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CAINHANNOCH (Settlement) Mormon
From an alternative name for New York used in the Doctrine and Covenants. A possible origin could be that in the Bible, Cain, the son of Adam, had a son named Enoch. A derivative of that is Henoch, and a further derivative is Hanoch... [more]
CALETA (Settlement) Spanish
City name meaning ''little bay, inlet, or cove''. Most often La Caleta
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]
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.
CAMBODIA (Country) English
From French Cambodge
, which is taken from the Khmer name កម្ពុជា (Kampuchea)
. The name comes from Sanskrit कम्बोजदेश (Kambujadeśa)
, which is a combination of काम्बोज (kāmboja)
, the name of a tribe and kingdom described in Hindu literature, and देश (deśá)
meaning "kingdom, country"... [more]
CAMBRIDGE (Settlement) English
Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of London.... [more]
CAMEROON (Country) English
The name of the Country in Central Africa. Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites as well as beach resorts like Kribi – near the Chutes de la Lobé waterfalls, which plunge directly into the sea – and Limbe, where the Limbe Wildlife Centre houses rescued primates.
CANARY ISLANDS (Region) English
English form of Spanish Islas Canarias
which is derived from Latin Canariae Insulae
"islands of the dogs". This is the name of a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, near the coast of northwestern Africa.
CANBERRA (Settlement) English
From the city of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
CAPE VERDE (Country) Portuguese (African)
Cape Verde (/ˈvɜːrd(i)/) or Cabo Verde (/ˌkɑːboʊ ˈvɜːrdeɪ/, /ˌkæb-/) (Portuguese: Cabo Verde, pronounced ˈkabu ˈveɾdɨ
), officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean.
CARDIFF (Settlement) Welsh
The capital city of Wales. Cardiff derives from the city's Welsh name Caerdydd
, which in turn was derived from the city's Old Welsh name Caerdyf
(In Welsh f
(v) is often mutated to dd
CARIA (Region) Ancient Greek
Caria was an ancient province near the Aegean Sea in Asia Minor.
CARIBBEAN (Region) English
The name of the Region. The Caribbean is a region that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.
CARPERBY (Settlement) English
A village in Yorkshire, England. The second element is Old Norse -byr
, 'farm'. The first element is possibly the Old Gaelic personal name Cairpre
. This seems to indicate a farm of an Irish or Scottish Viking, who settled in England... [more]
CASABLANCA (Settlement) English, Spanish
Means "white house", from Portuguese casa
meaning "house" and branca
meaning "white". The present-day spelling follows the Spanish form (casa
"white"), however, because of the Portuguese Kingdom joining the Spanish Kingdom... [more]
CAUCASUS (Mountain) English
From Greek Καύκασος (Kaúkasos)
, which is of uncertain origin; it may be derived from Scythian *xrohukäsi
meaning "ice-shining" or "white snow". Alternatively, it may be from Greek κήξ (kḗx)
meaning "sea swallow (a kind of bird)" and κάσος (kásos)
possibly meaning "mountain" or "rock"... [more]
CEBU (Political Subdivision, Settlement & Island) English, Tagalog, Ilocano, Pampangan, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
From Old Cebuano sibu
meaning "trade", itself a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit
meaning "place for trading". This is the name of an island, province, and city (Cebu City) in the Philippines.
CELILO (Body of Water) Native American
Means: echo of falling water. A famous waterfall used as a Native American fishing ground.
CEYLON (Country) English
Previous name of the country Sri Lanka. The name Ceylon most likely traces its roots back to the Sanskrit Sinha
, meaning "lion". As lions are not native to Sri Lanka, another possible interpretation of the name is "lion-like man" or "hero".
CHAMPA (Country) Champa
Located in south and central Vietnam from the 7th century through 1832.
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.
CHARDONNAY (Settlement) French
The name of a famous village for the white wine produced here. Means "a place of thistles" from the latin cardonnacum
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.
CHECHNETI (Political Subdivision) Georgian
From ჩეჩნური (chechnuri)
, the Georgian exonym for the Chechen people, and the suffix -ეთი (-eti)
used to indicate location. This is the Georgian name for Chechnya
CHECHNYA (Political Subdivision) Russian, English
From Russian Чечня (Chechnya)
meaning "(place) of the Chechens", which is ultimately from the name of the Chechen people (natively called Nokhchi
). The exonym is of uncertain meaning, with Russian folk etymologies suggesting that it originates from the name of a village; on the other hand, it may be derived from the Kabardian exonym Шашан (Shashan)
CHERAGH (Settlement) Persian
This is the name of a village in Lorestan Province in western Iran. This is also used as a place name element (first or last) in other villages across Iran.... [more]
CHEVIOT (Mountain) English
The name of a mountain and the surrounding mountains on the Anglo-Scottish border. The name is thought to be Celtic and to derive from Brythonic *ceμ-, *cejn
'ridge, spine' (Welsh chefn
, 'back, ridge'), and -ed
, which might have meant 'having the quality of-'.
