English Submitted Place Names

English names are used in English-speaking countries. See also about English names.
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Thames (River) English
The name of the river in southern England on which London is situated. This is a Brythonic river-name, explained as a derivative of Common Brythonic *temēlos, 'darkness' (compare Old Welsh timuil, 'darkness').
Thebes (Settlement) English
Meaning unknown. This is the name of a city in city in Boeotia, Greece, that played an important role in many Greek myths (as the site of the stories of Cadmus, Oedipus, Dionysus, Heracles and others).
The Hague (Settlement) English
Originally named des Graven Hage, literally meaning "the count's wood" in medieval Dutch. This is the administrative and royal capital city of the Netherlands and the capital city of the South Holland province.
Thessalonika (Settlement) English
Greek city
Thessaloniki (Settlement) English, Greek
The city's name derives from the Greek words Θεσσαλός (Thessalós) referring to the region of Thessaly and νῑ́κη (nī́kē) "victory, success"; literally translating to "Thessalian victory"... [more]
Thetford (Settlement) English
From the Old English þeodo "people" and "ford". The name of a town in Norfolk.
Thimphu (Settlement) Bhutanese, Tibetan, English
From Bhutanese ཐིམ་ (thim) meaning "to sink" and ཕུ་ (phu) meaning "high ground, foothill, upland" or "to fly". This is the name of the capital city of Bhutan.
Thingwall (Settlement) English
A town in England. From the Scandinavian 'Þingvöllr', meaning "the meeting place of the assembly".
Thurso (Settlement) English
Town in Scotland. Meaning "Thor's river".
Tibet (Country) English
A kingdom established in the 7th century, Tibet was invaded by China in 1950 and has since been known as the Xizang Autonomous Region of China.
Tiflis (Settlement) Crimean Tatar, English (Archaic), German, Spanish, Turkish, Turkmen
Crimean Tatar, German, Spanish, Turkish, and Turkmen form of Tbilisi as well as a historical English name for the city.
Timberwolf (Mountain) English
A mountain in Washington State in the United States of America.... [more]
Timor Leste (Country) Portuguese, English
Portuguese form of East Timor as well as an English variant (often spelled Timor-Leste).
Timperley (Settlement) English
Timperley is a suburban village in Altrincham in the borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.... [more]
Tingwall (Other) English
The name of various places in Britain, including a parish, town, and airport. From the Scandinavian 'Þingvöllr', meaning "the meeting place of the assembly".
Tintagel (Settlement) English, Cornish
Tiptree (Settlement) English
Tiptree is a village in the East of England. Tiptree comes from Tipper's Tree.
Tobago (Island) English
The name of the Island in Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago is the smaller of the 2 Caribbean islands comprising the nation of Trinidad and Tobago. It’s known for its wide, sandy beaches and biodiverse tropical rainforest... [more]
Tofino (Settlement) English
Spanish explorer's name.
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.
Tokelau (Country, Political Subdivision & Island) English
A territory of New Zealand.
Topeka (Political Subdivision) English
Name of the capital city in Kansas, meaning "a good place to dig potatoes". From Kansa to "wild potato" + pi "good" + ke "to dig".
Toronto (Settlement) English
The name Toronto is likely derived from the Iroquois word tkaronto, meaning "place where trees stand in the water". This refers to the northern end of what is now Lake Simcoe, where the Huron had planted tree saplings to corral fish... [more]
Transcarpathia (Region) English
Means "beyond the Carpathian Mountains", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with the latinized Greek noun Carpathia meaning "the Carpathian Mountains" as well as the region immediately surrounding them.
Transcaspia (Political Subdivision) English, Italian, Spanish
Means "beyond the Caspian Sea", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with Latin Caspia meaning "Caspian Sea".... [more]
Transcaucasia (Region) English, Italian, Spanish
Means "beyond the Caucasus", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with the latinized Greek noun Caucasia meaning "the Caucasus" (both the mountains and their namesake region)... [more]
Transdanubia (Region) English, Finnish, Norwegian, Romanian, Spanish
Means "beyond the river Danube", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with the Latin noun Danubius meaning "the river Danube".... [more]
Transnistria (Political Subdivision & Region) Basque, English, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian, Spanish
Means "beyond the river Dniester", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with the Romanian noun Nistru meaning "the river Dniester".... [more]
Transoxiana (Region) English
In English and several other languages, this is the name of a historical region in Central Asia, which was known as Hyperoxiane to the ancient Greeks and as Transoxania to the Romans... [more]
Transylvania (Region) English, Greek
Means "beyond the forest", derived from Latin trans meaning "across, beyond" combined with medieval Latin sylvam, which is the accusative singular of the medieval Latin noun sylva meaning "forest, woods" (see Silvius)... [more]
Traverse (Settlement) English
Traverse is a city in Michigan.
