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ABAKAN (Settlement & River) Russian, English
Derived from the name Abakhan
which is the name of a mythological Turkish khan (king). His name means "bear's blood" in the Khakas language, and was bestowed to the present-day Abakan River and the city of the same name... [more]
ABERDEEN (Settlement) English (Rare)
A city in Scotland, stemming from the prefix aber- meaning 'river mouth', and the suffix -deen, which could possibly be referring to the rivers don and dee.
ABISKO (Other) Swedish
From Northern Sami Ábeskovvu
meaning "forest by the big water", from Sami áphi
"lake, sea, big water" and skovvu
, identical to Swedish skog
"forest". The "big water" is probably Torneträsk
ÅBO (Settlement) Swedish
Possibly from Swedish å
"river" and bo
"home, dwelling" or "dweller, inhabitant". Other meanings are possible, like it being derived from the given name AABO
ABUJA (Settlement) Western African, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Turkish, Urdu
, a nickname of 19th-century monarch Abubakar Jatau (sometimes referred to as "Abu"), who founded what is now the city of Abuja in 1828. By some accounts, he was described as having fair skin, which possibly earned him the nickname Ja
meaning "red" in Hausa... [more]
ACÁDIA (Country, Region & Settlement) Portuguese
Portuguese form of both Acadia
(mostly the ancient city, but sometimes also the Akkadian Empire).
ACEH (Political Subdivision) Indonesian, Buginese, Malay, Minangkabau, Danish, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
From Acehnese Acèh
, meaning uncertain. A popular backronym states that it is derived from Indonesian Arab, Cina, Eropa, Hindia
meaning "Arab, China, Europe, Indies" referring to the groups and regions that have historically influenced the people of Aceh... [more]
ADAM-ONDI-AHMAN (Mountain) Mormon
According to LDS theology, this is where Adam was declared Michael, the archangel.
ADYGA KHAKU (Country & Region) Circassian
From Circassian адыгэ (adyga)
, the name of the Adyghe people, combined with хэку (khaku)
meaning "homeland, land". This is the Circassian name for Circassia
ADYGEA (Political Subdivision) English, Indonesian, Malay, Tagalog
From Russian Адыгея (Adygeya)
, which is from Adyghe адыгэ (adyge)
, the endonym of the Circassian (Adyghe) people. The ethnic name is of uncertain meaning, though it may mean "mountain between seas" or "mountain by the sea"... [more]
ADYGEYCHO (Political Subdivision) Chechen
From адыгей (adygey)
, the Chechen name for the Circassian (Adyghe) people, combined with the suffix -чоь (-cho)
meaning "place of". This is the Chechen name for Adygea
AE (Settlement & River) Scottish, Scots
The name of a village and a stream in Southwest Scotland. The name seems to be derived from Old Norse á
, meaning 'river'.
AFRIKA (Region) Abkhaz, Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Avar, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chechen, Circassian, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Gagauz, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Ingush, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Lezgin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uzbek, Yakut
Form of AFRICA
AGADIR (Settlement) English, Berber
Derived from Berber ⴰⴳⴰⴷⵉⵔ (agadir)
meaning "wall, enclosure, fortified building, citadel". Agadir is a port city located in southwestern MOROCCO
along the shore of the Atlantic
AHMESTRAH (Country) Mormon
An alternate name for Egypt, used in Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language, which was written by Joseph Smith.
AIKAWA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of several towns in Japan. The first one (愛川) is located in Kanagawa Prefecture in eastern Japan, the second one (合川), located in Akita Prefecture in northern Japan, was merged with other towns to form the city of Kitaakita... [more]
AIRE (River) English
The name of a river in Yorkshire in England which passes through Leeds. Of uncertain etymology, probably of Celtic origin.
AIRTON (Settlement) English
The name of a small village and civil parish in the Craven district of North Yorkshire in England, also known as Airton-in-Craven. It is derived from a combination of AIRE
(referring to the river) and Old English tun
meaning "enclosure, yard, town."
