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MACEDONIA (Country) English
Derived from Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonía)
, which is the name of a kingdom (and region) named after the Ancient Macedonian people. In turn, their name is derived from ancient Greek μακεδνός (makednós)
meaning "tall, taper"... [more]
MADRID (Settlement) Spanish, Croatian, English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
Newer form of Magerit
. The etymology is uncertain, but it could be derived from Arabic المجريط (al-Magrīt
) "source of water". This is the name of the capital of Spain.
MAINE (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, possibly from French Maine
, a region in France (named for the river that runs through it, which has a name of Gaulish origin).
MAKHACHKALA (Settlement) Russian, English
Combination of Makhach
, the nickname of Dagestani revolter Magomed-Ali Dakhadaev and Kumyk къала (qala)
meaning "fortress". In the Kumyk language, it is referred to as Анжикъала (Anzhiqala)
meaning "pearl fortress" (анжи (anzhi)
"pearl", къала (qala)
MÁLAGA (Settlement) Spanish
The city name of Málaga came from the latin name "Malacca".
MÄLAREN (Body of Water) Swedish
Derived from Old Norse mælir
MALAWI (Country) English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating... [more]
MALAYSIA (Country) Malay, Malaysian, English
Combination of Malay Malay
and the Ancient Greek suffix -ία (-ía)
. The word Malay
is derived from melayu
, which in turn is possibly derived from Tamil மலை (malai)
(from Sanskrit मलै (malai)
) meaning "mountain, hill" and Sanskrit उर् (ur)
"town, city, land"... [more]
MALMÖ (Settlement) Swedish
Newer form of Malmhaug
meaning "gravel pile" or "ore hill". Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden.
MALTA (Country) English, Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Turkmen, West Frisian
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
MANCHESTER (Settlement) English
A large city in North-West England. Manchester is an Anglicization of the town's Latin name Mancunium
. This was likely derived from an earlier name in a language similar to Welsh. It may have derived from words equivalent to Welsh mamau
, meaning 'mother', in reference to a local river goddess... [more]
MANITOBA (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a province in Canada
, from Cree manitou-wapow
or Ojibwa manidoobaa
, both meaning "straits of Manitou, the Great Spirit",
MARIEFRED (Settlement) Swedish
Swedish town named after a charterhouse called Pax Mariae
"Maria's peace". A combination of the name Maria
and Swedish fred
means "peace, harmony" in Latin).
MARIESTAD (Settlement) Swedish
's town". It was founded in 1583 by Charles IX of Sweden and was named after his wife Maria of the Palatinate.... [more]
MARLBOROUGH (Other) English
Originating from the name of a market town in Wiltshire. Legend has it that the Mound is the burial site of Merlin and that the name of the town, Marlborough comes from Merlin's Barrow.... [more]
MARMARA (Body of Water) English (Modern, Rare)
Place name; the Sea of Marmara is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea to the Aegean Sea in Turkey.
MARSELLA (Settlement) Catalan
Marsella is the catalan version of the city of Marseilles. It is a place name.
MARYLAND (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named after Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England.
MASSACHUSETTS (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, named for the Algonquian native people who lived around the bay, from Algonquian massachusett
"at the large hill," in reference to Great Blue Hill, southwest of Boston.
MAURITANIA (Country) English
Derived from Latin Maurītānia
, itself from Maurus
meaning "Moor" (referring to the Moors, a group of Muslims who historically inhabited the Maghreb
in Northern Africa), ultimately from Greek μαυρός (maurós)
meaning "dark"... [more]
MAYKOP (Settlement) Russian, English
Means "the valley of apple trees" in Adyghe. Maykop is the capital city of the Russian Republic of Adygea located in the Caucasus.