Trentino-alto Adige (Political Subdivision) Italian, English, Portuguese
Union of the names Trentino, the Italian-speaking area surrounding Trento, and Alto Adige (known as Südtirol in German), the German-speaking area surrounding Bolzano.... [more]
Trewhitt (Settlement) English
Tribeca (Settlement) English
After the New York neighbourhood, ultimately derived from "TRIangle BElow CAnal street".
Trim (Settlement) English
Tripoli (Settlement) Greek, Italian, English
Derived from Ancient Greek Τρίπολις (Tripolis) meaning "three cities", from τρι (tri) meaning "three" and πόλις (polis) meaning "city"... [more]
Trowbridge (Settlement) English
It could be derived from the Old English treow-brycg which means “tree bridge”... [more]
Tucson (Settlement) English
Of Spanish origin, meaning "black hill."
Tulsa (Settlement) English
From Muscogee Tallasi, meaning "old town". This is the name of a city in the US state of Oklahoma.
Tunis (Country & Settlement) Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the Tamazight root ens meaning "to lie down, to pass the night" or from the name of the Phoenician goddess Tanith... [more]
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.
Turin (Settlement) English, French, German, Piedmontese, Russian
From Latin Augusta Taurinorum, itself from Taurini, the name of a tribe. This is the name of the capital city of Piedmont, in northern Italy.
Turkmenia (Country & Political Subdivision) English (Rare)
Anglicization of Turkmeniya, the Russian name for the country of Turkmenistan. In the Anglophone world, this name was primarily used during the Soviet era... [more]
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]
Tuscany (Region) English
Tuscany is named after the Etruscans who settled central Italy in the 8th century BC.
Tyne (River) English
A river in North-East England. Its meaning is unknown, but some sources relate it to a word in a local Celtic or pre-Celtic language *tei-*, meaning 'river'. However, the evidence for the existence of such a word is insufficient.... [more]
UAE (Country) English
Abbreviation of the United Arab Emirates.
Udmurtia (Political Subdivision) English
From Russian Удмуртия (Udmurtiya), which is derived from the name of the Udmurt people. The ethnic name is from odo-mort meaning "meadow people", from the Permic root od(o) meaning "meadow, glade, turf" and Iranian murt meaning "person, man"... [more]
UK (Country) English
Abbreviation of the United Kingdom.
Ukraine (Country) Danish, English, French, German, Malay
From Ukrainian Україна (Ukrayina) which is from Old East Slavic украина (ukraina) meaning "boundary, borderland, outskirts", derived from оу (u) meaning "at" and краи (krai) meaning "edge, end, rim"... [more]
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.
Ulan Bator (Settlement) Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Serbian, Slovene, Swedish, Tagalog
Form of Ulaanbaatar used in various languages as well as an English variant of the name.
Underwood (Region & Other) English (British)
Underwood is an unincorporated community in Monroe Township, Clark County, Indiana, United States. The community took its name from the local Underwood family.... [more]
United Kingdom (Country) English (British)
A country in Europe. The 1707 Acts of Union declared that the kingdoms of England and Scotland were "United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain". The term "United Kingdom" has occasionally been used as a description for the former kingdom of Great Britain, although its official name from 1707 to 1800 was simply "Great Britain".
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) English
From Uyghur ئۈرۈمچى (ürümchi), which may have been derived from Mongolian ᠦᠯᠡᠮᠵᠢ (ülemji) meaning "great", a short form of the phrase ᠦᠯᠡᠮᠵᠢ ᠶᠢᠨ ᠰᠠᠶ᠋ᠢᠬᠠᠨ ᠪᠡᠯᠴᠢᠭᠡᠷ (ülemji-yin say᠋iqan belchiger) meaning "great pasture" or "beautiful pasture"... [more]
US (Country) English
Abbreviation of the United States.
USA (Country) English
Abbreviation of the United States.
Ussuri (Region, Body of Water & River) Russian, English
Russian and English variant of the Manchu word Usuri.
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).
Vail (Settlement) English
Vail is a home rule municipality in Eagle County, Colorado, United States.
Vallejo (Settlement) Spanish, English
The name of a city in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, which was founded by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (1807-1890), a Californio military leader and landowner... [more]
Valletta (Settlement) Maltese, English
From the name of 16th century French nobleman Jean de Valette. This is the name of the capital city of Malta.
