French Submitted Place Names

French names are used in France and other French-speaking regions. See also about French names.
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ABONDANCE (Political Subdivision) French
ACADIE (Region) French
French form of Acadia.
ACARNANIE (Region) French
French form of Acarnania.
ACEH (Region) Indonesian, Minangkabau, Malay, English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
Meaning uncertain. A popular backronym states that it is derived from Indonesian Arab, Cina, Eropa, Hindia meaning "Arab, China, Europe, Indies" referring to the groups and regions that have historically influenced the people of Aceh... [more]
ADYGUÉE (Political Subdivision) French
French form of ADYGEA.
ALMATY (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English, Belarusian, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Kazakh алма (alma) meaning "apple". This is the name of the largest city in Kazakhstan.
AMBRACIE (Settlement) French
French form of Ambracia.
ANATOLIE (Region) French
French form of ANATOLIA.
ANCRE (River) French
This is the name of a river in Picardy, France.
ANDELLE (River) French
The name of a river in Normandy, France.
ANJOU (Other) English, French
From the name of the former county/duchy/province centered around the city of Angers in the Loire Valley of western France, which is in the present-day département of Maine-et-Loire. It was the cradle of the House of Plantagenet who ruled England from the twelfth century, of whom the current royal family are descendants... [more]
AQUITAINE (Region) French
French form of AQUITANIA. This is the name of a historical region of France located roughly between the Pyrenees, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Garonne... [more]
ARACHOSIE (Region) French
French form of Arachosia.
ARCADIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of ARCADIA.
ARIE (Region) French
French form of Aria.
ASTANA (Settlement) Kazakh, Russian, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Kyrgyz, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Ukrainian
Means "capital city" in Kazakh, ultimately from Persian آستانه (âstâne). This was the name of the capital city of Kazakhstan, which is now called Nur-Sultan.
AZERBAÏDJAN (Country) French
French form of AZERBAIJAN.
BACHKIRIE (Political Subdivision) French
French form of BASHKIRIA (see BASHKORTOSTAN).
BALI (Island & Political Subdivision) Indonesian, Balinese, Acehnese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu
From Sanskrit बलि (bali) meaning "offering, tribute". This is the name of an island province in Indonesia.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Settlement) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
From Malay bandar meaning "town", seri meaning "radiance, splendour, glory", and begawan meaning "holy". The name comes from Malay Seri Begawan, a title used by Bruneian Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III (1914-1986), ultimately derived from Sanskrit श्री भगवान् (śrī bhagvān) meaning "radiance of the gods"... [more]
BANGLADESH (Country) English, Breton, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Interlingua, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
Means "land of the Bengalis", from Bengali বাংলা (Bangla) meaning "Bengali" (referring to the Bengali people or Bengali language spoken by the Bengali people), which is ultimately from Vanga, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent (see BENGAL) combined with দেশ (desh) "country, land, state", ultimately from Sanskrit देश (deśá)... [more]
BASTILLE (Other) French
This is the name of a fortress, formally known as Bastille Saint-Antoine, which played an important role in France's internal conflicts.... [more]
BÉOTIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of Boeotia.
BISALTIE (Region) French
French form of Bisaltia.
BLEAZ (Settlement) Breton
BOUVILLE (Settlement) French
BRUGES (Settlement) French, English, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Romanian
French form of Brugge, which some countries (mostly Romance ones) have adopted as their name for the Belgian city.
BRUNÉI (Country) French
Variant of BRUNEI.
BRUNEI (Country) Malay, English, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Probably derived from Borneo, the name of an island, which in turn is most likely from Sanskrit वरुण (váruṇa) meaning "ocean, water". A local legend suggests that the name may be derived from the phrase baru nah meaning "there!" or "that's it!", which was supposedly declared by Muhammad Shah, Brunei's first sultan... [more]
BRUNEÏ (Country) French
Variant of BRUNEI.
BRUXELLES (Settlement) French, Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Italian, Romanian
French form of Brussels, which some countries have adopted as their name for the Belgian city.
BURKINA FASO (Country) English, Croatian, French
Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. ... [more]
BURUNDI (Country) Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Bosnian, Breton, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Luxembourgish, Macedonian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian
The name of the Country in East Africa. Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
CALÉDONIE (Region) French
French form of Caledonia.
CARANTANIE (Country) French
French form of Carantania.
CARNIE (Region) French
French form of Carnia.
CAUCASE (Region) French
French form of CAUCASUS.