AKERSHUS (Political Subdivision) Norwegian
The Norwegian fylke of Akershus is names after Akershus Fortress, meaning "the (fortified) house of (the district) Aker." Aker used to be a Norwegian municipality, but it is now an area in OSLO
AKIHABARA (Other) Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki)
meaning "autumn", 葉 (ha)
meaning "leaf" and 原 (hara)
meaning "meadow, field, plain".
AKTI ELEFANTOSTOU (Country) Greek
Greek form of Ivory Coast
. It literally means "Coast of Ivory" in Greek, as it is derived from the Greek noun ακτή (akti)
meaning "coast" combined with the Greek noun ελεφαντοστό (elefantosto)
AKUREYRI (Settlement) Icelandic
Combination of Icelandic akur
"field" and eyri
"sandbank". Akureyri is a town in the north of Iceland.
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
ÅLAND (Island) Swedish
Either derived from Old Norse *Ahvaland
meaning "land of water" (from ahva
"water"), or from Finnish Ahvenanmaa
"perch land" (from ahven
"perch"). Åland is an autonomous archipelago province in the BALTIC SEA
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.
ALBUQUERQUE (Settlement) English (American)
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony.
ALDERNEY (Island) English, Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND
. It may be a corruption of 'adreni' or 'alrene', derived from Old Norse, meaning "island near the coast". Alternatively, it may come from other old Norse words; 'alda', meaning "swelling wave', 'renna', meaning "strong current', and -ey
, meaning "island'.
ALEI (River) German
German transcription of the Russian Aley River.
ALESSANDRIA (Settlement) Italian
City in Piedmont, north-western Italy. Founded in the XII century and named after pope Alexander III.
ALGOMA (Region) Algonquin
Region in ONTARIO
. Created name by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. The 'al' is from "Algonquin", the the 'goma' is from the word 'gomee', meaning "water".
ALMATI (Settlement) Kazakh, Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Georgian, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Tajik, Urdu, Uzbek
Form of ALMATY
as well as an alternate transcription of ALMATY
ALMATY (Settlement) Kazakh, Albanian, Belarusian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkmen, Ukrainian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Kazakh алма (alma)
meaning "apple". This is the name of the largest city in Kazakhstan
ALMERÍA (Settlement) Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city. Means 'the mirror of the sea.'
ALOR SETAR (Settlement) Malay, Indonesian, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
From Malay alor
meaning "river, stream" and setar
meaning "gandaria" (a type of fruit). This is the name of a city in Malaysia that serves as the capital of Kedah.
AL-QAHIRAH (Settlement) Arabic
It is the original form of CAIRO
the Egyptian capital city. Al-Qāhira means 'The Conquerer' because of a myth between its foundation and the planet Mars (that in Arabic is 'The Conquerer Star').
ALTAI (Political Subdivision & Mountain) English, Mongolian, Russian, Altai, Kazakh
Combination of Mongolian алт (alt)
meaning "gold" and тай (tay)
meaning "with" (wholly meaning "the mountain with gold"). The Altai Republic is a federal subject north of Mongolia in Russia... [more]
AMALFI (Settlement) Italian, Spanish (Latin American)
The name of a coastal in the Italian province of Salerno and a town and municipality in the Antioquia Department of Colombia which is named in honour of the Italian town.... [more]
AMJALINA (Settlement) Belarusian
Derived from the Belarusian noun амяла (amjala)
meaning "mistletoe". This is the name of two villages in Belarus.
AMPER (River) German
This is the name of a river in Southern Bavaria, located in Southern Germany.... [more]
ANADYR (Political Subdivision) Russian (Archaic)
Although the town itself has only been in existence for just over a century, the origins of the name Anadyr are much older. The name initially derives from the Yukaghir word "any-an" meaning "river"