Van (Settlement) English
Derived from the surname Vance. Van is a town Texas, USA.
Vancouver (Settlement & Island) English (Canadian)
City and Island in Canadian province British Columbia, named after the explorer George Vancouver.
Vanuatu (Country) English
An island country in Oceania.
Vatican City (Country) English
Vatican City (/ˈvætɪkən/), officially the Vatican City State (Italian: Stato della Città del Vaticano; Latin: Status Civitatis Vaticanae), is the Holy See's independent city state, an enclave within Rome, Italy... [more]
Vermont (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, literally "green mountain" from French verde "green" + mont "mountain".
Veroia (Settlement) English
Vientiane (Settlement) English, French
French form of Lao ວຽງຈັນ (Wiangchan) meaning "city of sandalwood" or "city of the moon" from Lao ວຽງ (wiang) meaning "city, town" and ຈັນ (chan) meaning "sandalwood" or "moon"... [more]
Vilnius (Settlement) Lithuanian, English
From the name of the Vilnia River, which is derived from Lithuanian vilnis meaning "wave, ripple". This is the name of the capital city of Lithuania.
Virginia (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, "country of the Virgin", after Elizabeth I of England, who was known as the "Virgin Queen" because she never married.
Viroqua (Settlement) English
From the Spanish Veragua. A town in Wisconsin.
Volga (River) English, Russian
English and Russian name for the largest river in Europe. The Old Mari name of the river is Volgydo, which means "bright". The name volgydo is cognate to Finno-Ugric valkea meaning "white" or "bright"... [more]
Wadsley (Other) English
Name of a suburb of the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England.
Wales (Country) English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Filipino, Tagalog
From Old English Wealas, the plural of wealh meaning "foreigner, Celt". This is the name of a country (part of the United Kingdom) in the western part of the island of Great Britain... [more]
Walkden (Settlement) English (British)
The name Walkden or Walkeden derives from the Old English 'denu', a valley, belonging to a man possibly called Wealca.
Walton (Settlement) English
The name of several villages in England, particularly Lancashire. Named from Old English wale, meaning 'Celt, foreigner' (Compare Wales) and tun, meaning 'town, village'.
Waterloo (Settlement) Flemish, English
The name of multiple town and cities throughout the world, most notably the Battle of Waterloo, in 1815, where Napoleon was defeated. From the Flemish and Middle Dutch words 'water' and 'loo' (meaning forest, marsh).
Watford (Settlement) English
Watonga (Settlement) English
Watonga is a city in Blaine County, Oklahoma that is named after Arapaho Chief Watonga whose name means "Black Coyote".
Waverton (Settlement) English
Possibly means "Weaver Town" from Old English waver meaning weaver, and ton meaning town.
Wayland (Settlement) English
A city in Massachusetts.
Wear (River) English
A river in North-East England. It is taken to be of Old Celtic origin and meant 'blood-colored water', referring to the reddish-brown color of the river. In modern Welsh, the name would be waed dwr, 'blood water'... [more]
Weedon (Settlement) English
Modern English form of Weodun
Wellington (Settlement) English
From Old English Weolingtun meaning "wealthy estate". Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is also the name of several settlements throughout the English-speaking world.
Westland (Settlement) English
A city in Michigan.
West Virginia (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, The western, transmontane, counties of Virginia; separated from Virginia during Civil War.
Wetherby (Settlement) English
A town in West Yorkshire. It's name derives from Old Norse veðra, 'ram' (Swedish vadur, Norwegian vær) and byr, 'farm'. See Waterford.
Whitehorse (Settlement) English (Canadian)
Whitehorse is the capital of Yukon in northwest Canada.... [more]
Whiteville (Settlement) English
Meaning "white city," this is a city in North Carolina.
Wichita (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Kansas, named after the Native American tribe Wichita. Possibly from Wichita We-chate hatchee, "Red Water River".
Wigan (Settlement) English
A town in Northern England. Its etymology is uncertain but may represent Brittonic *wig, "a dwelling" (c.f. Welsh gwig), with the nominal suffix -an. Another possibility is that Wigan preserves a personal name corresponding to Gaulish Vicanus, Old Breton Uuicon or Welsh Uuicant.
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]
Windsor (Settlement) English
City in Ontario, Canada, from an English surname that was from a place name meaning "riverbank with a windlass" in Old English (a windlass is a lifting apparatus). This has been the surname of the royal family of the United Kingdom since 1917.
