Submitted Place Names Starting with R

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Rabat (Settlement) English, French, Spanish
From Arabic الرباط (ar-Ribat) meaning "the ribat", referring to a type of fortification used during the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. It is also used as a shortened form of the city's Arabic nickname, رباط الفتح (ribatu l-fath), which means "fortification of conquest, fortification of victory"... [more]
Râca (Political Subdivision) Romanian
Racine (Settlement) English, French
Means "root" in French. It is the name of a large city in Wisconsin.
Rahkaing (Political Subdivision) Arakanese, Burmese
Arakanese form of Rakhine and a Burmese variant of Yahkaing.
Raini (River) Georgian
Georgian form of Rhine.
Rakhine (Political Subdivision) English
From Arakanese ရခိုင် (rahkaing), the name of the Rakhine (or Arakanese) people, which is believed to be derived from Pali Rakkhapura or Rakkhita meaning "land of the Rakshasas" (the name of a legendary creature in Hindu mythology)... [more]
Rakousko (Country) Czech
Czech form of Austria
Rakow (Settlement) Polish
Polish Village.
Rakúsko (Country) Slovak
Slovak form of Austria
Raleigh (Settlement) English
Name of the capital in North Carolina, named for Sir Walter Raleigh, sponsor of Roanoke, the "lost colony" on Roanoke Island.
Ranao (Political Subdivision & Body of Water) Filipino, Maranao
Variant of Ranaw.
Ranaw (Political Subdivision & Body of Water) Filipino, Maranao
Maranao form of Lanao.
Rancho Cucamonga (Settlement) English
From the name of a 19th-century land grant (rancho) given to Mexican merchant Tiburcio Tapía (1789-1845), who turned it into a winery. The name was derived from Tongva kukamonga meaning "sandy place"... [more]
Rangoon (Settlement) Danish, Dutch, Swedish, English (Archaic)
Historical English form of Yangon based on the Arakanese pronunciation of the city's name. It is also the standard Danish, Dutch and Swedish form.
Rangoun (Settlement) French
French form of Yangon.
Rangún (Settlement) Czech, Slovak, Spanish
Czech, Slovak, and Spanish form of Yangon.
Rangūnas (Settlement) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Yangon.
Rāoho (Country) Maori
Maori form of Laos.
Raosu (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Laos.
Rasay (Country) Bashkir
Bashkir form of Russia.
Ratanak Kiri (Political Subdivision) Khmer
Rawanda (Country) Burmese, Thai
Burmese and Thai form of Rwanda.
Rāwhia (Country) Maori
Maori form of Latvia.
Rbaṭ (Settlement) Kabyle
Kabyle form of Rabat.
Rebanon (Country) Japanese
Japanese form of Lebanon.
Rebun (Island) Japanese
This is the name of an island which is off the north-western tip of Hokkaidō in the far north of Japan.... [more]
Řecko (Country) Czech
Czech form of Greece
Red (River) English
The Red River goes through the southern states of the USA.
Redmond (Settlement) English
This is the name of two cities, one in Washington and the other in Oregon.
Reedley (Settlement) English (American)
A city in Fresno County, California. Named for Thomas Law Reed, a veteran of the Union Army in the Civil War who donated most of his land to the city.
Regatul Unit (Country) Romanian
Romanian form of United Kingdom
Reggio Calabria (Settlement) Italian, English, German, Dutch
From Latin Regium, itself from Ancient Greek Ῥήγιoν (Rhéghion), of uncertain meaning. This is the name of a city in southern Italy.... [more]
Reggio Emilia (Settlement) Italian, English, Dutch, German, Spanish
From Latin Regium, abbreviation of Regium Lepidi, named after Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, who oversaw the construction of the Via Aemilia. This is the name of a city in northern Italy.... [more]
Regina (Settlement) English (Canadian)
Capital of Saskatchewan, Canada. Meaning "queen", named in honour of Queen Victoria.
Région Centre (Region & Political Subdivision) French
Meaning "central region", a reference to the region's location in the central part of the original French language area.... [more]
Regne Unit (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of United Kingdom
Reialme Unit (Country) Occitan
Occitan form of United Kingdom
Reikiavik (Settlement) Greek, Spanish
Greek and Spanish form of Reykjavík.
Rein (River) Estonian, Finnish
Estonian and Finnish form of Rhine.
Reina (River) Latvian
Latvian form of Rhine.
Reinas (River) Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Rhine.
Reinu Xuníu (Country) Asturian
Asturian form of United Kingdom
Ren (River) Polish, Slovene, Turkish
Polish, Slovenian and Turkish form of Rhine.
Reno (River) Italian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of Rhine.
Repanona (Country) Maori
Maori form of Lebanon.