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".
CHINETI (Country) Georgian
From Georgian ჩინური (chinuri)
referring to the Chinese people and the suffix -ეთი (-eti)
used to indicate location. This is the Georgian name for China
CHIPPENHAM (Settlement) English
One possibility for its naming may have been from Cyppa's Hamme which comes from the words ce-ap meaning market, and Hamme meaning enclosed by the river or an enclosed water meadow both of which Chippenham was.... [more]
CHUKOTKA (Political Subdivision) Russian, English
Derived from the Russian name Чукчи (Chukchi)
, referring to the native people who originally inhabited the area. The word Chukchi
is derived from Chukchi Chauchu
meaning "rich in reindeer", used by the Reindeer Chukchi people to distinguish themselves from the Maritime Chukchi (the Anqallyt
meaning "sea people")... [more]
CHUVASHIA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from the name Chuvash
, referring to the indigenous Turkic ethnic group originally inhabiting the area. The etymology of the name Chuvash
is disputed; there are three main theories of its origin... [more]
CIRCASSIA (Region) English, Italian
From Turkish Çerkes
or Russian Черкес (Cherkes)
referring to the Circassian (Adyghe) people. The exonyms are of uncertain meaning; they may be derived from Kerkety
, the name of a Circassian tribe, or from Persian چهار کس (čahâr kas)
meaning "four people" (probably denoting four tribes)... [more]
CLADDAGH (Settlement) Irish, English
The name of an ancient village in Ireland, where the tradition of the Claddagh ring developed.
COLORADO (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named after the Colorado river, from Spanish colo
+ "colored" rado
CONNECTICUT (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from the name of the Connecticut river, from Algonquian quinnitukqut
"at the long tidal river," from kwen
"long" + ehtekw
"tidal river" + enk
CONSTANȚA (Settlement) Romanian
This is the name of a romanian city which is also the biggest port in Romania. It's greek name is Tomis.
COQUET (River) English
A river in Northumberland, England. Its name originates from words of a local Brythonic-Celtic language, equivalent to the Welsh coched
, meaning 'red, brown'.
CORNWALL (Political Subdivision & Region) Cornish
A place next to DEVON
at the bottom of southwestern England. Named due to the old tribal name "Cornwealas" which eventually turned into "Cornwall". Name thought to come from the a Celtic word for "horn" or "headland" and old English "Wealas" which means strangers... [more]
CORSICA (Island) English
Mediterranean island where Napoleon Bonaparte was born.
CORUSCANT (Other) Popular Culture
Coruscant is a fictional planet in the 'Star Wars' universe. The planet is an ecumenopolis -- the surface is almost entirely covered by one city. The name is derived from Latin coruscant
"vibrating, glittering, sparkling"... [more]
COSTARICA (Country) Spanish
The name of the Country in Central America. Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity... [more]
CRAWFORDJOHN (Settlement) Scottish
A village in Southern Scotland. It's name is of Scots origin and means 'Crow's ford of John'. See CRAWFORD
CRIMEA (Political Subdivision & Region) English
Derived from Crimean Tatar Qırım
(today known as Stary Krym), the old name for the city that served as the capital of the province during the Golden Horde. The meaning of "Qırım" is uncertain, though it is either of Greek or Turkic origin... [more]
CUBA (Country) English
From the Taíno language. The exact meaning of the name is unclear but it may be translated either as 'where fertile land is abundant' (cubao)
, or 'great place' (coabana)
. Authors who believe that Christopher Columbus was Portuguese state that Cuba was named by Columbus for the town of Cuba in the district of Beja in PORTUGAL
CUMBERLAND (Region) English
A historical English county, covering the Northern half of modern-day Cumbria. It derives from the Brythonic combrogi
, meaning 'fellow-countrymen'.
CUMBERNAULD (Settlement) Scottish
A town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The name in its present form is most likely derived from Gaelic comar nan allt
meaning 'meeting of the waters'. However, early forms containing Cumyr-
hint at a Cumbric predecessor derived possibly from Common Brittonic *cömber-ïn-alt
), perhaps meaning 'confluence at the hill'.
CUMORAH (Mountain) Mormon
This is the name of the hill where the Nephite known as Moroni buried the golden plates. It is located in New York.
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".
CWM GWAUN (Settlement) Welsh
Cwm Gwaun (English: Gwaun Valley) is a community and valley in north Pembrokeshire, Wales. The name itself is derived from Welsh cwm
"valley" and gwaun