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SAEKI (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a former town in Okayama Prefecture in western Japan and a ward of Hiroshima City, also in western Japan.... [more]
SAHARA (Country & Region) Afrikaans, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Kurdish, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Norwegian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Telugu, Thai, Turkmen, Yiddish
Derived from Arabic صَحَارَى (ṣaḥārā)
meaning "deserts", the plural of صَحْرَاء (ṣaḥrāʾ)
meaning "desert". This is the name of a desert in Northern Africa as well as a disputed territory and semi-independent state (Western Sahara).
SAINT PETERSBURG (Settlement) English
Derived from German Sankt Petersburg
meaning "Saint Peter's city", a reference to Saint Peter, a Disciple of Jesus Christ or Peter the Great, a Russian tsar. Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia and the former capital of the country... [more]
SAKHA (Political Subdivision) English
Derived from Turkic saqa, saha
meaning "cue" or "bat". The Sakha Republic (or Yakutia) is a federal subject in the Russian Far East.
SAKHALIN (Island) Russian, English
Derived from Manchu sahaliyan
meaning "black". A misconception of the original Manchu word led to the present name. "Sahaliyan Ula" is also the Manchu name for the Amur River. Sakhalin Island is an island in the Far East of Russia, right above Japan.
SAN ANTONIO (Settlement & River) English
Means "Saint Anthony" from Spanish san
"Saint" + Antonio
, a Spanish form of the given name ANTHONY
. The river was named after San Antonio de Padua by the first governor of Spanish Texas, Domingo Terán de los Ríos in 1691... [more]
SANDHURST (Settlement) English
Old English, meaning "sandy thicket of trees." A place name. In England, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (named after the village it is located) is the prestigious British Army officer training centre.
SANDRINGHAM (Settlement) English
Derived from the Old English: "sand" hring
"homestead". "Sandy circular homestead". The name of a village in Norfolk, where Sandringham House, one of the Queen's country retreats is located.
SAN JUAN (Other) Spanish
The name of the Capital of Puerto Rico. San Juan, Puerto Rico's capital and largest city, sits on the island's Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos... [more]
SÁPMI (Region) Sami, Swedish, English, German, Breton, Faroese, Manx, Scots, Vietnamese
Perhaps ultimately derived from Proto-Balto-Slavic *źemē
meaning "earth". Suomi
, the Finnish name for Finland, is believed to be derived from the same root... [more]
SAPPORO (Political Subdivision) Japanese
One of Japan's biggest cities. Back in early Japanese history, it was known Ishikari Plain.
SARAJEVO (Settlement) Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish
Capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name is believed to be derived from the term saray ovası
meaning "the plains around the palace". The first element is derived from the Turkish word saray
meaning "palace"... [more]
SAUDI ARABIA (Country) English
From Arabic سُعُودِيّ (suʿūdiyy)
referring to the House of Saud, the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia (see Arabic SAUDIYYAH
), combined with Greek Ἀραβία (Arabíā)
referring to the Arabian Peninsula... [more]
SAUDIYYAH (Country) Arabic
From Arabic سُعُودِيّ (suʿūdiyy)
referring to the House of Saud, the ruling royal family of Saudi Arabia, usually written with a definite article as السعودية (as-Saudiyyah)
SAWEL (Mountain) English, Irish (Anglicized)
Sawel Mountain (historically known as Slieve Sawel) is the highest peak in the Sperrins, a mountain range in Northern Ireland. This is an Anglicized form of Irish samhail
meaning "likeness", taken from its Irish name Samhail Phite Méabha
"likeness to MÉABH
's vulva", referring to a glen or hollow on the side of the mountain.
SÁŽŽÁ (Island) Northern Sami
An Island and a municipality in Troms county, Norway. The meaning is unknown. The Norwegian name for the island is SENJA
SCANDINAVIA (Region) English
Likely derived from the Germanic root *Skaðin-awjō
, a combination of the reconstructed elements *skaðan-
"danger, damage" and *awjō
"island". Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe and usually refers to SWEDEN
, and NORWAY
SCARBOROUGH (Settlement) English
The name of a city in England. It is mentioned in the folk song "Scarborough Fair" about a fair held in the Middle Ages. A notable version of this song is the one by Simon and Garfunkel.
SECACAH (Settlement) Biblical
A Hebrew girl's name, originating in Israel, meaning "covering, defense"
SEDBERGH (Settlement) English
A small town in rural Northern England. Its name derives from Old Norse sed
, meaning 'sand' and berg
, meaning 'mountain', referring to the mountainous location of Sedbergh and possibly the sandstone hills.
SENJA (Island) Norwegian
An island and a municipality in TROMS
. The meaning of the name is officially unknown, but it could come from the word sundr
which means "split apart" or "tear"... [more]
SEOUL (Settlement) Korean, Danish, English, German, Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Swedish, Tagalog
Means "capital" in Korean, probably derived from Sillan 서라벌 (Seorabeol)
referring to the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla. This is the name of the capital city of South Korea.
SERDICA (Settlement) Ancient Greek
Latin and Ancient Greek name for the Bulgarian city now known as SOFIA
. Named after the Celtic tribe Serdi
SETON (Settlement) English
A Scottish place, Seaton
near Longniddry, "is so named because it was held from the 12th century by a Norman family de Sey
, from Say
in Indre. Other places of this name, for example those in Cumbria, Devon, County Durham, Northumbria, and Yorkshire, are mostly named with Old English sæ
"sea, lake" and tun
"enclosure, settlement"... [more]
SHANGRILA (Body of Water) Pakistani, Tibetan
Shangrila is a name of Tibetan origin. The name means "heaven on earth". The name is mainly known in northern Pakistan. The "Shangrila Lake" in northern Pakistan is very famous among the country.