Republiken Kongo (Country) Swedish
Swedish official form of Republic of the Congo (see Congo). Often referred to as Kongo-Brazzaville to differentiate it from Demokratiska Republiken Kongo (often called Kongo-Kinshasa).
Retford (Settlement) English
Retford, also known as East Retford, is a market town in the Bassetlaw District in Nottinghamshire, England, and one of the oldest English market towns having been granted its first charter in 1105
Réunion (Island) French
French for “Reunion”
Revere (Settlement) English (American)
A city in Massachusetts named after American Revolutionary War patriot Paul Revere. Revere is an English word meaning "to admire".
Reykjavík (Settlement) Icelandic
Means "bay of smokes", from Old Norse reykir, plural of reykr “smoke” and vík "bay". Steam from hot springs in the region is said to have inspired Reykjavík's name.
Reynosa (Settlement) Spanish
Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is also the municipal seat of Reynosa Municipality.
Rgya Gar (Country) Bhutanese, Tibetan
From Bhutanese and Tibetan རྒྱ (rgya) meaning "extent, size, vastness" or "empire" and དཀར (dkar) meaning "white". This is the Bhutanese and Tibetan name for India.
Rhäin (River) Luxembourgish
Luxembourgish form of Rhine.
Rhein (River) German
German form of Rhine.
Rhen (River) Swedish
Swedish form of Rhine.
Rhin (River) French
French form of Rhine.
Rhinelander (Settlement) American
The name of a town in Oneida County, Wisconsin and the home of the Hodag, a cryptid with the head of a frog, the face of an elephant, and the body of a dinosaur. It was named after Frederic W. Rhinelander.
Rhinen (River) Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Rhine.
Rhode Island (Island & Political Subdivision) English
Name of a state in the United States, said to have been named by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano when he passed through in 1524, based on an imagined similarity between modern Block Island and the Greek Isle of Rhodes, or possibly from Dutch Roodt Eylandt, literally "red island", a name given by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block.
Rhodésie (Country) French
French form of Rhodesia.
Rhodesie (Country) Czech
Czech form of Rhodesia.
Rhodesië (Country) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Rhodesia.
Rhodesien (Country) German
German form of Rhodesia.
Rhyl (Settlement) Welsh
Seaside resort and community in the Welsh county of Denbighshire. The origin is not fully known. The name seems to be a hybrid of the English word "hill" and the Welsh definite article "y", meaning "the hill"... [more]
Riad (Settlement) Basque, Catalan, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish
Form of Riyadh used in several languages.
Riau (Political Subdivision) Indonesian
Meaning uncertain, possibly derived from Portuguese rio meaning "river" or Malay riuh meaning "thunderous, frenzied, blaring". This is the name of two provinces in Indonesia (Riau and Riau Islands) as well as an archipelago in the same region.
Ribat (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Rabat, usually written with the definite article: الرباط‎ (ar-Ribat).
Ribia (Country) Japanese, Korean
Japanese and Korean form of Libya.
Richland (Settlement) English
Means "Rich's land". This is the name of a city in Washington as well as several other places in the United States.
Richmond (Region, Mountain & Other) French
It is a habitational name, with the Old French elements riche ‘rich’, ‘splendid’ + mont ‘hill’. ... [more]
Rietumsahāra (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Western Sahara
Rīga (Settlement) Latvian
Latvian form of Riga.
Riga (Settlement) English, Russian
From Latvian Rīga, origin disputed. It may be derived from Livonian ringa meaning "loop", referring to an ancient harbor formed by the tributary loop of the Daugava river, from Riege, the German name of the Rīdzene (a tributary of the Daugava), or from Latvian rija meaning "threshing barn"... [more]
Righa (Settlement) Arabic
Arabic form of Riga.
Rīgõ (Settlement) Livonian
Livonian form of Riga.
Riia (Settlement) Estonian
Estonian form of Riga.
Riika (Settlement) Finnish
Finnish form of Riga.
Rijád (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Hungarian
Hungarian form of Riyadh.
Rijad (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Polish
Polish form of Riyadh.
Rijeka (Settlement) Croatian
Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third-largest city in Croatia... [more]
Rijn (River) Dutch
Dutch form of Rhine.
Rijsel (Settlement) Dutch
Dutch form of Lille.
Rika (Settlement) Thai
Thai form of Riga.
Rīkeneteina (Country) Maori
Maori form of Liechtenstein.
Rikers (Island) Dutch (Americanized)
variation of Rycken
Riksgränsen (Settlement) Swedish
Means "the national border" in Swedish. Riksgränsen is a small village and popular ski-resort in Northern Sweden, close to the Norwegian border.
Rim (Settlement) Croatian
Croatian form of Rome.
