopted as the name of the African country of Zambia, formerly called Northern Rhodesia, when it became independent of the United Kingdom in 1964.
Zambie (Country) French, Czech
French and Czech form of Zambia.
Zambija (Country) Latvian, Lithuanian, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian
Form of Zambia in several languages.
Zambiya (Country) Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kazakh, Turkish, Arabic
Form of Zambia in several languages.
Zanbia (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Zambia.
Zangibar (Island) Persian
Persian form of Zanzibar.
Zanjibar (Island) Arabic
Arabic form of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar (Island) Swahili, English
From Arabic زنجبار (Zanjibar), from Persian زنگبار (Zangibar), derived from زنگی (zangi) meaning "black, dark-skinned" and بار (bar) meaning "shore, coast". This is the name of an island, part of Tanzania.
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 South 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.
Zhapon (Country) Persian
Persian form of Japão (see Japan).
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.
Zimbábue (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese variant form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbàbue (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabue (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabué (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabvė (Country) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe (Country & Settlement) Shona, Ndebele, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian
From the Shona language, possibly from dzimba "houses" and ibwe "stone". Great Zimbabwe was an ancient city, falling into ruin in the 15th century. It was located in the country of Zimbabwe, which was named after the ancient city in 1980 when it gained independence from the United Kingdom. It was formerly called Southern Rhodesia by the British.
Zweden (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Sweden.
Zwitserland (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Switzerland.
Zypern (Island & Country) German
German form of Cyprus.