Island Place Names

type
usage
Atlantis (Island) Greek Mythology
Derived from Greek Ἄτλας (see Atlas), a mythological king with the same name as the Titan. According to Greek mythology, Atlantis was an island that sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
Avalon (Island) Arthurian Romance
The name of the island paradise to which King Arthur was brought after his death. The name of this island is perhaps related to Welsh afal meaning "apple", a fruit that was often linked with paradise.
Breizh (Island & Region) Breton
Breton form of Britain and Brittany. Great Britain is called Breizh-Veur in Breton.
Bretagna (Region & Island) Italian
Italian form of Britain and Brittany. Great Britain is called Gran Bretagna in Italian.
Bretagne (Region & Island) French, German, Dutch
French form of Britannia (see Britain). In French this typically refers to the region known as Brittany in France, while Great Britain is called Grande-Bretagne.
Bretaigne (Island & Region) Medieval French
Old French form of Britannia (see Britain).
Bretaña (Region & Island) Spanish
Spanish form of Britain and Brittany. Great Britain is called Gran Bretaña in Spanish.
Britain (Island) English
From Britannia, the Latin name for the island of Great Britain, the land of the Britons. It derives from the name of the Britons, recorded in Greek in the 4th century BC as Πρεττανική (Prettanike), and reconstructed as Proto-Brythonic *Priteni, possibly meaning "tattooed people".
Britaniya (Island) Russian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of Britain.
Britannia (Island) Ancient Roman
Latin form of Britain.
Britannien (Island) German, Swedish, Danish
German, Swedish and Danish form of Britain.
Brittannië (Island) Dutch
Dutch form of Britain.
Buriten (Island & Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Britain.
Chipre (Island & Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Cyprus.
Cipro (Island & Country) Italian
Italian form of Cyprus.
Cypern (Island & Country) Swedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish form of Cyprus.
Cyprus (Island & Country) English, Dutch
From Greek Κύπρος (Kypros), which may get its name from the cypress tree (Greek κυπάρισσος). This is the name of an island country in the eastern Mediterranean. Although considered one nation by most other countries, the northern part of the island is occupied by Turkish forces and claims independence.
Éire (Country & Island) Irish
Possibly means "abundant land" in Old Irish. This is the Irish name of the country and island of Ireland. According to legend the island was named for the goddess Ériu, though in fact it was she who was named for the island.
Ériu (Country & Island) Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of Éire.
Guiné (Region, Country & Island) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Guinea.
Guinea (Region, Country & Island) English, Italian, Spanish, German
From Portuguese Guiné, which is of unknown meaning, possibly of Berber origin. This name was used by the Portuguese to refer to a portion of western Africa. It was also applied by westerners to the island of New Guinea starting in the 16th century. It is now the name or part of the full name of the countries of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and Papua New Guinea.
Guinée (Region, Country & Island) French
French form of Guinea.
Guinee (Region, Country & Island) Dutch
Dutch form of Guinea.
Ierland (Country & Island) Dutch
Dutch form of Ireland.
Ireland (Country & Island) English
Derived from Irish Gaelic Éire and English land.
Irland (Country & Island) German, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish
German, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish form of Ireland.
Irlanda (Country & Island) Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian form of Ireland.
Irlande (Country & Island) French
French form of Ireland.
Irlandia (Country & Island) Polish, Greek, Georgian, Indonesian
Polish, Greek, Georgian and Indonesian form of Ireland.
Irlandiya (Country & Island) Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of Ireland.
Irska (Country & Island) Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Macedonian and Slovene form of Éire.
Irsko (Country & Island) Czech
Czech form of Éire.
Ithaca (Island) English, Greek Mythology
From Greek Ἰθάκη (Ithake), meaning unknown. This is the name of an island off the west coast of Greece. In Greek mythology Ithaca was the home of the hero Odysseus. Homer's epic the Odyssey describes his long and perilous voyage home after the Trojan War.
Ithake (Island) Ancient Greek
Ancient Greek form of Ithaca.
Ithaki (Island) Greek
Modern Greek form of Ithaca.
Kıbrıs (Island & Country) Turkish
Turkish form of Cyprus.
Kypros (Island & Country) Greek, Norwegian, Ancient Greek
Greek and Norwegian form of Cyprus.
Lilliput (Island) Literature
Created by the Irish author Jonathan Swift for one of the islands in his novel Gulliver's Travels (1726). The novel's hero Gulliver is shipwrecked here, a place inhabited by a society of tiny people. Lilliput, a satirical version of Great Britain, is in conflict with the neighbouring island of Blefuscu, a satirical version of France. Though Swift did not explain the source of the name, he may have based it on English little and the archaic word put meaning "fool, silly man".
Moçambique (Island & Country) Portuguese, Swedish
Portuguese and Swedish form of Mozambique.
Mosambik (Island & Country) German, Norwegian
German and Norwegian form of Mozambique.
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.
Qubrus (Island & Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Cyprus.
Saint Pierre (Settlement & Island) French
Name commemorating Saint Peter. This is the name of several communes in France as well as a French island near Newfoundland.
Sgitheanach (Island) Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of Skye.
Sidney (Island) English
Means "wide island", from Old English sid "wide" and eg "island". This is the name of a place in Surrey.
Skye (Island) Scottish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Sgitheanach, meaning unknown. This is the name of an island off the west coast of Scotland.
Viti (Country & Island) Fijian, English
Fijian form of Fiji. This name is also used in English (and other languages) to refer to the main Fijian island of Viti Levu.
Zangibar (Island) Persian
Persian form of Zanzibar.
Zanjibar (Island) Arabic
Arabic form of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar (Island) Eastern African, 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.
Zypern (Island & Country) German
German form of Cyprus.