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DAGESTAN (Political Subdivision) Russian, Afrikaans, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog
Derived from Turkish dağ
meaning "mountain" and the Persian suffix -ستان (-stan)
meaning "land of". This is the name of a federal subject of Russia
DAHOMEY (Other) English
The name of the Kingdom. Dahomey Kingdom was an African kingdom that existed from about 1600 until 1894, when the last king, Behanzin, was defeated by the French, and the country was annexed into the French colonial empire.
DAKA (Settlement) Arabic, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chinese, Georgian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Korean, Kurdish, Macedonian, Persian, Serbian, Slovene, Tajik
Form of DHAKA
DAKKA (Settlement) Armenian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uyghur, Uzbek
Form of DHAKA
DALKEITH (Settlement) Scottish
A small town in Midlothian, Scotland, south of Edinburgh. It is of Cumbric language origin. The first element is dal
, meaning 'meadow, plateau' (Welsh ddôl
) and chyd
, meaning 'trees, wood' (Welsh coed
DARJEELING (Other) Indian
Darjeeling India is a part of India and is well known because Mother Teresa (1910-1997) went there in 1929 for missionary reasons.
DEGUO (Country) Chinese
From Chinese 德 (Dé)
, a short form of 德意志 (Déyìzhì)
, a name for Germany, and 国 (guó)
meaning "country". This is the modern Chinese name for Germany
DELAWARE (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the Delaware river, which was named after Lord De La Warr, from French de la guerre
or de la werre
literally "of the war".
DELI (Settlement) Armenian, Belarusian, Chinese, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Turkmen, Ukrainian
Form of DELHI
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
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (Country) English
The Democratic Republic of the Congo French: République démocratique du Congo kɔ̃ɡo
), also known as Congo-Kinshasa, Zaire, DR Congo, DRC (the official acronym), the DROC, or simply the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa... [more]
DENGJIALOU (Political Subdivision) Chinese
Chinese form of TERENGGANU
, chosen specifically for the characters 登 (dēng)
meaning "rise, ascend", 嘉 (jiā)
meaning "excellent", and 樓 (lóu)
meaning "floor, level"... [more]
DENPASAR (Settlement) Indonesian, Acehnese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian
From Balinese ᬤᬾᬦ᭄ᬧᬲᬃ (dénpasar)
derived from den
meaning "north" and pasar
meaning "market". This is the name of a city in Indonesia and the capital of Bali
DERRY (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Irish
City and country in Northern IRELAND
. May mean "oak wood", from 'Daire Coluimb Chille', meaning "The Oak-wood of Saint Columba". Or the name may have been from Proto-Celtic 'calg-ac-os', meaning "possessing a blade" or "possessing a penis".
DERSINGHAM (Settlement) English
Derived from the Old English "homestead belonging to Deorsige".
DES MOINES (Settlement) English
Name of the capital and the most populous city in IOWA
, which derived from Fort Des Moines, which was named for the Des Moines River. The French des Moines
translates to either "from the monks" or "of the monks".
DETROIT (Political Subdivision) English (American)
From the French word, meaning “strait.” The full name of the city’s phrase is “le détroit du Lac Érie,” meaning “the strait of Lake Erie.”
DEVIZES (Settlement) English
Derived from castrum ad divisas, latin for “castle at the boundary”
DHAKA (Settlement) Bengali, Afrikaans, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Luxembourgish, Malay, Nepali, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Tagalog, Urdu
Uncertain, possibly from the name of the dhak tree (scientific name Butea monosperma
), which used to grow in the area, from Bengali ঢাক (ḍhak)
referring to a traditional membranophone instrument, or from the name of the Hindu goddess Dhakeshwari
DHIVEHIRAJJE (Country) Dhivehi
From Dhivehi ދިވެހި (dhivehi)
, the name of the Dhivehi people, and ރާއްޖެ (rājje)
meaning "country, kingdom, realm, domain". The ethnic name itself means "islanders" from Sanskrit द्वीप (dvīpá)
meaning "island"... [more]
DIROUILLES (Island) Norman, French
Islet chain in the Channel Islands. Each rock has many names. May mean "rags", as a direct transliteration of the French word dirouilles.