SHEDOLAMACK (Region) Mormon
According to LDS scripture, this was the name of the place where Cainan met Adam and was blessed.
SHIRETOKO (Other) Japanese
This is the name of a peninsula (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005) in north-eastern Hokkaidō in northern Japan. The kanji that make up Shiretoko are 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru, shire) meaning "know, wisdom" and 床 (shou, toko, yuka) meaning "bed, floor, padding, tatami."... [more]
SHISHAN (Political Subdivision) Arabic
Arabic form of CHECHNYA
, usually written with the definite article as الشيشان (al-Shishan)
SHQIPËRIA (Country) Albanian
Taken from the country on the Adriatic (like ALBANIA
). Shqipëria means land of the Eagle in Albanian.
SHULON (Region) Mormon
A land mentioned in the Book of Moses.
SHYMKENT (Settlement) Kazakh, English, Russian, Bashkir, Belarusian, Chechen, Indonesian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
From Kazakh шым (shym)
meaning "sod, turf, meadow" and кент (kent)
meaning "town". This is the name of a city in Kazakhstan.
SIAM (Country) English
Changed its name to Thailand in 1939.
SIBERIA (Region) Albanian, Basque, English, Italian, Romanian, Spanish
Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests its derivation from Siberian Tatar Sib Ir
meaning "sleeping land", while another suggests an origin from the ethonym Sirtya, Syopyr
, an ethnic group which spoke a language that evolved into the Ugric languages... [more]
SICILY (Political Subdivision & Island) English
This is the name of one of the islands of Italy. It is also the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
SIERRA LEONE (Country) English
The name of the Country in West Africa. Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for the white-sand beaches lining the Freetown Peninsula. The capital city, Freetown, commemorates the nation’s slave-trade history with the Cotton Tree landmark and King’s Yard Gate... [more]
SIKKIM (Country) English
Now part of far northern India, Sikkim was an independent monarchy from the 17th century until 1975.
SILOAM (Body of Water) Biblical
Hellenized form of Hebrew שִׁלֻּחָה (Shiloach)
, derived from שילח (shileach)
"to send out" and interpreted as meaning "a sending out, gushing forth (of water)". According to the Gospel of John in the New Testament, the Pool of Siloam was a spring in the southeast corner of Jerusalem where Jesus sent the "man born blind" to wash and receive sight... [more]
SINAI (Region & Mountain) Biblical, Hebrew, Albanian, Danish, English, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Swedish
Biblical place name, both the mountain upon which Moses
receives the Ten Commandments from God and the desert where it is located, found between Canaan and Egypt.... [more]
SINGAPUR (Country) Adyghe, Armenian, Bashkir, Basque, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Estonian, Gagauz, German, Ingush, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Mongolian, Ossetian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Tajik, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek, Yakut
Form of SINGAPORE
SINGAPURA (Country) Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Kannada, Portuguese (European), Sundanese
Form of SINGAPORE
SKÅNE (Political Subdivision) Swedish
Province and county in southern Sweden that was a part of Denmark until 1658. The name is likely derived from Old Norse Skáney
(ultimately derived from the Germanic root *Skaðin-awjō
) meaning "danger" or "damage"... [more]
SKELLEFTEÅ (Settlement) Swedish
Swedish city located in VÄSTERBOTTEN
. The first element of the name is of unknown meaning, but is believed to be of Sami origin. The second element is -eå
SKIPTON (Settlement) English
A town in North Yorkshire, England meaning "sheep town".
SMARA (Settlement) English
Meaning unknown. Smara is a Moroccan-controlled city in the disputed Western SAHARA
ŚNIEŻKA (Mountain) Polish
Name of a mountain on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland, the most prominent point of the Silesian Ridge in the Krkonoše mountains.
SNIR (River) Biblical Hebrew
It's a river in the Bible, near the Hermon Mount. Sometimes the Hermon itself is called "Snir".
SNOWDON (Mountain) English
Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa, pronounced ər ˈwɪðva) is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles south of the Scottish Highlands.e
SÖDERMANLAND (Political Subdivision) Swedish
Södermanland is a Swedish county and province meaning "land of the southern people". The southern people referred to people living south of MÄLAREN
SODOR (Other) Popular Culture
This is the name of a fictional island where all the engines live in the TV-series 'Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends'.
SOFIA (Settlement) Bulgarian, English
Capital of Bulgaria named after the Saint Sofia Church located in the city. The name was first used by Bulgarian tsar Ivan Shishman in the 14th century.
SOLZHA-GHALA (Settlement) Chechen
Means "city (on the) Sunzha River" from Chechen Соьлжа (Solzha)
referring to the Sunzha River and гӏала (ghala)
meaning "town". This is the Chechen name for Grozny
SOMKHETI (Country) Georgian
From Georgian სომეხი (somekhi)
referring to the Armenian people and the suffix -ეთი (-eti)
used to indicate location. This is the Georgian name for Armenia
SOQUEL (Settlement) English
Soquel is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States approximately 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco, and forms part of the north coast of Monterey Bay.... [more]
SORTOBE (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English
Meaning unknown. Sortobe is a small settlement located near the border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The population consists mostly of Dungans, an ethnic group from China.
SOUTH 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
SOVIET UNION (Country) Russian, English
The word "Soviet" is derived from a Russian word, совет ("sovet"), meaning "council", "assembly", "advice", "harmony" and "concord". This was the name of a federal socialist and communist country that existed from 1922 to 1991, at which time it split into 15 countries - RUSSIA
, GEORGIA (1)
SPALDING (Settlement) English
This is the name of several places in England, USA, Canada and Australia, including one located in the eastern English county of Lincolnshire.... [more]