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BADEN (Settlement) German
The name of a town in Austria.
BADLEY (Settlement) English
Habitational name from Badley in Suffolk or Baddeley Green in Staffordshire, both named with the Old English personal name Bad(d)a + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
BAHAMAS (Country) English
The name of the Country in the Caribbean. The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Its 700-plus islands and cays range from uninhabited to packed with resorts. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to many large-scale hotels, are among the best known... [more]
BAHAMAS THE (Country) English
The Bahamas (/bəˈhɑːməz/ (About this soundlisten)), known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is a country within the Lucayan Archipelago in the West Indies. It is a member of the Commonwealth Realms under the monarchy of Queen Elizabeth II... [more]
BAHRAIN (Country) English
The name of the Country in the Middle East. Bahrain, a nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Persian Gulf, has been at the center of major trade routes since antiquity. In its modern capital, Manama, the acclaimed Bahrain National Museum showcases artifacts from the ancient Dilmun civilization that flourished in the region for millennia... [more]
BAIKAL (Body of Water) Russian, English
Derived from Mongolian Байгал нуур (Baygal nuur)
meaning "nature lake"; from Mongolian байгалө (baigalö)
"nature" and нуур (nuur)
"lake". Lake Baikal is a rift lake in SIBERIA
and the largest freshwater lake in the world.
BAKU (Settlement) English, Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Swedish, Ukrainian
From Persian باکو (bâku)
which is of uncertain meaning. One popular etymology suggests that it means "wind-pounded city" from Persian باد (bâd)
meaning "wind" and کوبیدن (kubidan)
meaning "to pound, to beat" (given in reference to the area's storms and high winds)... [more]
BALI (Island & Political Subdivision) Indonesian, Balinese, Acehnese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu
From Sanskrit बलि (bali)
meaning "offering, tribute". This is the name of an island province in Indonesia.
BALTIC SEA (Body of Water) English
The Baltic sea is a sea in Northern Europe. The meaning of the name is uncertain. Some claim it is derived from Latin balteus
"belt". The name was first used, as Mare Balticum
, by ADAM
in the 11th century... [more]
BALTIMORE (Settlement) English
Baltimore is an independent city in the state of Maryland within the United States.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Settlement) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
From Malay bandar
meaning "town", seri
meaning "radiance, splendour, glory", and begawan
meaning "holy". The name comes from Malay Seri Begawan
, a title used by Bruneian Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III (1914-1986), ultimately derived from Sanskrit श्री भगवान् (śrī bhagvān)
meaning "radiance of the gods"... [more]
BANGLADESH (Country) English, Breton, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Interlingua, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
Means "land of the Bengalis", from Bengali বাংলা (Bangla)
meaning "Bengali" (referring to the Bengali people or Bengali language spoken by the Bengali people), which is ultimately from Vanga
, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent (see BENGAL
) combined with দেশ (desh)
"country, land, state", ultimately from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
BARBADOS (Country) English
The name of the Country in the Caribbean. Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654... [more]
BARCELONA (Settlement) Catalan, Spanish, English
Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain.
BASHKIRIA (Political Subdivision) English
From Russian Башкирия (Bashkiriya)
which is from башкир (bashkir)
, the Russian name for the Bashkir people. This is another name for BASHKORTOSTAN
, a republic in Russia.
BASHKORTOSTAN (Political Subdivision) Russian, English, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Tatar
From Bashkir Башҡортостан (Bashqortostan)
from the Bashkir endonym башҡорт (bashqort)
combined with the Persian suffix -ستان (-stan)
meaning "land of". The ethnic name is most likely derived from Turkic baš
meaning "head, leader" and kurt
meaning "wolf"... [more]
BASTILLE (Other) French
This is the name of a fortress, formally known as Bastille Saint-Antoine, which played an important role in France's internal conflicts.... [more]
BATHGATE (Settlement) Scottish
A town in West Lothian, Scotland. It is derived from the Cumbric beith
, meaning 'boar' (Welsh baedd
) and chyd
, meaning 'wood, trees' (Welsh coed
BEDDGELERT (Settlement) Welsh
A village in northwest Wales. The name means 'Gelert's grave', from Welsh bedd
, 'grave' & Gelert
, whose identity is a subject of debate.... [more]
BEIRUT (Settlement) English
The capital of Lebanon. It is derived from Hebrew be'erot
which means "the wells".
