Submitted Place Names Starting with A

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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]
ABBOTSFORD (Other) English (Canadian)
A city in British Columbia, Canada. It is in the Fraser Valley region.
ABCHASIË (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Abkhazia.
ABCHAZIË (Political Subdivision) Dutch
Dutch form of Abkhazia.
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... [more]
ABKHAZIA (Country & Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Russian Абхазия (Abkhaziya), which is derived from Georgian აფხაზეთი (Apkhazeti); ultimately from Abkhaz Аҧсны (Aṗsny), meaning "country of mortals" (popularly "a land/country of the soul")... [more]
ABKHAZIYA (Country & Political Subdivision) Russian
Russian form of Abkhazia.
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. This is the Swedish name of Turku.
ABOE DHABI (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Abu Dhabi.
ABONDANCE (Political Subdivision) French
ABYSSINIA (Country) English
The name of Ethiopia until the early 20th century.
ACÁDIA (Country, Region & Settlement) Portuguese
Portuguese form of both Acadia and Akkad (mostly the ancient city, but sometimes also the Akkadian Empire).
ACADIE (Region) French
French form of Acadia.
ACADIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Acadia.
ACARNÂNIA (Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Acarnania.
ACARNANIE (Region) French
French form of Acarnania.
ADAM-ONDI-AHMAN (Mountain) Mormon
According to LDS theology, this is where Adam was declared Michael, the archangel.
ADYGEA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Adyghe адыгэ ‎(adyge) referring to an Adyghe person, collectively an ethnic group in the Caucasus. Adygea is a republic of Russia in the Caucasus region. It was formerly a part of the historic region of Circassia.
ADYGE KHEKU (Region) Adyghe
Adyghe form of Circassia.
ADYGEYA (Political Subdivision) Russian
Russian form of 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'.
AFRYKA (Region) Polish, Ukrainian
Polish and Ukrainian 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 Ocean.
AĞBAN (Settlement) Khakas
Khakas form of Abakan.
AGDZ (Settlement) Morocco
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]
AKAADIA (Region) Estonian
Estonian form of Acadia.
AKÁDIA (Region) Slovak
Slovak form of Acadia.
AKADIA (Region) Greek, Polish
Greek and Polish form of Acadia.
AKÁDIE (Region) Czech
Czech form of Acadia.
AKADIEN (Region) German, Swedish
German and Swedish form of Acadia.
AKADIJA (Region) Lithuanian, Serbian
Lithuanian and Serbian form of Acadia.
AKADIYA (Region) Bulgarian, Russian
Bulgarian and Russian form of Acadia.
AKARNANIEN (Region) German, Swedish
German and Swedish form of Akarnania (see Acarnania).
AKARNANIJA (Region) Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian and Slovenian form of Acarnania.
AKELDAMA (Region) Biblical, Ancient Aramaic
"Field of blood"
AKEN (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Aachen.
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.... [more]
AKIHABARA (Other) Japanese
From Japanese 秋 (aki) meaning "autumn", 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf" and 原 (hara) meaning "meadow, field, plain".
AKUREYRI (Settlement) Icelandic
Combination of Icelandic akur "field" and eyri "sandbank". Akureyri is a town in the north of Iceland.
AKWITANIË (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Aquitaine.
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 "to clear".
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... [more]
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.
ALBANIË (Country) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Albania.
ALBĀNIJA (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Albania.
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.
ALEI (River) German
German transcription of the Russian Aley River.
ALEXANDRIË (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Alexandria.
ALGERIË (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Algeria.
ALGERIET (Country) Swedish, Danish
Swedish and Danish form of Algeria.
ALGERIJE (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Algeria.
AL-JAZAIR (Country & Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Algeria and Algiers (the city and country share the same Arabic name).
AL-MAGHRIB (Country) Arabic
Arabic form of Morocco.
ALMATY (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English
Meaning disputed. One theory suggests that the name comes from Almatu, a medieval tribe that inhabited the area near present-day Almaty. Another states that the name is derived from the Kazakh word алма (alma) meaning "apple".
ALMERÍA (Settlement) Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city. Means 'the mirror of the sea.'
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').
AL-QAWQAZ (Region) Arabic
Arabic form of Caucasus.
AL-QUDS (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic name for Jerusalem, which literally means "the Holiness" in Arabic.
ALSÁCIA (Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Alsace (a region of France).
ALSACIA (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Alsace (a region of France).
