Browse Submitted Place Names
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AONIA (Country) English
This was an ancient name of the country of Boeotia in Greek legend, allegedly derived from that of the hero Aon
. Aonia was a region sacred to the Muses, whom the English poet Alexander Pope called the "Aonian maids".
AQUITAINE (Region) French
French form of Aquitania
. This is the name of a historical region of France located roughly between the Pyrenees, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Garonne. It also refers to a former kingdom and duchy.
ARIMATHEA (Settlement) Biblical
, the Latinized form of Greek Ἁριμαθαία (Harimathaia)
, probably of Aramaic or Hebrew origin; it may be connected to רָמָתַיִם (Ramathayim)
, a biblical place name also recorded as Aramathaim
, derived from Hebrew רָמָה (ramah)
ARKHAM (Settlement) Literature
The name of a fictional town in Essex County, Massachusetts, used in the stories of H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937). It may be influenced by Latin arcanum
meaning "mystery, secret" and Old English ham
AVALBANE (Settlement) Irish (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Irish Abhaill Bhán
"white orchard". This is or was the name of a township in the civil parish of Clontibret in County Monaghan, Ireland.
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]
BIFRǪST (Other) Norse Mythology
Means "swaying road to heaven", derived from Old Norse bifa
("shake, sway"). In Norse mythology this is the name of the bridge connecting Asgard and Midgard.
BLACKHEATH (Political Subdivision) English
English place name which may be a corruption of "bleak heath", or simply mean "dark heath" from Old English blæc
"black" and hǣth
(see also Heath
). According to a false popular belief, the place (originally an open heathland) was given its name due to its reputed use as a mass burial ground for victims of the Black Death in the 1340s... [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]
BRAINT (River) Welsh
The name of a small river on Anglesey, an island off the north-west coast of Wales. It is probably a Welsh form of Brigantia
CALLIFAE (Settlement) English
From the name of a town in ancient Italy, of uncertain origin. It was mentioned only by the Roman historian Livy, and may correspond to the village Calvisi, at the foot of the Monte Matese.
CELILO (Body of Water) Native American
Means: echo of falling water. A famous waterfall used as a Native American fishing ground.
CHANTILLY (Settlement) French
From the name of a town in France near Paris, ultimately derived from the Gallo-Roman name Cantilius
. The city gave its name to a type of delicate lace originally made there.
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".
DEMELZA (Settlement) Cornish
Name of a hamlet in Cornwall, sometimes explained as a contraction of Cornish Dinas Maeldaf
"fort of Maeldaf", but more likely derived from Cornish ty
"house" and malsai
EDINBURGH (Settlement) Scottish
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland. It was first attested in the Cumbric form Dinn Eidyn
, meaning 'castle of Edin', hence the Gaelic name Dùn Èideann
ELWY (River) Welsh
The name of a river in Wales, possibly meaning "second river" from Welsh ail
"a second, another" and the river name suffix wy
EVRYTANIA (Political Subdivision) Greek
Derived from Εὐρυτᾶνες (Eurytanes)
"Eurytanians", the name of an ancient Aetolian tribe who inhabited Eurytania, an ancient region. It is possibly derived from Greek εὐρύτης (eurytes)
meaning "width, breadth", itself a derivative of εὐρύς (eurys)
"wide, broad", or Greek εὔρυτος (eurytos)
meaning "full-flowing", from εὖ (eu)
"well" and ῥέω (rheo)
"to flow, run, stream, gush".... [more]
GEHENNA (Other) Biblical, Judeo-Christian Legend
Latin form of the Greek Γέεννα (Géenna)
, from a contracted form of Hebrew גֵּיא בֶן הִנֹּם (gē ḇen hinnōm)
meaning "valley of the son of Hinnom". This is the name of hell in Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition, taken from the name of a valley outside Jerusalem which was filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt... [more]
GWALIA (Country) Welsh (Archaic)
Gwalia is an archaic Welsh name for "Wales". It derives from the Medieval Latin Wallia
, which in turn is a Latinisation of the English 'Wales'. Although never as widely used as Cymru, Gwalia was once popular as a poetic name for the country.... [more]
HABANA (Settlement) Spanish
From the Spanish name of the capital city of Cuba, known in English as Havana
, the origin and meaning of which is obscure. Most likely it is based on Habaguanex
, the name of a local Taíno (Arawak) chief.
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
HIALEAH (Settlement) American
The name of a city in the American state of Florida, commonly said to mean "pretty prairie" from Muskogee haiyakpo
"prairie" and hili
"pretty". Alternatively it may mean "high prairie" or "upland prairie" in Seminole.
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".
HY-BRASIL (Island) Irish Mythology (?), Folklore
Possibly from derived from Irish Uí Breasail
meaning "clan of Breasal
". This was the name of a mythical island off the western coast of Ireland that appeared on maps from 1325.
ILKLEY (Settlement) English
Of uncertain origin. The English-born clergyman Robert Collyer (1823-1912) claimed this is derived from an old British word llecan
meaning "rock". The second syllable may be derived from Old English leah
ISCA (River) Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Romanized form of a Celtic river name, from Common Celtic *iska
- "water" (cognate with whiskey
). This is the Latin name for both the River Exe and the River Usk, after which the towns of Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) and Caerleon (Isca Augusta) got their Roman names.