BELGRADE (Settlement) English
Derived from Slavic beli, beo
meaning "white" and grad
meaning "city, town". The name comes from a white wall of a fortress that protected the city.
BELLAGIO (Political Subdivision) Italian
Bellagio is an Italian comune in the Province of Como. It is also the name of a hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
BELLEVILLE (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Canada and various others in America. Means "beautiful town" from the French belle
(beautiful) and ville
(city or town).
BENGAL (Country) English
An independent kingdom from 1338-1539, now part of Bangladesh and India.
BENIN (Country) English, Croatian
The name of the Country in West Africa. Benin, a French-speaking West African nation, is a birthplace of the vodun (or “voodoo”) religion and home to the former Dahomey Kingdom from circa 1600–1900... [more]
BENNINGTON (Settlement) English
Derived from the Old English personal name Beonna
combined with -ing-
, a connective particle denoting association, and tūn
BERESTIA (Region) History, English
This is the name of a historical region in Eastern Europe. Its territory was located in what is now Belarus, Poland and Ukraine. The region was named after the Belarusian city of Brest
, which was at its centre.
BERMUDA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from the surname of Juan de Bermúdez, a 16th-century Spanish navigator alleged to have discovered the archipelago situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. Bermúdez
is a surname meaning "son of Bermudo
BETWS-Y-COED (Settlement) Welsh
A village in rural North-West Wales. The element betws
, in Welsh means 'prayer house'. The y
is the definite article 'the'. The final element coed
means 'trees'. This gives a full name meaning 'prayer house in the forest'... [more]
BHUTAN (Country) English
Meaning uncertain, though one theory suggests an origin from Tibetan བོད (Bod)
, referring to the present-day region of TIBET
, which ultimately derives from Sanskrit भोट-अन्त (Bhoṭa-anta)
meaning "end of Tibet", relating to Bhutan's geographical position as the southern extremity of the Tibetan plateau... [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.
BIKINI ATOLL (Island) English
From Marshallese Pikinni
"surface of coconut". Bikini is an island located in the Marshall Islands, famous for being a place the United States formerly did nuclear tests.
BIRKA (Settlement) Ancient Scandinavian, Old Swedish
Possibly taken from a Latinization of Norse Bjǫrkey
"Birch island", although some believe it's derived from Old Norse birk
"market place". Birka was a Viking age town and an important trading and market place during the Viking Age located on the island Björkö
(modern form of Bjǫrkey) in Lake MÄLAREN
, outside of STOCKHOLM
BIR LEHLOU (Settlement) English
Derived from Hassaniya Arabic bir lehlou
meaning "sweet water well". Bir Lehlou is an oasis town in the Polisario-controlled region in northeastern Western SAHARA
BIRMINGHAM (Settlement) English
A city in central England. Its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon words meaning 'the farm of Beormund's people', from the personal name Beormund
, meaning 'people' and ham
, meaning 'farm'.
BISHKEK (Settlement) Kyrgyz, Russian, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Malay, Persian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests that it comes from a word meaning "whorl, whisk" in Kyrgyz, referring to a tool used to prepare kumis (a dairy product). It could also mean "five heights" from Kyrgyz беш (besh)
meaning "five" and бийик (biyik)
meaning "tall, high" or "five chiefs" from беш (besh)
meaning "five" and the Turkish title beg
meaning "chieftain, master"... [more]
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
BLACKPOOL (Settlement) English
A coastal town in Lancashire. Literally means 'black pool', so named from a nearby drainage stream which ran through a peat bog, discharging discoloured water into the nearby Irish Sea. (Compare DUBLIN
BOGUSZA (Political Subdivision) Polish
Habitational name for someobody who comes form Boguszyniec, Poland, or have family members or ancestors from the area.