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]
ALTAY (Political Subdivision & Mountain) Russian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz
Russian, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz form of Altai.
ALTURA (Settlement) Portuguese
ALŽIR (Country) Croatian
Croatian form of Algeria.
AMBRÁCIA (Settlement) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Ambracia.
AMBRACIE (Settlement) French
French form of Ambracia.
AMEERIKA (Country & Region) Estonian
Estonian form of America.
AMÈRICA (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of America.
AMERIK (Country) Haitian Creole, Mongolian
Haitian Creole and Mongolian form of America.
Formal Swedish name for the United States of America. The country is usually referred to as USA or Amerika in everyday speech.
AMERIKË (Country) Albanian
Albanian form of America.
AMERIKI (Country & Region) Greek
Greek form of America.
AMERIKKA (Country & Region) Finnish
Finnish form of America.
AMERIKO (Country) Esperanto
Esperanto form of America.
AMIGDALIA (Settlement) Greek
Greek name that means almond tree.
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]
AMRIKO (Country) Tajik
Tajik form of America.
AMURKA (Country) Hausa
Hausa form of America.
ANATOLIE (Region) French
French form of Anatolia.
ANATOLIË (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Anatolia.
ANATOLIEN (Region) Danish, German, Luxembourgish, Swedish
Danish, German, Luxembourgish and Swedish form of Anatolia.
ANCRE (River) French
This is the name of a river in Picardy, France.
ANDALUCÍA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Spanish form of Andalusia.
ANDALUSIË (Political Subdivision) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Andalusia.
ANDALUSIEN (Political Subdivision) Danish, German, Swedish
Danish, German and Swedish form of Andalusia.
ANDEGAVIA (Region) Late Roman
Latin name for the former French county and province of Anjou.
ANDELLE (River) French
The name of a river in Normandy, France.
ANDORA (Country) Croatian
Croatian form of Andorra.
ANDORRA (Country) Various
The name of the country of Andorra, whose name is possibly derived from a Basque word andurrial (“shrub-covered land”), but it may come from Arabic الدرا (“the forest”) or Spanish andar (“to walk”).
ÅNGERMANLAND (Region) Swedish
Derived from Old Norse anger "deep fjord". Ångermanland is a historical province in Northern Sweden.
ANGERTON (Settlement) English
ANJOU (Other) English, French
From the name of the former county/duchy/province centered around the city of Angers in the Loire Valley of western France, which is in the present-day département of Maine-et-Loire. It was the cradle of the House of Plantagenet who ruled England from the twelfth century, of whom the current royal family are descendants... [more]
ANKARA (Settlement) Turkish, English
Derived from Ancient Greek ἄγκυρα (ánkura) meaning "anchor". The city was formerly called Ancyra and Angora. Ankara is a city in Turkey and the largest city after Istanbul.
AN SEARRACH (Island) Irish
Gaelic form of Serough Island.
ANSONIA (Political Subdivision) English
An eponymous city in Connecticut's Naugatuck River Valley named for founder Anson Green Phelps. In the 19th and early 20th centuries Ansonia was an manufacturing hub; one successful business was the Ansonia Clock Company, which sold world-wide... [more]
ANTARCTICA (Region) English
Greek for "opposite of the North".
ANTARKTIKA (Region) Croatian
Croatian form of Antarctica.
ANTIOCHIË (Settlement) Dutch
Dutch form of Antiochia (see Antioch).
ANTIOGIË (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Antiochia (see Antioch).
ANZAH (Settlement) Arabic
ANZIO (Political Subdivision) Italian
City on the shore of Italy. In Roman times it was known as Antium.
ÁO (Country) Vietnamese
Means Austria in Vietnamese.
AOBA (Political Subdivision) Japanese
From Japanese 青 (ao) meaning "blue, green" and 葉 (ha) meaning "leaf".
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".
APKHAZETI (Country & Political Subdivision) Georgian
Georgian form of Abkhazia.
APPALACHIA (Region) English
Appalachia is the name of a cultural region in the Eastern United States. The meaning of the name is unknown, but it is ultimately of Native American origin, as the region was named after a Native American tribe.
APULIË (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Apulia.
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.
AQUITANIA (Region) Spanish
Aquitania was a region of Gaul inhabited by the Aquitani, a people living in Gallo-Roman times in what is now Aquitaine, France.
AQUITANIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Aquitaine.
