Greek Place Names

Greek names are used in the country of Greece and other Greek-speaking communities throughout the world. See also about Greek names.
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AFGANISTAN Αφγανιστάν (Country) Russian, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Estonian, Icelandic, Greek, Indonesian
Form of AFGHANISTAN in several languages.
AIGYPTOS Αίγυπτος (Country) Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of EGYPT.
AITHIOPIA Αιθιοπία (Country) Greek, Ancient Greek
Greek form of ETHIOPIA.
ALGERIA Αλγερία (Country) English, Italian, Romanian, Greek, Finnish
The name of a country in North Africa, named after its capital city ALGIERS.
ANGLIA Αγγλία (Country & Region) Late Roman, Polish, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek
Late Latin form of ENGLAND (and also of ANGEL).
ARGENTINI Αργεντινή (Country) Greek
Greek form of ARGENTINA.
ARMENIA Αρμενία (Country) English, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Polish, Greek, Norwegian, Finnish, Indonesian, Malay, Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek, Ancient Persian
From Greek Ἀρμενία (Armenia), which was from Old Persian Armina, which is itself probably of Armenia origin. This is the name of a country in the Caucasus region, called Hayastan in Armenian.
ASIA Ασία (Region) English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Greek, Norwegian, Indonesian, Malay, Ancient Greek
Perhaps derived from Akkadian asu, meaning "east". This is the name of the world's largest continent.
ATHINA Αθήνα (Settlement) Greek
Modern Greek form of ATHENS.
ATTIKI Αττική (Region) Greek
Modern Greek form of ATTICA.
BELIZ Μπελίζ (Country & River) Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek, Bosnian
Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Greek and Bosnian form of BELIZE.
DELFOI Δελφοί (Settlement) Greek
Modern Greek transcription of DELPHOI.
EFFRATIS Ευφράτης (River) Greek
Modern Greek form of EUPHRATES.
ELLADA Ελλάδα (Country) Greek
Modern Greek form of Ancient Greek Ἑλλάδα (Hellada), derived from Ἕλλην (Hellen) meaning "Greek", which is of uncertain origin. This is the Greek endonym for Greece.
EVRIPOS Εύριπος (Body of Water) Greek
Modern Greek of EURIPOS.
FINLANDIA Φινλανδία (Country) Spanish, Italian, Polish, Greek, Indonesian
Spanish, Italian, Polish, Greek and Indonesian form of Finnland (see FINLAND).
GEORGIA (1) Γεωργία (Country) English, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Late Roman
Possibly of Persian origin, maybe from Middle Persian gurg meaning "wolf". In Europe the name was long explained as derived from the given name George. This is the name of a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia. It is called Sakartvelo in Georgian.
GERMANIA Γερμανία (Country) Ancient Roman, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Georgian
Latin, Italian, Greek, Romanian and Georgian form of GERMANY.
IEROUSALIM Ιερουσαλήμ (Settlement) Greek
Modern Greek form of JERUSALEM.
INDIA Ινδία (Country) English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Estonian, Slovak, Hungarian, Romanian, Albanian, Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek
Derived from the name of the INDUS River. In many languages of India, the name Bharat is used to refer to the country. However, some southern Indian languages use spellings based on English India.
IRAN Ιράν (Country) Persian, Arabic, English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Japanese, Korean
Derived from Middle Persian Eran, related to Old Iranian Arya meaning "Iranian, Aryan". This is the name of a country in western Asia, formerly called Persia in the West.
IRLANDIA Ιρλανδία (Country & Island) Polish, Greek, Georgian, Indonesian
Polish, Greek, Georgian and Indonesian form of IRELAND.
ITALIA Ιταλία (Country) Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Norwegian, Finnish, Georgian, Indonesian, Ancient Roman
Italian and Latin form of ITALY, as well as the form in several other languages.
KAZAKSTAN Καζακστάν (Country) Kyrgyz, Greek, Finnish, Swedish
Kyrgyz, Greek, Finnish and Swedish form of Kazakh Қазақстан (see KAZAKHSTAN).
KENYA Κένυα (Country & Mountain) English, Eastern African, Kikuyu, Swahili, French, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Greek, Turkish
The country is named for Mount Kenya, which in the Kikuyu language is called Kĩrĩnyaga meaning "the one having stripes".