DJIBOUTI (Country) English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches. It's home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert... [more]
DNIESTER (River) English, Indonesian, Malay
Derived from Sarmatian dānu nazdya
meaning "the close river" (as in, the river close-by). This is the name of a river in Eastern Europe, which flows through Ukraine and Moldova to the Black Sea.
DOMINICA (Country & Island) Afrikaans, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish
Derived from Latin dominica
meaning "lordly" or "Sunday", named by explorer Christopher Columbus for his sighting of the island on a Sunday. This is the name of an island country in the Caribbean.
DOMINIKA (Country & Island) Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Georgian, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Form of DOMINICA
DONCASTER (Settlement) English
A town in England located on the River Don. The first element is from the Roman fort Danum
, likely from an earlier Celtic settlement relating to the River Don. The second element is the Old English ceaster
, 'fort' (c.f Modern English castle
DONEGAL (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Irish
County and town in IRELAND
. Meaning "place of foreigners" (i.e. the Vikings). Alternatively, it may mean "land of Conall", a king from the area. Conall means "strong wolf".
DORDRECHT (Settlement) Dutch
Dordrecht is a city and municipality in the Western Netherlands, located in the province of South Holland.... [more]
DORTMUND (Settlement) English, Basque, Belarusian, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Frisian, German, Greek, Greenlandic, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Welsh
First mentioned in the 9th century AD as Throtmanni
, of uncertain origin and meaning, the form Dortmunde
first appeared in the 13th century. This is the name of a city in western Germany.
DOVER (Settlement) English
Dover is a small, but important port town in Kent, Southern England. It is derived from the Brythonic Dubrās
, meaning 'water' (Modern Welsh ddwfr
, 'water, tears').... [more]
DOWN (Political Subdivision) Irish
County in Northern IRELAND
. From the Irish "Dún ná Lethglas", "dún" means fort.
DRESDEN (Settlement) German
Dresden, capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, is distinguished by the celebrated art museums and classic architecture of its reconstructed old town. The name is of Slavic origin.
DRUK YUL (Country) Bhutanese, Tibetan
From Tibetan འབྲུག (brug)
meaning "thunder dragon" (a mythical creature in Bhutanese and Tibetan mythology) combined with ཡུལ (yul)
meaning "country, nation, kingdom". This is the Bhutanese and Tibetan name for Bhutan
DUBLIN (Settlement) English, Croatian
From Irish dubh
"black" "dark" referring to a dark tidal pool where the River Poddle entered the Liffey on the site of the Castle Gardens at the rear of Dublin Castle.
DURBAN (Settlement) English
The name of a city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa (known in Zulu as eThekwini
). From D'Urban
, named for Lieutenant General Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849), who was the governor of the Cape Colony when the city was named in 1835.
DURHAM (Settlement & Region) English, Anglo-Norman
A cathedral city in the North-East of England. The name is derived from the city's Latin name Dunelm
, which comprises of the Celtic element dun
, 'fortress' (c.f Welsh dinas
, 'city') and the Old Norse holme
, which meant an island (referring to the peninsular formed by the River Wear).
DUŠANBE (Settlement) Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Latvian, Macedonian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene
Form of DUSHANBE
DUSHANBE (Settlement) Tajik, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, English, Georgian, Indian, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Malay, Mongolian, Russian, Filipino, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Mean "Monday" in Tajik, so named for a popular market that used to be held in the area on Mondays. This is the name of the capital city of Tajikistan
DZAUDZHYQAU (Settlement) Ossetian
Means "Dzaug's settlement" in Ossetian, from the name of 18th-century figure Dzaug Bugulov combined with Ossetian хъӕу (qau)
meaning "village, settlement". This is the Ossetian name for Vladikavkaz