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NAGORNO-KARABAKH (Political Subdivision) English
Combination of Russian нагорный (nagorniy)
"highland" and Karabakh
, derived from Turkish kara
"black" and Persian باغ (bāgh)
"garden". Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region in the CAUCASUS
and internationally recognized as a part of AZERBAIJAN
NAIRN (Settlement) Scottish
A town in Inverness-shire, Scotland. The town is so called due to its location on the river Nairn, the name of which is probably of pre-Celtic origin.
NAMIBIA (Country) Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Danish, English, Finnish, Georgian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu
From the name of the Namib Desert, derived from Khoekhoe namib
meaning "desert" or "vast place". This is the name of a country in southern Africa.
NAMIBIYA (Country) Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Indian, Hindi, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Persian, Russian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Form of NAMIBIA
NANGIJALA (Other) Literature
Meaning unknown. Invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren for her novel "The Brothers Lionheart" (1973) where it is the main setting. In the book, Nangijala is the name of afterlife where our souls go after we die.
NARA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city which is the capital of Nara Prefecture in western Japan. The kanji used are 奈 (dai, na, nai, ikan, karanashi) meaning "Nara, what?" and 良 (ryou, i.i, yo.i, ra) meaning "good, pleasing, skilled."... [more]
NARATHIWAT (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Thai, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
From Thai นร (nara)
meaning "man" and อธิวาส (athiwat)
meaning "residence, house". This is the name of a province and city in southern Thailand.
NÄRKE (Region) Swedish
Närke is Swedish historical province. The name is believed to be derived from the word när
meaning "ridge, hill" (not to be confused with the word nära
NAURU (Country & Island) English
An island country in Oceania
NAVAN (Other) Irish
Irish place name meaning "the cave" (?)
NAVARRE (Country) French
From the name of the historic Royaume de Navarre
, a kingdom in the West Pyrenees mountains which is divided today between Spain and France. It is either derived from the Basque nabar
, meaning "brownish" or "multicolor" (which would be a contrast with the green mountain lands north of the original County of Navarre); or from the Basque naba
, "valley" or "plain", and herri
, "land" or "people".
NAYPYIDAW (Settlement) Afrikaans, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish, Filipino, Tagalog, Turkish
From Burmese နေပြည်တော် (Nepyidaw)
meaning "abode of the king" or "royal abode", from နေပြည် (ne-pyi)
meaning "abode" and တော် (taw)
meaning "royal, sacred"... [more]
NAZRAN (Settlement) Russian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Greek, Norwegian, Ossetian, Portuguese, Persian, Romanian, Swedish, Tagalog, Tatar, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek
From Ingush Наьсаре (Nasare)
possibly from Нясара (Nyasara)
, supposedly the name of the first person to settle in the region. This is the name of a town in Ingushetia that served as the republic's capital until 2000.
NEAPOL (Settlement) Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Czech, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uzbek
Form of NAPLES
NEBRASKA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Otoe Ñí Brásge
meaning "flat water".
NEFTEKAMSK (Settlement) Russian, English
Derived from Russian нефть (neft')
meaning "oil, petroleum" and the name of the Kama River
. Neftekamsk is a city in Russia and the Republic of Bashkortostan.
NEGERI SEMBILAN (Political Subdivision) Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Banjar, Javanese, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Means "nine states" from Malay negeri
meaning "state, country" and sembilan
meaning "nine". The name refers to the nine original villages founded by Minangkabau settlers from Sumatra. This is the name of a state in Malaysia.
NENT (River) English
A river in the North Pennines. Its name is derived from Cumbric nent
, meaning 'stream'. It is a tributary of the TYNE
NERIUNGRI (Political Subdivision) Russian
comes from the Evenk word for "grayling" (species of freshwater-fish in the family of salmon) ... the second largest town in the Sakha Republic, Russia and the administrative center of Neryungrinsky District
NEVADA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Spanish Sierra Nevada
NEWCASTLE (Settlement) English
A city in North-East England. It simply denoted the site of a New Castle, as this is where a castle was erected by William the Conquer in 1080.... [more]
NEWFOUNDLAND (Country) English
From 1907 to 1949, Newfoundland existed as the self-governing Dominion of Newfoundland. In 1949, Newfoundland joined Canada as a province.
NEW GRANADA (Country) History
This South American country was part of GRAN COLOMBIA
from 1819-1830 and was independent from 1830-1858. In 1858, the country became known as the Grenadine Confederation, then the United States of New Granada in 1861, the United States of COLOMBIA
in 1863, and finally, the Republic of COLOMBIA
NEW GUINEA (Island) English
New Guinea is a large island in the South West Pacific region. It is the world's second-largest island, after Greenland, covering a land area of 785,753 km², and the largest wholly or partly within the Southern Hemisphere.
NEW JERSEY (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, named after the largest of British channel islands Jersey.