Winnipeg (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Manitoba, Canada Ojibwe wiinibig "dirty waters", from wini "dirty" + nibi "water".
Wisconsin (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from French Ouisconsin, likely from the Miami word Meskonsing "it lies red".
Wisley (Settlement) English
It is a small village in Surrey, England.
Woodland (Settlement) English
Woodland means "land of wood", and it is a city in California.
Woodstock (Settlement) English
Name of many towns and cities throughout the world. Means "wood place".
Worcestershire (Political Subdivision) English (British)
Worcestershire is a county in the West Midlands of England.
Worthington (Settlement) English
Place name meaning either "Wurð's settlement" or "enclosed settlement" in Old English.
Wryeton (Settlement) English
Middle English Wry(e) may mean "bent", "twisted" combined with the "ton" ending.
Württemberg (Political Subdivision & Region) German, English
Etymology uncertain. Originally referred to a castle near Stuttgart, and increased its scope as the owners increased their possessions. Scholars have rejected the derivation Wirth am Berg, meaning "innkeeper/host on the hill/mountain"... [more]
Wyoming (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Algonquian chwewamink "at the big river flat," from xw "big" + e:wam "river flat" + enk "place".
Yakutia (Political Subdivision) English
From Russian Якутия (Yakutiya), which is from the name of the Yakut people. The ethnic name ultimately comes from Yаkо, the Evenki name for the Yakuts, which was eventually transferred to Russian... [more]
Yamoussoukro (Political Subdivision & Settlement) English, French, Danish, Portuguese
In honor of Yamousso, a Baoulé queen and great-aunt of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny (1905–1993), with the addition of the suffix kro ("village"). This is the name of the de iure capital city of Côte D'ivoire, as well as the name of the district around it.
Yangon (Settlement) Burmese, English
Means "end of strife" in Burmese, from ရန် (yan) meaning "enemy, danger" or "quarrel" combined with ကုန် (gon) meaning "to run out, end". This is the name of the largest city in Myanmar, which served as the country's capital until 2006... [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]
Yellowknife (Settlement) English (Canadian)
Yellowknife is the name of the capital and only city of Northwest Territories in Canada.... [more]
Yemen (Country) Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, English, Italian, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish
From Arabic اليمن (al-Yaman), itself probably from يمين (yamin) meaning "right (hand), south". This is the name of a country in Western Asia.
Yenisey (River) Russian, English, Turkish, Azerbaijani
The name of a river in northern Mongolian and the Siberian federal district of Russia. It may be derived from either Evenki Ионэсси (Ionəssi) meaning "big water" or Old Kyrgyz Эне-Сай (Ene-Sai) meaning "mother river."
Yeovil (Settlement) English (British)
Derived from the Celtic river name, 'gifl' meaning forked river - which was an earlier name for the River Yeo, which runs through Yeovil.
Yerevan (Settlement) Armenian, English, Russian
Meaning unknown. It may be from Yervand, the name of a 3rd-century BC Armenian king (also known as Orontes IV), or from Էրեբունի (Erebuni), an ancient Urartian fortification and city... [more]
Yonkers (Settlement) English
Name of the 4th most populous city in New York state, a variant of Dutch Jonkers, jonker, "young gentleman", derived from Dutch jong "young".
Yorkshire (Region) English
Newer form of Old English Eoferwicscir, a combination of Eoferwic "York" and scīr "shire, district".
Yosemite (Other) English (American), Indigenous American (Anglicized, Rare)
A national park and a valley located in Mariposa County, California, the name is derived from the Southern Sierra Miwok joh-heˀ-HmetiH-, meaning "warriors, killers, those not afraid to die"... [more]
Yugoslavia (Country) English
From Serbo-Croatian Jugoslavija meaning "land of the South Slavs", derived from jug meaning "south" and slavija meaning "land of Slavs". This was the name of a European country that existed from 1918 to 1941 (as the Kingdom of Yugoslavia), from 1943 to 1945 (as the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia), from 1945 to 1992, and from 1992-2003 (as the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia).
Yukon (Region) English
Zaandam (Settlement) Dutch, English
This is a town in the North Holland province in the Netherlands. The name derives from the dam that was constructed on the Zaan River.
Zadar (Settlement) Croatian, English
Zadar is the oldest continuously inhabited Croatian city.... [more]
Zealand (Island) English
English form of Danish Sjælland. Zealand is the largest island in Denmark (excluding Greenland).
Zzyzx (Settlement) English
When it was invented to be the last word listed in a dictionary, an area in California was named Zzyzx.