AQUITANIEN (Region) Danish, German
Danish and German form of Aquitaine.
ARACHOSIE (Region) French
French form of Arachosia.
ARACHOSIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Arachosia.
ARACHOSIEN (Region) German
German form of Arachosia.
ARACHOSIJA (Region) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Arachosia.
ARACHOZJA (Region) Polish
Polish form of Arachosia.
ARACÓSIA (Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Arachosia.
ARACOSIA (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Arachosia.
ARAHOZIJA (Region) Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Serbian and Slovenian form of Arachosia.
ARCÁDIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Arcadia.
ARCADIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of Arcadia.
ARCADIË (Political Subdivision & Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Arcadia.
ARDEA (Settlement) Late Roman
Means "heron" in Latin. A town in Italy.
ÅRE (Settlement) Swedish
Meaning uncertain, but probably derived from Old West Norse *ár "peak, crest". Åre is a village and a popular ski resort in Jämtland, Sweden.
ARENDAL (Settlement) Norwegian
Combination of Old Norse ǫrn "eagle" and dalr "valley, dale". Arendal is a town and municipality in Southern Norway.
ARENDELLE (Region & Settlement) Popular Culture
Likely based on Arendal, the name of a town and municipality in Southern Norway. Arendalle is a fictional kingdom in Disney's animated movie 'Frozen' (2013).
AREQUIPA (Political Subdivision) Spanish (Latin American)
Legend says it comes from Ari-quepay "let's stay here" in Quechua.
ÁRIA (Region) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Aria.
ARICA (Settlement) Spanish
It is the name of province, and town in Chile. It is also the name of a town in Colombia.
ARIE (Region) French
French form of Aria.
ARIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Aria.
ARIJA (Region) Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian, Slovene
Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian and Slovenian form of Aria.
ARIZONA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally as the name of a breakaway Confederate region of southern New Mexico, organized roughly along modern lines as a U.S. territory in 1863. From Spanish Arizonac, probably from a local name among the O'odham (Piman) people meaning "having a little spring"... [more]
ARKAADIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Estonian
Estonian form of Arcadia.
ARKÁDIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Slovak
Slovak form of Arcadia.
ARKÁDIE (Political Subdivision & Region) Czech
Czech form of Arcadia.
ARKADIEN (Political Subdivision & Region) Danish, German, Luxembourgish, Swedish
Danish, German, Luxembourgish and Swedish form of Arcadia.
ARKĀDIJA (Political Subdivision & Region) Latvian
Latvian form of Arcadia.
ARKADIJA (Political Subdivision & Region) Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian
Croatian, Lithuanian and Serbian form of Arcadia.
ARKADIYA (Political Subdivision & Region) Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian
Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian form of Arcadia.
ARKANSAS (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from the French pronunciation of the Quapaw people who lived on the Arkansas River.
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 "home, homestead".
ARLINGTON (Settlement) English
Three possible places called Arlington in Gloucestershire, Devon, and East Sussex.
ARMĖNIJA (Country) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Armenia.
ARMĒNIJA (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Armenia.
ARMENIJA (Country) Bosnian, Croatian, Slovene
Bosnian, Croatian and Slovenian form of Armenia.
ARRINGTON (Settlement) English
Arrington, a place in Cambridgeshire, named from an Old English byname, Earn(a), meaning ‘eagle’ + -inga- ‘people or followers of’ + tūn ‘settlement’.
ÁSBRÚ (Other) Norse Mythology
Means "Æsir bridge". This is another name for the Bifrǫst.
AŞGABAT (Settlement) Turkmen
Turkmen form of Ashgabat.
ASHBY (Settlement) English
Ash farm; ash settlement... [more]
ASHFORD (Other) English (British)
The name of several places in England. All but one of these derive the second element of their name from Old English ford meaning "ford" - for the one in North Devon, it is derived from Old English worō or worth meaning "enclosure".... [more]
ASHGABAT (Settlement) English, Yoruba, Scots, Occitan, Malay, Swahili, Irish, Indonesian, Welsh, Shona
Means "city of love", "city of devotion" from Persian عشق‌آباد (ešq-âbâd), a combination of Persian عشق ('ešq) meaning "love" and آباد (âbâd) "city". This is the name of the capital city of Turkmenistan.
ASHTON (Settlement) English
ASIË (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Asia.
