African Submitted Place Names

African names are used in various places on the continent of Africa. See also about African names.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Nyanza (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Rwandan
Diminutive of Nyabisindu.
Nyl (River) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Nile.
Nyungwe (Region & Mountain) Rwandan
Oedmoertië (Political Subdivision) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Udmurtia.
Oefa (Settlement & River) Afrikaans, Dutch
Afrikaans and Dutch form of Ufa.
Oekraïne (Country) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Ukraine.
Oeral (Region, River & Mountain) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Ural.
Oman (Country) Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uyghur
From Arabic عمان‎ (ʿUmān), which is of disputed etymology. It may be from Arabic عُمَانَة (ʿumāna), a byname for the historical city of Sohar (presently located in Al Batinah North Governorate, Oman), which is probably derived from the root ع م ن‎ (ʿ-m-n) meaning "to settle, to remain, to dwell"... [more]
Oostenryk (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Austria.
Oseanië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Oceania.
Osj (Settlement) Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish
Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish form of Osh.
Ouagadougou (Settlement) English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Luxembourgish, Mossi, Norwegian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Welsh
From Mossi Wogodogo, meaning "where honor and respect are received". This is the name of the capital city of Burkina Faso
Paaseiland (Political Subdivision & Island) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Easter Island.
Panama (Country) Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Korean, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek
From Spanish Panamá of uncertain meaning. It may be derived from the name of a tree commonly found in the area (genus Sterculia), from an indigenous word meaning "many butterflies", from Kuna bannaba meaning "distant, far away", or from a Guaraní word meaning "place of many fish"... [more]
Pannonië (Political Subdivision & Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Pannonia.
Papoea-Nieu-Guinee (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Papua New Guinea.
Parys (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Paris.
Pennsilvanië (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Pennsylvania.
Piëmont (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Piedmont.
Pikardië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Picardy.
Pireneë (Mountain) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Pyrenees.
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)... [more]
Pole (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Poland.
Polinesië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Polynesia.
Pruise (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Prussia.
Puerto Rico (Political Subdivision) Spanish, Afrikaans, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish
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]
Qargistan (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Kyrgyzstan.
Qudus (Settlement) Crimean Tatar, Eastern African, Somali
Crimean Tatar and Somali form of Quds, referring to Jerusalem.
Rbaṭ (Settlement) Kabyle
Kabyle form of Rabat.
Rhodesië (Country) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Rhodesia.
Ruhango (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Rwandan, Eastern African
Rukungiri (Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Kiga
Meaning unknown.
Rwanda (Country) African
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.
Ryn (River) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Rhine.
Sakse (Political Subdivision & Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Saxony.
Samland (Region) Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian, Swedish
The name used for Sambia in the West and North Germanic languages.
Saoedi-Arabië (Country) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Saudi Arabia.
Sardinië (Political Subdivision & Island) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Sardinia.
Saro (Country) Yoruba
Yoruba form of Sierra Leone
Seoel (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Seoul.
Septimanië (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Septimania.
Seychelle (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Seychelles.
Shangugu (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Rwandan
Former name of Cyangugu.
Shiinaha (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of China.
Siberië (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Siberia.
Silesië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Silesia.
Simbaabwi (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Zimbabwe.
Singabuur (Country, Settlement & Island) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Singapore.
Singapoer (Country, Settlement & Island) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Singapore.
Siprus (Country & Island) Afrikaans, Indonesian
Afrikaans and Indonesian form of Cyprus.
Sisilië (Political Subdivision & Island) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Sicily.
Sjanghai (Settlement) Afrikaans, Dutch
Afrikaans form of Shanghai as well as a Dutch variant.
Skandinawië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Scandinavia.
Soechoemi (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Sukhumi.
Sogdië (Political Subdivision & Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Sogdia.
Sotsji (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Sochi.
Sri Lanka (Country & Island) Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
From Sinhalese ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (ś‍rī laṁkāva) meaning "holy island", derived from Sanskrit श्री (śrī) meaning "holy, sacred" and लङ्का (laṅkā) meaning "island"... [more]
Stiermarke (Political Subdivision & Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Styria.
Straatsburg (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Strasbourg.
Suid-Afrika (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of South Africa.
Suid-Soedan (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of South Sudan.
Suudaan (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Sudan.
Suuriya (Country) Eastern African, Somali
Somali form of Syria.
Swede (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Sweden.
Switserland (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Switzerland.