Rimac (River) Spanish (Latin American)
Rimac River, Rimac derives from quechua "Rimay" which means "to speak", Rimac River is called "the speaking river", "the river that babbles/chatters/speaks a lot", in some sense "the roaring river" or "the noisy river".
Rimini (Settlement) Italian, English, French, German, Polish, Russian
From Latin Ariminum or Ariminium, itself from Etruscan arimna or harimne, of uncertain meaning.... [more]
Rín (River) Icelandic
Icelandic form of Rhine.
Rin (River) Catalan, Romanian, Spanish
Catalan, Romanian and Spanish form of Rhine.
Rinos (River) Greek
Modern Greek form of Rhine.
Ríocht Aontaithe (Country) Irish
Irish form of United Kingdom
Rio De Janeiro (Settlement) Brazilian, English
Means "river of January" in Portuguese. Rio de Janeiro is a major city in Brazil. The city was named after the nearby Guanabara Bay which was discovered by Europeans in January 1502.
Rio Grande Do Norte (Political Subdivision) Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese, English
Literally "Great River of the North" in Portuguese, referring to the mouth of the Potenji River. This is the name of a state of Brazil.
Rio Grande Do Sul (Political Subdivision) Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese, English
Literally "Great River of the South" in Portuguese. This name comes from the Lagoa dos Patos, which was thought to be the mouth of the Rio Grande by Dutch explorers. This is the name of a state in Brazil.
Riseubon (Settlement) Korean
Korean form of Lisbon.
Risubon (Settlement) Japanese
Japanese form of Lisbon.
Rituainiya (Country) Nauruan
Nauruan form of Lithuania
Rituānia (Country) Maori
Maori form of Lithuania.
Riverside (Settlement) English
This place name meaning "by the side of the river", this the name of multiple cities in the United States.
Riverton (Settlement) English
Riverton means "river town", and several cities in the United States have this name.
Riyadh (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Arabic, English
Means "meadows, gardens", from the plural of Arabic روضة (rawdah). This is the name of the capital city of Saudi Arabia and a province of the same name. In Arabic it is properly written with the definite article: الرياض (ar-Riyadh).
Roanoke (Settlement, Island & River) Algonquian
The name Roanoke is said to have originated from rawrenock, an Algonquian word for "shell money".
Rockland (Settlement) English
Rockland meaning "rocky land" is a city in Maine and a town in Massachusetts.
Rodeesia (Country) Estonian
Estonian form of Rhodesia.
Rodésia (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of Rhodesia.
Rodesia (Country) Greek, Spanish, Italian
Greek and Spanish form of Rhodesia as well as an Italian alternative name for the former country.
Rodezia (Country) Georgian
Georgian form of Rhodesia.
Rodēzija (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Rhodesia.
Rodezja (Country) Polish
Polish form of Rhodesia.
Rodezya (Country) Turkish
Turkish form of Rhodesia.
Roer (River) Dutch, French, Italian, Luxembourgish
Dutch, French, Italian and Luxembourgish form of Rur.
Roestavi (Settlement) Dutch
Dutch form of Rustavi.
Roethenië (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Ruthenia.
Rogaland (Political Subdivision) Norwegian
From the Old Norse rygir (probably the name of a Germanic tribe) and and lǫnd meaning "lands." ... [more]
Roheneemesaared (Country) Estonian
Estonian form of Cape Verde
Rómáin (Country) Irish
Irish form of Romania
Romandië (Region) Dutch
Dutch form of Romandy.
Romani (Country) Persian
Persian form of Romania.
Romānia (Country) Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Romania.
Romanía (Country) Galician
Galician form of Romania
Romaniya (Country) Crimean Tatar
Crimean Tatar form of Romania
Romanya (Country) Kurdish, Turkish
Kurdish and Turkish form of Romania.
Romeinia (Country) Maori
Maori form of Romania.
Romi (Settlement) Georgian, Greek
Georgian and modern Greek form of Rome.
Romsa (Political Subdivision) Northern Sami
A county in Norway. It is generally believed that the name comes from the Norwegian name for the county, which is Troms.
Roncesvalles (Settlement) Spanish
Town in Navarra (Spain) where in 778 Charlemagne lost a fsmous battle against Arabs
Roncisvalle (Settlement) Italian
The Italian form of Roncesvalles (Navarra, Spain) where in 778 Charlemagne lost a famous battle against Arabs.
Rondônia (Political Subdivision) Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese
Named after Marshal Cândido Rondon, who explored the area in the 1910s. This is the name of a state of Brazil.
Roraima (Political Subdivision, Region & Mountain) Portuguese, Spanish, English
Of Peron origin, meaning either "parrot mountain" or "green peak," referring to Mount Roraima, located on the border between Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela. Since 1962, the name has also been used on a federal territory in north-western Brazil, which became a state in 1988.