BONNYRIGG (Settlement) Scottish
A town, near Edinburgh, Scotland. It derives from Lowland Scots bonnie
, meaning 'beautiful, fine', and rig
, meaning 'ridge, hill-crest' (Old Norse hryggr
, 'back, ridge', Dutch rug
BORNEO (Island) English
The name of the Island in Asia. Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei... [more]
BORYSLAV (Settlement) Ukrainian
Boryslav is a city located on the Tysmenytsia River (a tributary of the Dniester), in Lviv Oblast (region) of western Ukraine. Boryslav is designated as a city of oblast significance.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (Country) English
Bosnia and Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH or B&H, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country of South and Southeast Europe, located within the Balkans. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city.
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]
BOTSWANA (Country) English
The name of the Country in Southern Africa. Botswana, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a landscape defined by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, which becomes a lush animal habitat during the seasonal floods... [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
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
BRAMPTON (Settlement) English
A city in the Great Toronto-Hamilton area of Ontario, Canada. From the surveyor of the same name.
BRIGHTON (Settlement) English
The name of an English city, meaning "bright town" in Old English.
BRO (Settlement) Swedish
Means "bridge" in Swedish. This is the name of many localities and parishes in Sweden. It's also a common place name element (see ÖREBRO
BROADFORD (Settlement) Scottish
A village in Skye, Scotland. It's name derives from the Old Norse words for 'wide fjord', referencing the local geography.... [more]
BROMLEY (Settlement) English
This is the name of a district and borough in south-east London.... [more]
BROUGHTON (Settlement) English
Broughton (Welsh: Brychdyn) is a district in Flintshire, Wales, close to the Wales–England border, located to the west of the City of Chester, England.
BRUNEI (Country) Malay, English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Probably derived from Borneo
, the name of an island, which in turn is most likely from Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa)
meaning "ocean, water". A local legend suggests that the name may be derived from the phrase baru nah
meaning "there!" or "that's it!", which was supposedly declared by Muhammad Shah, Brunei's first sultan... [more]
BUCHANAN (Political Subdivision) Scottish
A parish of Stirlingshire, Scotland. It's name derives from the Gaelic buth
'house, shed' and chanain
'canon', thus meaning 'house of the canon'.
BUCHAREST (Settlement) English
Meaning uncertain. Traditional etymologies state that the city's name is derived from Bucur
, the name of a prince, outlaw, fisherman, shepherd, or hunter (depending on the specific legend), whose name is derived from Romanian bucurie
meaning "joy, happiness", probably of Dacian origin... [more]
BUENOS AIRES (Settlement) Spanish
Ultimately derived from Aragonese buen ayre
“good air”. It is the capital city of ARGENTINA
. The explorer who founded the city originally called it Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora la Virgen María de los Buenos Aires
meaning "City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Good Airs" which was later shortened to just Buenos Aires.
BULGARETI (Country) Georgian
From Georgian ბულგარული (bulgaruli)
referring to the Bulgarian people and the suffix -ეთი (-eti)
used to indicate location. This is the Georgian name for Bulgaria
BURUNDI (Country) Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian
The name of the Country in East Africa. Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
BURYATIA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from the name Buryat
with an unknown meaning, denoting the indigenous Mongolic people who originally inhabited the area. Buryatia is a federal subject of Russia located in SIBERIA
BUSKERUD (Political Subdivision) Norwegian
Named after an old manor of the same name. (Biskupsruð
) It derives from the Old Norse biskup
(bishop) and ruð
(clearing, farm.) The biskup
part referring in particular to the Bishop of the ancient Catholic diocese of Hamar.... [more]
BUZZARDS BAY (Body of Water) English
Buzzards Bay is a bay of the Atlantic Ocean adjacent to the U.S. state of Massachusetts.