NEW YORK (Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of a city in that state, named after the then Duke of YORK
, later King James II of England.
NIAGARA (Body of Water, Settlement & Region) Iroquois
Name of a popular waterfall, a town, and region, in CANADA
. Derived from the Iroquois word Onguiaahra
, meaning either "the strait", or "bisected bottom lands"
NICARAGUA (Country) English
The name of the Country in Central America. Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches... [more]
NICOSIA (Settlement) Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, English, Hungarian, Italian, Malay, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
From a French corruption of Greek Λευκωσία (Lefkosía)
, which is of uncertain meaning. The most probable theory states that it is derived from the Greek phrase λευκό περιουσία (lefkó periousía)
meaning "white estate"... [more]
NIDELVA (River) Norwegian
The name of a river that runs through TRONDHEIM
, and the name of a river in southern Norway. The name is a combination of the words elv
"river" and nid
(of unknown meaning).
NIFLHEIM (Other) Norse Mythology
Derived from the Old Norse elements nifl
- meaning "mist; dark" and heimr
"residence, world" (which is cognate with English home
). In Norse mythology, Niflheim or Niflheimr was the realm of the dead.
NIKARAGUA (Country) Albanian, Armenian, Basque, Bulgarian, Czech, Georgian, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek
Form of NICARAGUA
NINGXIA (Political Subdivision) Chinese, Afrikaans, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Kurdish, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
From Chinese 宁 (níng)
meaning "peaceful, calm, serene" and 夏 (xià)
referring to the Western Xia, an empire that existed from 1038 to 1227... [more]
NIPIGON (River & Settlement) Ojibwe
Town and river in ONTARIO
. From the Ojibwe word Alimipigon
, possibly meaning "where the water begins".
NIUE (Country & Island) English
Niue is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean.
NIXA (Settlement) English
Named after one of the towns first civic leaders, Nicholas A. Inman. Originally supposed to be called 'Nix' before the inclusion of Inman's middle initial.
NIZA (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish for the city of Nice, France.
NOKHCHIYCHO (Political Subdivision) Chechen
From Chechen нохчий (nokhchiy)
, the plural of the endonym нохчо (nokhcho)
, combined with the suffix -чоь (-cho)
meaning "place of". The ethnic name is believed to be derived from Nakh нах (nakh)
meaning "people" or "man, person"... [more]
NOLITA (Political Subdivision) American
A neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Derived from "NOrth of Little ITAly"123
NORDLAND (Political Subdivision) Norwegian
From the Norwegian words nord
meaning "north" and land
meaning "country."... [more]
NORTHAMPTON (Political Subdivision) English
From Ham tune
, literally meaning "home town" in Old English. The prefix north
was added later to distinguish it from other towns called HAMPTON
NORTH DAKOTA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, also the name of indigenous people of the Great Plains, from the Dakota word dakhóta
NORTHERN CYPRUS (Region) English
Northern Cyprus (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs), officially the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC; Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti, KKTC), is a de facto state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus... [more]
NORTH KOREA (Country) English
North Korea (Korean: 조선, MR: Chosŏn; literally 북조선, MR: Pukchosŏn, or 북한/北韓, RR: Bukhan in South Korean usage), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or DPR Korea; Korean: 조선민주주의인민공화국, Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), is a country in East Asia constituting the northern part of the Korean Peninsula... [more]
NORTH MACEDONIA (Country) English
North Macedonia (Macedonia until February 2019), officially the Republic of North Macedonia, is a country in the Balkans, southeast Europe. It gained independence in 1991 as one of the successor states of Yugoslavia... [more]
NORTHUMBERLAND (Region) English
From the much larger Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria, meaning 'land north of the Humber'.
NORWICH (Settlement) English
From Old English "north" and wic
"trading center"/"harbor". Name of a city in the county of Norfolk.
NOTTINGHAM (Settlement) English
Dervied from its Old English name "homestead of Snot's people"; the initial S was lost in the 12th century, due to the influence of Anglo-Norman French (the combination of sn- is alien to French). Name of a city in Nottinghamshire, from which the county gets its name.
NOUAKCHOTT (Settlement) French, Afrikaans, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog
From Arabic نواكشوط (Nuwākšūṭ)
, which is from Tamazight Nawākšūṭ
meaning "place of the winds" or inua u-kshut
meaning "made of wood, made of sticks". This is the name of the capital of Mauritania
NOVAYA ZEMLYA (Island) Russian, English, Indonesian, Malay
Means "new land" from Russian новая (novaya)
meaning "new" and земля (zemlya)
meaning "land, soil, earth". This is the name of an Arctic archipelago in northern Russia.
NUR-SULTAN (Settlement) Kazakh, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hindi, Italian, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian
From the given name NURSULTAN
. This is the name of the capital city of Kazakhstan
, renamed in honour of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev (1940-)... [more]