Habsyah(Country)Malay From the name of the Habesha people, a collective term for Ethiopians and Eritreans, which is of uncertain origin and meaning. This is the Malay name for Ethiopia.
Hachiōji(Settlement)Japanese Means "eight princes" in Japanese, from 八 (hachi), meaning "eight", 王 (ō), meaning "king", and 子 (shi), meaning "child"... [more]
Hackney(Settlement)English A district of London. It possibly derives from Old English Haka’s ey, meaning 'Haka's Island'.
Hadria(Settlement)Ancient Roman The name of two Roman settlements. The first one is modern Adria. It is an important Etruscan port town in northern Italy. The second one is modern Atri. It is named after the northern town in Italy... [more]
Haiti(Country)English The name of the Country in the Caribbean. Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti's landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact... [more]
Hakone(Settlement)Japanese This is the name of a resort town in Japan's Kanagawa prefecture which, apart from its hot spring resorts, houses the Hakone Shrine (箱根神社, はこねじんじゃ) which dedicates to the Hakone Gongen (箱根権現, はこねごんげん).... [more]
Hälsingland(Region)Swedish Hälsingland is a province in central Sweden meaning "land of the Hälsings". Hälsing is believed to be a combination of Swedish hals "throat, neck" and inge "dweller". The hals-part is probably not referring to the anatomical part, but rather to a narrow strait of water.
Hamamatsu(Settlement)Japanese Means "pine beach" in Japanese. The kanji that make up the name are 浜 (hama), meaning "beach, seashore", and 松 (matsu), meaning "pine tree"... [more]
Hampshire(Other)English Name of numerous places in England, foremost a large county in South England, from the name Hampton + Old English scir "division", "district".
Hampton(Other)English Name of numerous places in England, from Anglo-Saxon ham "homestead " or hamm "water meadow" + tun "enclosure" "settlement".
Hà Nam(Political Subdivision)Vietnamese From Sino-Vietnamese 河 (hà) meaning "river" and 南 (nam) meaning "south".
Hanoi(Settlement)English From Sino-Vietnamese 河內 (Hà Nội), which is derived from Chinese 河內 (Hénèi) meaning "inside the river", from 河 (hé) meaning "river, stream" and 内 (nèi) meaning "inside", so named because of the area's location within the Red River... [more]
Harlan(Region, Settlement, Mountain & Other)German Harlan is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Harlan County, Kentucky, United States. Harlan County is well known in folk and country music, having produced many prominent musicians. During the 20th century, it was often a center of labor strife between coal mine owners and union workers, especially in the Harlan County War of the 1930s.
Harrisburg(Settlement)English After a person bearing the surname Harris. In the case of the capital city of the US state of Pennsylvania, the city was named after founder John Harris Sr.
Hartford(Settlement)English Variant of Hertford, from the union of the words heorot ("hart, stag") and ford. This spelling is mostly used in the United States, most famously by the capital city of the State of Connecticut.
Hawaii(Island)English (American) Name of a state in the United States, of uncertain origin. Theories from Proto-Polynesian hawaiki which possibly means place of the gods" or from Proto-Polynesian sawaiki "homeland", or possibly named for Hawaiʻiloa, legendary discoverer of the Hawaiian islands.
Hedmark(Political Subdivision)Norwegian From the Old Norse Heiðmǫrk. That's from heiðnir the name of an old Germanic tribe (related to heið meaning moorland) and mǫrk meaning "woodland, borderland, or march/mark."... [more]
Heijō(Settlement)Japanese Alternate reading of Pyon'yan. This was the name for Pyongyang used during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 20th century.
Heishan(Country, Political Subdivision & Settlement)Chinese Means "black mountain" in Chinese, from 黑 (hēi) meaning "black" and 山 (shān) meaning "mountain", used as the Chinese name for Montenegro (derived from a calque of the country's Montenegrin and Serbo-Croatian name, Crna Gora)... [more]
Helmsley(Settlement)English A small market town in Northern England. It's name derives from the Old English Helm, a personal name and leah, which means 'clearing, field'.
Helsingborg(Settlement)Swedish Helsingborg is a city in Scania, Sweden. The name is a combination of hals "neck, narrow strait" and borg "castle, fortification". There has been a permanent settlement around Helsingborg since 1085, making it one of Sweden's oldest cities.
Helsingør(Settlement)Danish, Norwegian Danish city founded in the 1420s. The name is derived from the word hals meaning "neck, narrow strait". William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is set in Elsinore (Kronborg), a castle in Helsingør.
Helsinki(Settlement)Finnish The first settlers of the modern Helsinki area came from Hälsingland, Sweden. A parish called Helsinge parish was founded in the 14th century and was later developed into a town called Helsinge fors "the Helsinge rapids"... [more]
Hengesdon(Settlement)Medieval English Earlier name for Hingston Down in Moretonhampstead, Devon, recorded in 1333. It meant "Hengest's hill" or "stallion's hill" from the Old English byname Hengest (or from Old English hengest "stallion") and Old English dun "hill".
Hialeah(Settlement)American The name of a city in the American state of Florida, commonly said to mean "pretty prairie" from Muskogee haiyakpo "prairie" and hili "pretty". Alternatively it may mean "high prairie" or "upland prairie" in Seminole.
Himeji(Settlement & Other)Japanese Of uncertain meaning. This is the name of the largest castle in Japan, as well as a city in Hyōgo Prefecture.
Himuka(Political Subdivision)Japanese (Archaic) Earlier form of Hyūga, made up of 日 (hi) meaning "sun" and 向か (muka), the irrealis form of verb 向く (muku) meaning "to turn toward; to face (a direction); to point to."
Hinxton(Settlement)English The name of a village in Cambridgeshire, ultimately derived from a contraction of Old English Hengestestun which possibly meant "town of Hengest", itself from the genitive of the Old English byname Hengest (or from Old English hengest "stallion") and Old English tun "enclosure, yard, town".
Hollywood(Settlement)English This is the name of several places throughout the United States as well as a few places in England. The most notable place is the district in Los Angeles, California, known for being the home of the U.S. motion-picture industry, whose name allegedly means "hauling wood".
Hwaseong(Settlement)Korean Combination of 華 (화, hwa, "bright, colorful") and 城 (성, seong, "castle"). This is the name of a city in South Korea.
Hy-brasil(Island)Irish Mythology (?), Folklore Possibly from derived from Irish Uí Breasail meaning "clan of Breasal". This was the name of a mythical island off the western coast of Ireland that appeared on maps from 1325.
Hyōgo(Political Subdivision)Japanese Means "soldier's warehouse" in Japanese.
Hyperoxiane(Region)Ancient Greek Means "beyond the river Oxus", derived from Greek ὑπέρ (hyper) meaning "over, above, beyond" combined with the Greek noun Ὦξος (Oxos) meaning "Oxus"... [more]
Hyūga(Political Subdivision & Settlement)Japanese Shifted from earlier Himuka, belonging to an old province which corresponds to modern Miyazaki Prefecture and a modern city in that prefecture, formed on April 1, 1951.