Submitted Place Names Starting with U
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UDMURTIA (Political Subdivision) English
From the name Udmurt
, denoting the native ethnic group that originally inhabited the area. The word Udmurt
is most likely derived from *odo-mort
meaning "meadow people"; a combination of Permic *od(o)
"meadow, glade, turf, greenery" and murt
meaning "man--ultimately deriving from Scythian *mertä, *martiya
meaning "person, man"... [more]
UFA (Settlement) Russian, English
Meaning unknown. It could possibly be derived from Turkic ufak
meaning "small", uba
meaning "hill" (possibly a reference to a hill it sits atop of), up
meaning "water" in Persian, or from the name of Bashkir tribe, upai
UKRAINE (Country) English
The meaning of the name is not fully certain, but different sources claim that it means "borderland", "homeland", "region", or "country". Before becoming an independent country, it was referred to as "the Ukraine", but the formal name for the nation is now "Ukraine".
ULAANBAATAR (Settlement) Mongolian, English
Derived from Mongolian улаан (ulaan)
meaning "red" and баатар (baatar)
meaning "hero"; literally means "red hero". Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia's capital and largest city.
ULAN-UDE (Settlement) Russian, English
Means "red Uda" in Buryat, referring to communism (red) and the Uda River. It was formerly called Udinskoye, Udinsk, and Verkhneudinsk. Ulan-Ude is a city in Russia and the capital of the Russian federal subject of Buryatia.
UMEÅ (Settlement) Swedish
Possibly derived from Old Norse úma
"roaring" and the place name element -eå
"river". Another theory is that the name is derived from Finnish uoma
"riverbed". Umeå is the largest city in Norrland
and the 12th largest city in Sweden... [more]
UNITED STATES (Country) English
The name of a country in North America
. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean... [more]
UPPLAND (Region) Swedish
Uppland is a Swedish historical province. The name is a combination of Swedish upp
"up" and land
"land". The name is believed to refer to its location north of Lake Mälaren
URUGUAY (Country) English
The name of the Country in South America. Uruguay is a South American country known for its verdant interior and beach-lined coast. The capital, Montevideo, revolves around Plaza Independencia, once home to a Spanish citadel... [more]
ÜRÜMQI (Settlement) Uyghur
Derived from the Oriat word for "beautiful pasture". Ürümqi is the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China.
UTAH (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Spanish yuta
, name of the indigenous Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin perhaps from Western Apache (Athabaskan) yudah
"high" (in reference to living in the mountains).
UTSUNOMIYA (Settlement) Japanese
This is the name of a city which is the capital and most populous city of Tochigi Prefecture, located in central Japan. The kanji used are 宇 (u) meaning "eaves, heaven, house, roof", 都 (tsu, to, miyako) meaning "capital, metropolis" and 宮 (kyuu, ku, kuu, guu, miya) meaning "constellations, palace, princess, Shinto shrine."... [more]