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ALABAMA (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, from the name of the Native American tribe Alabama
meaning "thick cutters," from Choctaw albah
"medicinal plants" and amo
ALASKA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Russian Аляска (Alyaska)
, which in turn is derived from Aleut alaxsxaq
meaning "object to which the action of the sea is directed". Alaska is the largest of the 50 American states, located northwest of the United States mainland and bordering Canada
ALBANY (Settlement) English
Name of the capital in New York
, renamed after British acquisition in 1664 in honor of the Dukes of Albany (House of Stuart), hence a name borne by their retainers.
ALBERTA (Political Subdivision) English
Name of one of the 12 provinces in Canada
, named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848–1939), the fourth daughter of Victoria, Queen of Canada, and Albert, Prince Consort.
ATLANTA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Georgia
, named by J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad.
AVONLEA (Settlement) Literature (Rare)
Coined by author Lucy Maude Montgomery as a place name in her Anne of Green Gables series. She intended for Avonlea
to echo the Avalon
of Arthurian legends, an idyllic place of beauty. Literally means "grassy meadow" from an unknown element and the Old English leah
"clearing, meadow"... [more]
BOSTON (Settlement) English
From a surname which was originally taken from an English place name meaning "Botwulf's stone". (It is likely that Botwulf was an ordinary landowner; later the place name became associated with the saint of the same name, Botulph
, who built a monastery there in the 7th century.) A city in Massachusetts bears this name... [more]
BOULDER (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Colorado
, from Middle English bulderston
, from a Scandinavian source akin to Swedish dialectal bullersten
"noisy stone", (Swedish buller
"rumbling noise" + sten
BRIGHTON (Settlement) English
The name of an English city, meaning "bright town" in Old English.
CALIFORNIA (Political Subdivision) Spanish, English
Name of a state in the United States, and two states in Mexico. California was once believed to be an island, and was named after the fictional island, California
, in Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo's novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'... [more]
CHARLOTTE (Settlement) English
Name of a city in North Carolina
, named in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become the Queen of Great Britain just seven years before the town's incorporation.
CHICAGO (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Illinois
, from town founded in 1833, named from a Canadian French form of Algonquian sheka:ko:heki
"place of the wild onion," or Ojibwa shika:konk
"at the skunk place".
CUZCO (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Incan (Spanish), Quechua (Spanish), Spanish (Archaic)
Traditional spelling of Cusco
, a city in Peru which was the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco
is the Hispanicized form of Quechua Qusqu
meaning "rock, boundary stone; heap of earth and stones; nucleus; navel; bed, dry bed of a lake".
DALLAS (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Texas
, possibly named in honor of American Vice President George Mifflin Dallas. Dallas is a surname which was originally taken from a Scottish place name meaning "meadow dwelling".
DELAWARE (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the Delaware river, which was named after Lord De La Warr, from French de la guerre
or de la werre
literally "of the war".
DES MOINES (Settlement) English
Name of the capital and the most populous city in Iowa
, which derived from Fort Des Moines, which was named for the Des Moines River. The French des Moines
translates to either "from the monks" or "of the monks".
DOVER (Settlement) English
Dover is a small, but important port town in Kent, Southern England. It is derived from the Brythonic Dubrās
, meaning 'water' (Modern Welsh ddwfr
, 'water, tears').... [more]
DUBLIN (Settlement) English, Croatian
From Irish dubh
"black" "dark" referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey on the site of the Castle Gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle.
HENGESDON (Settlement) Medieval English
Earlier name for Hingston Down in Moretonhampstead, Devon, recorded in 1333. It meant "Hengest's hill" or "stallion's hill" from the Old English byname Hengest
(or from Old English hengest
"stallion") and Old English dun
HESTITONA (Settlement) Anglo-Saxon (Latinized)
Latinized form of Old English Hengestestun
meaning "town of Hengest", derived from the genitive of the Old English personal name Hengest
"enclosure, yard, town". The village of Hinxton
in Cambridgeshire is listed in the Domesday Book (1086) as Hestitona
HINXTON (Settlement) English
The name of a village in Cambridgeshire, ultimately derived from a contraction of Old English Hengestestun
which possibly meant "town of Hengest", itself from the genitive of the Old English byname Hengest
(or from Old English hengest
"stallion") and Old English tun
"enclosure, yard, town".