KOREA Κορέα (Country) English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Czech, Greek, Georgian, Indonesian, Malay
From medieval Latin Corea, itself derived from GORYEO, the name of a kingdom that ruled most of the Korean Peninsula from the 10th to 14th centuries. This is the name of two countries, North and South Korea. Hanguk and Joseon are the Korean names for the countries.
KROATIA Κροατία (Country) Norwegian, Finnish, Greek
Norwegian, Finnish and Greek form of CROATIA.
KYPROS Κύπρος (Island & Country) Greek, Norwegian, Ancient Greek
Greek and Norwegian form of CYPRUS.
LEFKOROSIA Λευκορωσία (Country) Greek
Means "white Russia", a Greek calque of BELARUS.
MAROKO Μαρόκο (Country) Polish, Estonian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek, Georgian, Indonesian
Form of MOROCCO in several languages.
MEXIKO Μεξικό (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.
MONGOLIA Μογγολία (Country, Political Subdivision & Region) English, Spanish, Italian, Greek
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.
NAPOLI Νάπολη (Settlement) Italian, Greek
Italian form of NAPLES, as well as the modern Greek form.
NAZARET Ναζαρέτ (Settlement) Spanish, Italian, German, Greek, Armenian, Croatian, Serbian, Ancient Greek, Biblical Greek
Form of NAZARETH in various languages.
NEPAL Νεπάλ (Country) Nepali, Indian, Hindi, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Finnish, Estonian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Romanian, Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Greek, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Indonesian, Malay, Sanskrit
From Sanskrit नेपाल (Nepal), of unknown meaning. This is the name of a landlocked country in south Asia.
NIGIRIA Νιγηρία (Country) Greek
Greek form of NIGERIA.
OLYMPOS Όλυμπος (Mountain) Ancient Greek, Greek
Meaning unknown. This is the name of the highest mountain in Greece. According to legend is the home of the Greek gods.
POLONIA Πολωνία (Country) Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Greek
Italian, Spanish, Romanian and Greek form of POLAND.
PRAGA Πράγα (Settlement) Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Slovene, Russian, Bulgarian, Greek
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Polish, Slovene, Russian, Bulgarian and Greek form of Praha (see PRAGUE).
ROSIA Ρωσία (Country) Greek
Greek form of RUSSIA.
SLOVAKIA Σλοβακία (Country) English, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek
From Slovák, the Slovak form of medieval Slavic slovene, referring to the tribe of the Slavs. This is the name of a country in central Europe.
SLOVENIA Σλοβενία (Country) English, Italian, Romanian, Norwegian, Finnish, Greek, Georgian
From Slovene, the language of the Slovenes, derived from the medieval Slavic tribal name slovene meaning "Slavs". This is the name of a country in central Europe.
SOMALIA Σομαλία (Country) English, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Albanian
From the ethnic name Somali, of uncertain meaning. The Somali people connect it to their mythical ancestor Samaale. Italian and British colonists applied the ethnic name to the Horn of Africa region in the 19th century. It became an independent country in 1960.
SOUDAN Σουδάν (Country) French, Greek
French and Greek form of SUDAN.
SYRIA Συρία (Country & Region) English, Polish, Norwegian, Greek, Ancient Roman, Ancient Greek
From Greek Συρία (Syria), which was probably a variant of ASSYRIA, used in an expanded sense to refer to the northern Levant. This was the name of a province of the Roman Empire. It is now the name of a country in western Asia, having gained independence from the Ottoman Empire early in the 20th century.
TOURKIA Τουρκία (Country) Greek
Greek form TURKEY.
TZORTZIA Τζόρτζια (Political Subdivision) Greek
Greek form of GEORGIA (2).
VENETIA Βενετία (Region & Settlement) Ancient Roman, Late Roman, Greek
From the name of the Veneti people who inhabited northeastern Italy in ancient times. Their tribal name possibly meant something like "kinfolk" or "friendly". This was the Latin name for the region now called Veneto, and later the Latin name for the city of Venice (which did not exist in the classical period).
VENEZOUELA Βενεζουέλα (Country) Greek
Greek form of VENEZUELA.
VIETNAM Βιετνάμ (Country) English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Greek
From Việt Nam, meaning "southern Yue", derived from Sino-Vietnamese (việt), referring to the Yue people, and (nam) meaning "south". This is the name of a country in southeastern Asia.
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