ASKRIGG (Settlement) English
A village in rural Northeast England. It is derived from the Old Norse askr, 'ash tree' (c.f Swedish ask, 'ash tree') and hryggr, 'ridge' (c.f Swedish rygg, 'ridge, spine', German rücken, 'spine', Scots rig, 'ridge').
AṖSNY (Country & Political Subdivision) Abkhaz
Original Abkhaz form of Abkhazia.
ASSIRIË (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Assyria.
ASSYRIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Assyria.
ASTANA (Settlement) Kazakh, English
Derived from Persian آستانه (âstâne) meaning "capital". Astana is the current capital city of Kazakhstan, and was formerly named Akmoly, Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, and Akmola.
ASTURIË (Political Subdivision) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Asturias.
ASTURIEN (Political Subdivision) Danish, German, Swedish
Danish, German and Swedish form of Asturias.
ASUNCIÓN (Settlement) Spanish
Means "assumption" in Spanish, as in “assumption of Mary to heaven". This is the capital of Paraguay. Originally called Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción (meaning "Our Lady Saint Mary of the Assumption") by its founder, it was later shortened to Asunción.
ATHENE (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Athens.
ATHENRY (Settlement) Irish
Athenry (Baile Áth an Rí) meaning "Town of the Ford of the King" is a town in County Galway, Ireland, which lies 25 kilometres east of Galway city.
ATHERTON (Settlement) English
Placename meaning Ather's town.
ATLANTA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Georgia, named by J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad.
ATLANTIS (Other) English, Mythology
Derived from Ancient Greek Ἀτλαντίς (Atlantís), itself derived from Ἄτλας (Átlas) meaning "endure, suffer" (see Atlas). Atlantis is the name of a mythological country that sank in the Atlantic Ocean.
AUCKLAND (Settlement) English
The Baron Auckland and the Earl of Auckland are titles of the English nobility. The first Baron Auckland, William Eden, had the city of Auckland in New Zealand named after him. Bishop Auckland is a town in the county of Durham in Britain which has lent its name to the title... [more]
AUROVILLE (Settlement) English
The name of an indian town built by UNESCO located in southern India. It was built as an experimental town to see how is the world without politics, money or polution.
AUST-AGDER (Political Subdivision) Norwegian
From the Nynork word aust "east" and the place name agder. It means "the eastern part of Agder."... [more]
AUSTRALASIA (Region) English
Means ”south of Asia” (Latin australis ”southern, of the south” combined with Asia). It is a region in Oceania consisting of Australia, New Zealand, and neighbouring islands.
AUSTRĀLIJA (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Australia.
AUSTRALIJA (Country & Region) Bosnian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Serbian
Bosnian, Croatian, Lithuanian and Serbian form of Australia.
AUSTRASIË (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Austrasia.
AUSTRI (Country) Albanian
Means Austria in Albanian.
AUSTRIA (Country) English
Medieval Latin word meaning "eastern borderland" Austriaca is the Latinised form of the Old High German name for the country, Ostarreich, which means 'eastern kingdom'; ostar meaning 'eastern' and reich meaning 'kingdom' in Old High German.
AUSTRIA-HUNGARY (Country) History
A monarchy (also known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire) that was established in 1867 and included not just Austria and Hungary, but also parts of the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Romania, and the Balkans.... [more]
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.
AVEN (Settlement) Biblical
A Biblical place name meaning "vanity", "nothingness", "iniquity" and "sorrow".... [more]
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]
AVSTRALIJA (Country) Macedonian, Slovene
Macedonian and Slovenian form of Australia.
AVSTRIJA (Country) Macedonian, Slovene
Macedonian and Slovenian form of Austria.
AVUSTURYA (Country) Turkish
Means Austria in Turkish.
AYDEMIR (Settlement) Bulgarian
AZERBAIJAN (Country) English
Derived from Persian آذربایجان (âzarbâyjân) which is ultimately from Middle Persian Ādurbādagān referring to Atropates, the Persian nobleman who founded the kingdom of Atropene... [more]
AZERBAJDŽAN (Country) Croatian
Croatian form of Azerbaijan.
AZERBAJDZJAN (Country) Swedish
Swedish form of Azerbaijan.
AZERBEIDJAN (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Azerbaijan.
AZERBEIDZJAN (Country) Dutch
Dutch form of Azerbaijan.
AZIË (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Asia.
ĀZIJA (Region) Latvian
Latvian form of Asia.
AZƏRBAYCAN (Country) Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Azerbaijan.