JAMAICA (Island) English
From the Arawaks originally called the island "Xymaica". It means "land of wood and water". Before the spaniards changed the name into Jamaica.
KRITI (Island) Greek
Modern Greek transcription of Κρήτη (see Crete
). This is the name of the largest and most populous island of Greece, known for its varied terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains.
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.
LIFFEY (River) Irish
The River Liffey runs through the city of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. In poetry and mythology, the river is called Abhainn An Life, which is occasionally anglicized as 'Anna Liffey'
LUMHALGHS (Settlement) Medieval English
The name of a lost place in the historic county of Lancashire; the hamlet of Lumhalghs was located east of the river Roch. Allegedly, it was derived from the Old English elements lum
"pool" and halh
"nook, recess".... [more]
LYD (River) English
The name of a river in Devon, England, perhaps derived from a Celtic source such as Lludd
, though the usual derivation is Old English hlȳde
"noisy stream" - which the Saxons may have assumed was the river's name.
MALMÖ (Settlement) Swedish
Newer form of Malmhaug
meaning "gravel pile" or "ore hill". Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden.
MEGHALAYA (Political Subdivision) Indian
Means "abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a state in northeastern India.
MORVAH (Settlement) Cornish
From Cornish Morvedh
, derived from mor
"sea" and bedh
"grave". This is the name of a small Cornish village.
MOURNE (Mountain) Irish
Both the name of a mountain range and a river in Northern Ireland, meaning "misty fists" from Irish múig
"smoke, gloom" and dorn
NARNIA (Country) Literature
The name of a fictional country which is the setting of C. S. Lewis's 'Chronicles of Narnia' series of fantasy novels for children. This coincides with the old Latin name of Narni
, an Italian town in the region of Umbria, which may have inspired Lewis.
ORCADIA (Island) Medieval, Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
A medieval name for the Orkney Islands, the famous archipelago of the northwest coast of Scotland. It comes from the Roman name Orcades
which was probably derived from Celtic *forko
- "young pig"... [more]
PALESTRINA (Settlement) Italian
The name of a town east of Rome in central Italy, apparently derived from Praeneste
, its ancient name.
PANGEA (Other) History
Name of the first supercontinent from the greek Pan
meaning "all" and gaia
PHOENICIA (Region) Ancient Greek
From the Ancient Greek: Φοινίκη, Phoiníkē meaning "purple country") was a thalassocratic ancient Semitic civilization that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the west of the Fertile Crescent.
SECACAH (Settlement) Biblical
A Hebrew girl's name, originating in Israel, meaning "covering, defense"
SETON (Settlement) English
A Scottish place, Seaton
near Longniddry, "is so named because it was held from the 12th century by a Norman family de Sey
, from Say
in Indre. Other places of this name, for example those in Cumbria, Devon, County Durham, Northumbria, and Yorkshire, are mostly named with Old English sæ
"sea, lake" and tun
"enclosure, settlement"... [more]
SILOAM (Body of Water) Biblical
Hellenized form of Hebrew שִׁלֻּחָה (Shiloach)
, derived from שילח (shileach)
"to send out" and interpreted as meaning "a sending out, gushing forth (of water)". According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, the Pool of Siloam was a spring in the southeast corner of Jerusalem where Jesus sent the "man born blind" to wash and receive sight... [more]
SINAI (Mountain) Hebrew, English, German
Biblical place name, both the mountain upon which Moses
receives the Ten Commandments from God and the desert where it is located, found between Canaan and Egypt.... [more]
TAHOE (Body of Water) American
Tahoe is a lake on the California/Nevada border in America.
TAYGETOS (Mountain) Greek Mythology, Greek
The Taygetos or Taÿgetus is a mountain range in the Peloponnese peninsula in Southern Greece. The highest mountain of the range is Mount Taygetus; its name is probably pre-Greek and of unknown meaning... [more]
TERABITHIA (Political Subdivision) Literature
The magical kingdom from the children's novel 'Bridge to Terabithia' (1977) by Katherine Paterson. Terabithia means "land of the turpentine-trees", it is in relation to the island Terebinthia in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C. S. Lewis.
THULE (Island) Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Θούλη (Thoule)
, the name of an island north of Britain which was discovered by the 4th-century BC geographer Pytheas, who arrived at it after a voyage of six days from the Orkney Islands... [more]
TUSCANY (Region) English
Tuscany is named after the Etruscans who settled central Italy in the 8th century BC.
VEYATIE (Body of Water) Scottish
The name of a loch in north-west Scotland, from the Gaelic Mheathadaidh
, which is of uncertain derivation. This appears to be a tri-thematic name composed of meatha
-, a derivative of Old Norse mjó
"narrow", combined with an uncertain second element and the suffix -aidh
, derived from Old Norse á
VÍÐBLÁINN (Other) Norse Mythology
Derived from Old Norse víðr
"wide, extensive" and blár
"blue, dark, livid" (the colour used to describe corpses and bruises, e.g. hel-blár
"black as death"; compare Bláinn
WORTHINGTON (Settlement) English
Place name meaning either "Wurð's settlement" or "enclosed settlement" in Old English.
ZZYZX (Settlement) English
When it was invented to be the last word listed in a dictionary, an area in California was named Zzyzx.