ITHACA (Settlement) Greek Mythology
In Greek Mythology, Ithaca was the home of the hero Odysseus. The epic poem The Oddysey describes his long and perilous voyage home after the Trojan War. In literature, Ithaca has become synonymous with "home," "homeland," or "place dearest to you."
LIDICE (Settlement) Czech
Lidice is a village in the Czech Republic, which was completely destroyed by German Nazis in 1942. All people from Lidice, including over 100 children, were murdered. People and places all over the world have been named after the village to commemorate the massacre.
MANITOBA (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a province in Canada
, from Cree manitou-wapow
or Ojibwa manidoobaa
, both meaning "straits of Manitou, the Great Spirit",
MARMARA (Body of Water) English (Modern, Rare)
Place name; the Sea of Marmara is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea in Turkey.
MIAMI (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Florida
. The name was first mentioned by Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, a captive of Indians in southern Florida for 17 years, when he referred to what is now Lake Okeechobee as the "Lake of Mayaimi, which is called Mayaimi because it is very large"... [more]
MINNETONKA (Settlement) English
Name of a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota
, means "great water" from Dakota mni
"river, stream" and tanka
MONTREAL (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Canada
, from French le mont Royal
"mont royal". Jacques Cartier named it after the nearby mountain, but it is uncertain how royal
. A common explanation is that real is the Middle French form of Royal, but Cartier himself recorded le mont Royal
when he named it.
NEW JERSEY (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the largest of British channel islands Jersey.
NEW YORK (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of a city in that state, named after the then Duke of York
, later King James II of England.
PASADENA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in California
, from Ojibwe pa-sa-de-na
, meaning "valley of the valley" "crown of the valley" "key of the valley" or "hill of the valley". Although the Ojibwe had no ties to Southern California, Dr... [more]
PORTLAND (Settlement) American
In America, it is most likely used as a place name in reference to Portland, Oregon.
RALEIGH (Settlement) English
Name of the capital in North Carolina
, named for Sir Walter Raleigh, sponsor of Roanoke, the "lost colony" on Roanoke Island.
RHODE ISLAND (Island & Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, said to have been named by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano when he passed through in 1524, based on an imagined similarity between modern Block Island and the Greek Isle of Rhodes, or possibly from Dutch Roodt Eylandt
, literally "red island", a name given by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block.
RIMAC (River) Spanish (Latin American)
Rimac River, Rimac derives from quechua "Rimay" which means "to speak", Rimac River is called "the speaking river", "the river that babbles/chatters/speaks a lot", in some sense "the roaring river" or "the noisy river".
SAN ANTONIO (Settlement & River) English
Means "Saint Anthony" from Spanish san
"Saint" + Antonio
, a Spanish form of the given name ANTHONY
. The river was named after San Antonio de Padua by the first governor of Spanish Texas, Domingo Terán de los Ríos in 1691... [more]
TRIBECA (Settlement) English
After the New York neighbourhood, ultimately derived from "TRIangle BElow CAnal street".
TUNISIA (Country) English, Italian, Galician
Derived from the name تُونِس (tūnis)
, the name of the capital city of Tunisia (see Tunis
, of disputed meaning. One theory suggests Berber origin from the Tamazight root ⵜⵏⵙ (tns)
meaning "to lay down" or "encampment" or ens
meaning "to lie down, to pass the night", Others state that the name is from Tanith
, the name of a Phoenician goddess, or from Tynes
, the name of an ancient city... [more]
WICHITA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Kansas
, named after the Native American tribe Wichita
. Possibly from Wichita We-chate hatchee
, "Red Water River".
YONKERS (Settlement) English
Name of the 4th most populous city in New York
state, a variant of Dutch Jonkers
, "young gentleman", derived from Dutch jong