Tadjikistan (Country) Afrikaans, Breton, Catalan, French, Romanian
Afrikaans, Breton, Catalan, French and Romanian form of Tajikistan.
Tanzanië (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Tanzania.
Tartarye (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Tartary.
Tasjkent (Settlement) Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish
Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish form of Tashkent.
Tasmanië (Political Subdivision & Island) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Tasmania.
Teems (River) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Thames.
Timboektoe (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Timbuktu.
Tingi (Other) Berber
Means “Marsh” in the Standard Moroccan Amazight language.
Tiwa (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Modern Afrikaans form of Tuva.
Tjoemen (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Tyumen.
Toela (Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Tula.
Toewa (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans (Archaic)
Archaic Afrikaans form of Tuva. The modern Afrikaans form is Tiwa.
Togo (Country) Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Means "land where lagoons lie" from Ewe to meaning "water" and go meaning "shore". Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north.
Toskane (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Tuscany.
Transnistrië (Political Subdivision & Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Transnistria.
Transsilvanië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Transylvania.
Transvaal (Region) Afrikaans
Transvaal is a historical geographic term associated with land north of (i.e., beyond) the Vaal River in South Africa. ... [more]
Trasië (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Thrace via its Latin form Thracia.
Triëst (Region & Settlement) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Trieste.
Tripolitanië (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Tripolitania.
Tsavo (Region) African
Tsavo is a region of Kenya located at the crossing of the Uganda Railway over the Tsavo River, close to where it meets the Athi-Galana-Sabaki River.
Tsjeggo-Slowakye (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Czechoslovakia.
Tsjetsjnië (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Chechnya.
Tsjoewasjië (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Chuvashia.
Tunisia (Country) Basque, English, Finnish, Galician, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Romanian, Swahili, Thai
The name of a country in North Africa, named after its capital city Tunis.
Tunisië (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Tunisia.
Turkmenistan (Country) Afrikaans, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Faroese, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Swedish, Filipino, Tagalog, Ukrainian
From Turkmen Türkmenistan, which is from the name of the Turkmen people combined with the Persian suffix ستان (stan) meaning "land of". The ethnic name is believed by some to mean "resembling a Turk" or "co-Turk", from the name of the Turkic peoples combined with the Sogdian suffix -myn or -men... [more]
Turyn (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Turin.
Ufilipino (Country) Swahili
Swahili form of Philippines.
Ulaanbaatar (Settlement) Mongolian, Afrikaans, Dutch, English, Estonian, German, Romanian
Means "red hero" from Mongolian улаан (ulaan) meaning "red" and баатар (baatar) meaning "hero". This is the name of the capital city of Mongolia.
Umbrië (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Umbria.
Vatikaanstad (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Vatican City.
Venesië (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Venice.
Verenigde Koninkryk (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of United Kingdom
Viëtnam (Country) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Vietnam.
Virginië (Political Subdivision) Dutch (Archaic), Afrikaans
Archaic Dutch and modern Afrikaans form of Virginia. The modern Dutch form is written exactly the same as the English form.
Vogese (Mountain) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Vosges.
Walachye (Region) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Wallachia.
Wallis (Country) Dutch (Archaic), German (Archaic), Afrikaans
Archaic Dutch and German form of Wales as well as the modern Afrikaans form of the name.
Wallis en Futuna (Political Subdivision) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Wallis and Futuna.
Wallonië (Region) Dutch, Afrikaans
Dutch and Afrikaans form of Wallonia.
Warskou (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Warsaw.
Wehran (Settlement) Kabyle
Kabyle form of Oran.
Wene (Settlement) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Vienna.
Wes-Virginië (Political Subdivision) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of West Virginia.
Windhoek (Settlement) Afrikaans, Dutch, English
This is the capital and largest city of Namibia. It’s unknown how this place got it’s name, most think it’s from the Afrikaans word wind-hoek, which means ''wind corner''... [more]
Yaoundé (Settlement) English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Welsh, Yoruba
From the outpost of Jaundo, founded between 1887 and 1889 by German explorers Lt. Richard Kund and Hans Tappenbeck and named so after the local Ewondo people, also known as Yaunde. The name could also have been a German rendition of the Ewondo expression mia wondo ("peanut farmers")... [more]
Ysland (Country & Island) Afrikaans
Afrikaans form of Iceland.
Zambië (Country) Dutch (Archaic), Afrikaans
Archaic Dutch form of Zambia as well as the modern Afrikaans form of the name.