Submitted Place Names Starting with I
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IDAHO (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, of uncertain origin, possibly from Shoshone term ee-da-how
, meaning "gem of the mountains" or "the sun comes from the mountains".
IEPER (Settlement) Dutch
Probably from the name of the river Ieperlee
which, itself, may be derived from the Dutch word for elm, iep
ILKLEY (Settlement) English
Of uncertain origin. The English-born clergyman Robert Collyer (1823-1912) claimed this is derived from an old British word llecan
meaning "rock". The second syllable may be derived from Old English leah
ILLINOIS (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from the modern French spelling of the Algonquian people who called themselves Inoca
IMARI (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city, known for Imari porcelain (even though it's actually made in nearby Arita) and for Imari pears, which is located in Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū in south-western Japan.... [more]
INGUSHETIA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Angusht
, which is the name of an ancient village. The Ingush people call themselves the Гӏалгӏай (Ghalghai)
, a combination of the Ingush words ghala
meaning "fortress, town" and ghai
meaning "inhabitants, citizens"... [more]
INVERNESS (Settlement) Scottish
A coastal city in northern Scotland. From Scottish Gaelic Inbhir
, meaning 'estuary, confluence'and nis
, the Gaelic name of the River Ness.
IOBEL (Other) ?
Sincha Samba Iobel seems to be a place in Guinea-Bissau.
IOWA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, possibly from Dakota ayuxba
ÍSAFJÖRÐUR (Settlement) Icelandic
Means "ice fjord" or "fjord of ice" in Icelandic. Ísafjörður is a town in Iceland.
ISCA (River) Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Romanized form of a Celtic river name, from Common Celtic *iska
- "water" (cognate with whiskey
). This is the Latin name for both the River Exe and the River Usk, after which the towns of Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) and Caerleon (Isca Augusta) got their Roman names.
ISÈRE (Other) French
The name of a region as well as a river in France.
ISLAMABAD (Settlement) Urdu, English
Means "city of Islam", a combination of اسلام (Islām)
referring to the monotheistic religion and the Persian آباد (ābād)
"city, building, habitation". This is the name of the capital city of Pakistan
ISTANBUL (Settlement) English
Misinterpretation of a Greek phrase "εἰς τὴν Πόλιν" (eis tín pólin)
meaning "to the city". It was formerly called Constantinople
. Istanbul is the capital city of Turkey.
ITÄMERI (Body of Water) Finnish
Means "east sea" in Finnish. This is the Finnish form of the Baltic sea
, even though the sea is located to the west of Finland
. The name is a calque of Swedish Östersjön
which means "the eastern sea".
ITHACA (Settlement) Greek Mythology
In Greek Mythology, Ithaca was the home of the hero Odysseus. The epic poem The Oddysey describes his long and perilous voyage home after the Trojan War. In literature, Ithaca has become synonymous with "home," "homeland," or "place dearest to you."
IZUMO (Other) Japanese
This is the name of a city in Japan's Shimane Prefecture. Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) (or Izumo Grand Shrine) is located in the city.... [more]