MAYNILÀ (Settlement) Filipino
Derived from the Tagalog phrase sa may Nilà
meaning "the place where there are nilàs". Nilà is referring to the flowering mangrove tree that grew on the shores of Manila Bay. The word nilà itself is probably from Sanskrit nila (नील)
MECCA (Settlement) English
Possibly from Phoenician maqaq
meaning "ruined" or Arabic mahrab
meaning "sanctuary". The official name of the city is مكة المكرمة (Makkah al-Mukarramah / Makkatu l-Mukarramah)
meaning "Mecca the Honored" or "The Holy City of Mecca"... [more]
MEDAN (Settlement) Indonesian, English
Meaning uncertain. According to the diary of a Portuguese merchant, the name is derived from Tamil மைதானம் (Maidhāṉam)
meaning "ground" (or Hindi मैदान (Maidan)
), adopted from Malay... [more]
MEGHALAYA (Political Subdivision) Indian
Means "abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. This is the name of a state in northeastern India.
MEKKA (Settlement) Afrikaans, Bosnian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Luxembourgish, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Slovak
Form of Mecca
MELLIEĦA (Settlement) Maltese
This is the name of a large village/small town in Malta. It may probably be derived from the Semitic root m-l-h
which means "salt" in Arabic, thus it may come from Maltese melħ
MELROSE (Settlement) Scottish
Habitational namefor a place near Galashiels in the Scottish borders, so named from British words that were ansetors of Welsh moel 'bare', 'barren' rhos 'heath'.... [more]
MESSINA (Settlement) Italian
City in Sicily, which was named after the ancient Greek town of Messene.
MIAMI (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Florida
. The name was first mentioned by Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, a captive of Indians in southern Florida for 17 years, when he referred to what is now Lake Okeechobee as the "Lake of Mayaimi, which is called Mayaimi because it is very large"... [more]
MICHIGAN (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally applied to lake Michigan, perhaps from Old Ojibwa (Algonquian) meshi-gami
MIDGARD (Other) English, Portuguese
Variant of Miðgarðr
, meaning "middle yard" or "middle enclosure". This is the name for where the humans live, located between heaven and hell, in Norse mythology.
MINNESOTA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally the name of a river, from Dakota (Siouan) mnisota
, literally "cloudy water", "milky water", from mni
"river, stream" + sota
MINNETONKA (Settlement) English
Name of a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota
, means "great water" from Dakota mni
"river, stream" and tanka
MISSISSAUGA (Region) Ojibwe
From the Anishinaabe word misi-zaagiing
, meaning "Those at the Great River Mouth". Name of the Mississauga tribe, and now a name of a Toronto suburb. Closely related to the Ojibwe word misswezahging
, mean "river of many outlets".
MISSISSIPPI (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, originally the name of a river, from Ojibwe misi-ziibi "Great river".
MITSUE (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a village located in the eastern-most part of Nara prefecture in western Japan.... [more]
MONACO (Country) English, French
This is the name of a sovereign city-state and microstate bordering France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on one side.... [more]
MONOIKOS (Settlement) Greek
This is the name of a 6th century BC Phocaean Greek colony, near what is now Monaco.... [more]
MONTREAL (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Canada
, from French le mont Royal
"mont royal". Jacques Cartier named it after the nearby mountain, but it is uncertain how royal
. A common explanation is that real is the Middle French form of Royal, but Cartier himself recorded le mont Royal
when he named it.
MORDOVIA (Political Subdivision) English
Refers to the Mordvins
, the native ethnic group inhabiting the area. The name Mordvin
itself is a self designation adopted by the people, believed to be derived frm Scythian mard
meaning "man"... [more]
MORVAH (Settlement) Cornish
From Cornish Morvedh
, derived from mor
"sea" and bedh
"grave". This is the name of a small Cornish village.
MOSCOW (Settlement) English
Transliteration of Russian Москва (Moskva)
meaning "the city by the Moskva River".
MOSKVA (Settlement) Russian
Original Russian form of Moscow
, which refers to the city as well as the Moskva River.
MOURNE (Mountain) Irish
Both the name of a mountain range and a river in Northern Ireland, meaning "misty fists" from Irish múig
"smoke, gloom" and dorn
MOZAMBIQUE (Country) English
The name of the Country in East Africa. Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule... [more]