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PACIFIC OCEAN (Body of Water) English
From Portuguese pacífico
meaning "peaceful, calm", ultimately derived from Latin pacificus
PALAU (Country) Palauan
Palau is an arcipelago in Oceania. The flag is a yellow circle in the middle of a blue background, and the country is locally known as Belau.
PALESTINA (Country & Region) Afrikaans, Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish
Form of Palestine
PALESTRINA (Settlement) Italian
The name of a town east of Rome in central Italy, apparently derived from Praeneste
, its ancient name.
PANAMA (Country) English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
The name of the Country in Central America. Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route... [more]
PANGEA (Other) History
Name of the first supercontinent from the greek Pan
meaning "all" and gaia
PARAGUAY (Country) Spanish, English
Meaning unknown, but probably derived from a river with the same name. This is the name of a landlocked country in South America.
PASADENA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in CALIFORNIA
, from Ojibwe pa-sa-de-na
, meaning "valley of the valley" "crown of the valley" "key of the valley" or "hill of the valley"... [more]
PAVLODAR (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English
Derived from the name of Pavel Alexandrovich, a former Grand Duke of Russia. The city was originally named Koryakovsky
before Pavel's birth. Pavlodar is a northeastern city in Kazakhstan.
PAXSON (Settlement) English
This is the name of 3 places, two being in America and one being in Canada.... [more]
PÉCS (Settlement) Hungarian
Pécs is the fifth largest city of Hungary, located on the slopes of the Mecsek mountains in the south-west of the country.
PENGE (Settlement) English
A suburb of London, England. Originally named Penceat, it appears to derive from Brythonic *penno
, 'head, edge' and *ceid
, 'forest, wood', so likely meant 'settlement on the forest's edge'.
PENNSYLVANIA (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, literally "Penn's woods". Penn
comes from Pennaeth
, the welsh word for "head" "top" and Latin silvania
(from Latin silvia
) "wood, forrest"... [more]
PENRITH (Settlement) English
A town in Northern England. Its name derives from the Cumbric pen
, 'hill, top, summit' (Welsh pen
) and rith
, 'ford, crossing', (Welsh ryd
PENSHAW (Settlement) English
A village in Northern England. The first element seems to be Cumbric pen
, which means 'summit, head'. The most obvious explanation for the second is Old English sceaga
, meaning 'woods'... [more]
PEN-Y-GHENT (Mountain) English, Ancient Celtic
A mountain in Yorkshire, Northern England. In the Cumbric Language, the element pen
, exactly as in Welsh, meant 'head, top, summit', and y
, also as in Welsh, meant the definite article 'the'... [more]
PERSLEY (Settlement) Scottish
A small hamlet in North-East Scotland, now encompassed by the city of Aberdeen. There are several explanations as to the origin of the name of this small settlement:... [more]
PERTH (Settlement) Scottish
A city in central Scotland. The name is of Pictish origin and derived from *perth
, meaning 'bush, copse' (Welsh perth
, 'bush, hedge').
PETERBOROUGH (Settlement) English
This is the name of 2 cities, one in Cambridgeshire (UK) and Ontario (Canada), and 3 towns, one in New Hampshire (US), Victoria & South Australia (Australia).... [more]
PHILIPPINES (Country) English, French
From the Spanish name for the archipelago, Filipinas
, which was derived from FELIPE
. The name was given in honour of King Phillip II of Spain (1527-1598) by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, who originally used it to refer to the islands of Leyte
PHNOM PENH (Settlement) Khmer, English
Means "Penh's hill" in Khmer, a combination of ភ្នំ (pnum)
"hill, mountain" and ពេញ (bpeuñ)
meaning "full", but referring to Lady Penh, a wealthy woman in Cambodian legend who built a new temple for the Buddha after a flood (today believed to be the temple of Wat Phnom)... [more]
PHOENICE (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Phoenice or Phoenike
was an ancient Greek city in Epirus and capital of the Chaonians.45
It was also the location of the Treaty of Phoenice which ended the First Macedonian War,6
as well as one of the wealthiest cities in Epirus until the Roman conquest.... [more]
PHOENICIA (Region) History
from the Ancient Greek: Φοινίκη, Phoiníkē meaning "purple country", Phoenicia was a thalassocratic ancient Semitic civilization that originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the west of the Fertile Crescent.
PJONGJANG (Settlement) Afrikaans, Bosnian, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Macedonian, Polish, Serbian, Slovene
Form of Pyongyang
. In Belgium and the Netherlands, this spelling is technically considered dated but still used regularly there (especially in Belgium). The preferred spelling is now the same as the English one, namely Pyongyang
PLOVDIV (Settlement) Bulgarian, English
"Plovdiv" is the British English form of the city's original Greek name: Philippopolis
, which means "the city of Phillip". It is also the Bulgarian evolution of one of the city's names: Pulpudeva
POMPEII (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Possibly derived from the Oscan pompe
"five", becoming the Latin second declension plural, pompeii
. This may be because the community formerly consisted of five hamlets, or was perhaps settled by a family group (gens Pompeia
PONDICHERRY (Political Subdivision & Settlement) English
Derived from Tamil புதுச்சேரி (putuccēri)
meaning "new town". Pondicherry (Puducherry) is the capital city of an Indian state of the same name.
PORTLAND (Settlement) American
In America, it is most likely used as a place name in reference to Portland, Oregon.
PORTSMOUTH (Settlement) English
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a port city in Hampshire County, UK.
PRUSSIA (Country) History
Became a Duchy in 1660 and a kingdom in the following century. At its greatest extent it included the northern two-thirds of Germany and western Poland. Prussia, by World War II a federal unit of Germany, was fully disbanded at the end of World War II.
PUERTO RICO (Country) Spanish
Means "rich port" in Spanish. Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and unincorporated U.S. territory with a landscape of mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque tropical rainforest. In San Juan, the capital and largest city, the Isla Verde area is known for its hotel strip, beach bars and casinos... [more]