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SAA (Other) Portuguese, Galician
Habitational name from any of the numerous places named Saa, mainly in northern Portugal and Galicia.
SABAH (Political Subdivision) Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Banjar, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indian, Hindi, Hungarian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Urdu
Of uncertain meaning, possibly from the name of the saba banana (a cultivar originally from the Philippines), which comes from a Visayan word meaning "loud, noisy". Other theories suggest that it is derived from a Brunei Malay word meaning "upstream, northerly", from Malay sabak
referring to a place where palm sugar is extracted, or from Arabic صباح (sabah)
meaning "morning"... [more]
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).
SAHRAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC (Political Subdivision & Region) English
Following the Spanish evacuation, consequence of the Moroccan Green March, Spain, Morocco, and Mauritania signed the Madrid Accords on November 14, 1975, six days before Franco died, leading to both Morocco and Mauritania moving in to annex the territory of Western Sahara... [more]
SAINT-MALO (Settlement) French
An historic French port located in the Ille-et-Vilaine department of Brittany on the English Channel coast, named after Saint MALO
SAINT PETERSBURG (Settlement) English, Malay
English translation of Russian Санкт-Петербург (Sankt-Peterburg)
, which is derived from the German name Sankt Petersburg
meaning "Saint Peter's City", named in honour of Saint Peter
the Apostle as well as Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725)... [more]
SAKHA (Political Subdivision) Yakut, Russian, Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Danish, English, French, Georgian, Hindi, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Portuguese, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu
From the name of the Sakha (Yakut) people, which is derived from Turkic jaka
meaning "collar, edge". This is the name of a Russian federal republic also referred to as Yakutia
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]
SANKT-PETERBURG (Settlement) Russian, Bashkir, Buryat, Chuvash, Indonesian, Ingush, Kalmyk, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Lak, Lezgin, Mongolian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Udmurt, Uzbek, Yakut
Form of SAINT PETERSBURG
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 (Settlement) Japanese, Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
From Ainu サッ・ポロ・ペッ (sat poro pet)
meaning "dry, great river", referring to the Toyohira
River. This is the name of a city in northern Japan that serves as the capital of the Hokkaido Prefecture.
SARAJEVO (Settlement) Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Malay, Maltese, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
From Turkish saray
meaning "palace, mansion, house" and ova
meaning "plain, lowland" or the Slavic suffix -evo
used to indicate place names. This is the name of the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAVAK (Political Subdivision) Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Indian, Hindi, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Turkish, Ukrainian
Form of SARAWAK
SARAWAK (Political Subdivision) Malay, Indonesian, Acehnese, Banjar, Javanese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Urdu
Probably from Sarawak Malay serawak
meaning "antimony". This is the name of a state in eastern Malaysia.
SARAYBOSNA (Settlement) Turkish
From Turkish saray
meaning "place, mansion, house" and Bosna
meaning "Bosnia". This is the Turkish name for Sarajevo
SARK (Island) English, Ancient Semitic, Medieval Scandinavian
One of the Channel Islands in ENGLAND
. Could be derived from the Proto-Semetic 'śrq', meaning "redden", "rise", or "east", as Sark is the easternmost island. Alternatively, it come from Old Norse 'serkr', meaning "shirt".
SATUN (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Thai, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Lao, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tajik, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu
Derived from Malay sentul
meaning "santol" (a type of tropical fruit). This is the name of a province and city in southern Thailand.
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.
SEBU (Political Subdivision, Settlement & Island) Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Serbian, Russian, Tatar, Thai, Ukrainian
Form of CEBU
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.
SELANGOR (Political Subdivision) Malay, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from Malay langau
meaning "horsefly", from the name Salang Ur
meaning "Salang village" (from the name of the Salang people and Tamil ஊர் (ūr)
meaning "village, town"), or from Malay salang
possibly meaning "stabbing" combined with jemur
meaning "to burn, to dry (in the sun)"... [more]
SEMARANG (Settlement) Indonesian, Javanese, Acehnese, Balinese, Malay, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Afrikaans, Albanian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
From Indonesian asam
meaning "tamarind" and jarang
meaning "rare, seldom", a reference to the tamarind trees in the area that rarely grew close together. This is the name of a city in Indonesia that serves as the capital of Central Java province.
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.
SERBESTAN (Country) Persian
From Persian صرب (serb)
meaning "Serb, Serbian" combined with the suffix ستان (stan)
meaning "land of". This is the Persian name for Serbia
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]
SEYCHELLES (Country) French, English, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Maltese, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog
From the name of Jean Moreau de Séchelles (1690-1761), a French politician who served as Minister of Finance during the reign of King Louis XV. This is the name of an East African island country in the Indian Ocean.
SHANGHAI (Settlement) Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Swedish, Filipino, Tagalog
From Chinese 上 (shàng)
meaning "above, top, upper" and 海 (hǎi)
meaning "sea, ocean"... [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.
SHENZHEN (Settlement) Chinese, Afrikaans, Armenian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
From Chinese 深 (shēn)
meaning "deep" and 圳 (zhèn)
meaning "furrow, drainage, ditch". This is the name of a city in China.
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
, the ethnic name of the Albanian people, which is of uncertain origin. It may be a calque of Proto-Slavic slověne
meaning "Slavs" (through Albanian shqipoj
meaning "to speak clearly") or from Albanian shkabë
meaning "eagle"... [more]
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) Afrikaans, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kyrgyz, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uzbek
From Portuguese Sciam
, which was derived from Thai สยาม (sayam)
of debated origin. The name may have come from Pali suvaṇṇabhūmi
meaning "land of gold", Sanskrit श्याम (shyama)
meaning "dark, black, blue" or Mon ရာမည (ramanya)
meaning "stranger"... [more]
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]
SICHUAN (Political Subdivision) Chinese, Afrikaans, Armenian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Indian, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Urdu, Uzbek
Means "four rivers" in Chinese, from 四 (sì)
meaning "four" and 川 (chuān)
meaning "river, stream". This is the name of a Chinese province.