Ros Comáin (Political Subdivision) Irish
Irish form of Roscommon.
Roscommon (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Irish
County and town in Ireland. From the Irish 'Ros Comáin', meaning "Saint Coman's wood", after Saint Coman mac Faelchon who built a monastery there in the 5th century.
Rosebery (Settlement) English
Australian locational name.
Roseville (Political Subdivision) French
A city in California.
Roslagen (Region) Swedish
Derived from roslag, an old dialectal word meaning "rowing crew", ultimately derived from Old Swedish *roþs- "rowing". Compare Rus, and modern Swedish ro "to row".
Rossi (Country) Chechen
Chechen form of Russia.
Roterntam (Settlement) Greek
Greek form of Rotterdam.
Rotorua (Settlement) English (New Zealand)
A city in the North Island of New Zealand. The city and suburbs are built on the shores of Lake Rotorua.
Rotterdam (Settlement) Dutch
Named after the dam that was built in 1260 across the Rotte river. This is the name of a city in the Netherlands.
Rouantelezh Unanet (Country) Breton
Breton form of United Kingdom
Roufo (Political Subdivision) Chinese
Chinese form of Johor.
Roumania (Country) Greek
Greek form of Romania.
Rovine (Settlement) History
Roxbury (Settlement) English
A name of several towns in the United States and Canada, including a neighborhood within the city of Boston, Massachusetts.
Royal Oak (Settlement) English (American)
Royal Oak is a city in Oakland County in the state of Michigan, United States.
Rúanda (Country) Icelandic
Icelandic form of Rwanda
Ruanna (Country) Sicilian
Sicilian form of Rwanda
Ruen (Settlement) Bulgarian
Rügen (Island) German
Ruhango (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Rwandan, Eastern African
Rūhia (Country) Maori
Maori form of Russia.
Ruidan (Country) Chinese
Chinese form of Sweden.
Ruishi (Country) Chinese
Chinese form of Schweiz via French Suisse, used as the Chinese name for Switzerland.
Rukungiri (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Kiga
Meaning unknown.
Rumānija (Country) Latvian
Latvian form of Romania.
Rumanija (Country) Maltese
Maltese form of Romania.
Rumanio (Country) Esperanto
Esperanto form of Romania.
Rúmenía (Country) Icelandic
Icelandic form of Romania.
Rumenia (Country) Corsican, Romansh
Corsican and Romansh form of Romania
Rumineti (Country) Georgian
Georgian form of Romania.
Rumıniya (Country) Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Romania.
Růmůńijo (Country) Silesian
Silesian form of Romania.
Rumuniya (Country) Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Romania.
Rumùńskô (Country) Kashubian
Kashubian form of Romania
Rumunsko (Country) Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Romania
Rumyni (Country) Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Ossetian
Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, and Ossetian form of Romania.
Rumyniýa (Country) Turkmen
Turkmen form of Romania.
Ruoŧŧa (Country) Sami
Northern Sami form of Sweden, possibly via Finnish Ruotsi.
Ruokai (Political Subdivision) Chinese
Chinese form of Rakhine.
Ruseti (Country) Georgian
From რუსი (rusi) referring to the Russian people and the suffix -ეთი (-eti) used to indicate location. This is the Georgian name for Russia.
Rusha (Country) Burmese
Burmese form of Russia.
Rūsia (Country) Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of Russia.
Rusio (Country) Esperanto
Esperanto form of Russia.
Rusiye (Country) Crimean Tatar
Crimean Tatar form of Russia.
Ruslan (Country) Javanese
Javanese form of Russland via Dutch Rusland, used as the Javanese name for Russia.
Ruson (Island) Japanese, Korean
Japanese and Korean form of Luzon.
Russiýa (Country) Turkmen
Turkmen form of Russia.
Russja (Country) Maltese
Maltese form of Russia.
Rûsya (Country) Kurdish
Kurdish form of Russia.
Rusyjo (Country) Silesian
Silesian form of Russia.
Rwenzori (Region, Settlement & Mountain) Eastern African, Konjo
Rwenzori is the name of a popular National Park in Southwest Uganda. Its name comes from a Konjo word which means “Rainmaking Mountains”.
Rwenzururu (Region & Settlement) Konjo, Eastern African
Rwenzururu means ‘The Mountains of Rain’ in the Konjo Language of West Uganda. Rwenzori is a diminutive of it.
Rwsia (Country) Welsh
Welsh form of Russia
Ryga (Settlement) Lithuanian, Polish
Lithuanian and Polish form of Riga.
Ryha (Settlement) Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of Riga.
Rýn (River) Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Rhine.
Ryn (River) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Rhine.
Ryssä (Country) Meänkieli
Meänkieli form of Russia
Rzym (Settlement) Polish
Polish form of Rome.