CEBU (Political Subdivision, Settlement & Island) English, Tagalog, Ilocano, Pampangan, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
From Old Cebuano sibu or sibo meaning "trade", itself a shortened form of sinibuayng hingpit meaning "place for trading". This is the name of an island, province, and city (Cebu City) in the Philippines.
CHAMPAGNE (Region) French
French region famous for its luxury sparkling wine.... [more]
CHANTILLY (Settlement) French
From the name of a town in France near Paris, ultimately derived from the Gallo-Roman name Cantilius. The city gave its name to a type of delicate lace originally made there.
CHAONIE (Region) French
French form of Chaonia.
CHARDONNAY (Settlement) French
The name of a famous village for the white wine produced here. Means "a place of thistles" from the latin cardonnacum.
COLMAR (Settlement) French
Alsatian City of Colmar.
CORINTHE (Settlement) French
French form of Corinthus (see Corinth).
CORINTHIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of Corinthia.
DARDANIE (Region & Settlement) French
French form of Dardania.
ÉTRURIE (Region) French
French form of Etruria.
EUPHRATE (River) French
French form of EUPHRATES.
EUROPE (Region) English, French
Meaning uncertain. It could be derived from Greek εὐρύς (eurus) meaning "wide" or "broad" and ὤψ, ὠπ-, ὀπτ-(ōps, ōp-, opt-) meaning "eye", "face", or "countenance". It could also be from Akkadian erebu meaning "to go down" or "set"... [more]
GALILÉE (Region) French
French form of GALILEE.
GÉDROSIE (Region) French
French form of Gedrosia.
GENÈVE (Settlement) French
French form of GENEVA.
GRAN CANARIA (Island) Spanish, English, Esperanto, Dutch, Welsh, Breton, Asturian, Aragonese, German, Estonian, Faroese, Galician, Croatian, Italian, Hungarian, Norwegian, Serbo-Croatian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Icelandic, Czech, Polish, Romanian, Scots, Slovene
From Spanish gran "grande, great" and Canaria referring to the CANARY ISLANDS. Gran Canaria is the third largest and second most populous island of the Canary Islands.
GROENLAND (Political Subdivision) Dutch, French, Afrikaans
Dutch, French and Afrikaans form of GREENLAND.
GROZNY (Settlement) Russian, English, Dutch, French
Means "formidable, menacing, fearsome" in Russian. This is the name of the capital city of Chechnya, a republic in southern Russia.
HAÏTI (Country & Island) French, Dutch, Afrikaans
French, Dutch and Afrikaans form of HAITI.
HAWAÏ (Political Subdivision & Island) Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of HAWAII.
HYRCANIE (Region) French
French form of Hyrcania.
INDONÉSIE (Country) French, Czech
French and Czech form of INDONESIA.
INDONEZIA (Country) Albanian, Armenian, Breton, Georgian, Romanian
Albanian, Armenian, Breton, Georgian, and Romanian form of INDONESIA.
INGOUCHIE (Political Subdivision) French
French form of INGUSHETIA.
ISÈRE (Other) French
The name of a region as well as a river in France.
ISRAËL (Country) Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of ISRAEL.
ITHAQUE (Island) French, Dutch
French and Dutch form of ITHACA.
JAKARTA (Settlement) Indonesian, English, Acehnese, Balinese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Malay, Romanian, Swedish
From Sanskrit जयकर्त (jayakarta) meaning "that which causes victory", from जय (jayá) "victory, triumph" and कृत (kṛtá) "done, made, accomplished". This is the name of the capital city of Indonesia.
JAVA (Island) English, Armenian, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, Georgian, German, Hindi, Macedonian, Norwegian, Romanian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog
From Indonesian Jawa which is of uncertain origin and meaning. It may be from Sanskrit यव-द्वीप (yava-dvīpa) meaning "island of barley", Javanese ꦗꦸꦮꦮꦸꦠ꧀ (juwawut) meaning "foxtail millet (a type of plant)", or Malay jauh meaning "far, distant"... [more]
JOHANNESBURG (Settlement) French (African)
Origin of Johannesburg's name is explained. In reaction to an inquiry, officials in Pretoria replied that Johannesburg was named after Johann Friedrich Bernhard Rissik and Christiaan Johannes Joubert - the only document dealing directly with the origin of the city's name.
JOHOR (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
From Arabic جَوْهَر (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone", ultimately from Persian جوهر (jowhar). This is the name of a state in southern Malaysia.
JOHOR BAHRU (Settlement) Malay, English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
Means "new gem" from Arabic جَوْهَر‎ (jawhar) meaning "jewel, precious stone, gem" and Malay bahru meaning "new". This is the name of a city in Malaysia.
JUDÉE (Region) French
French form of Iudaea (see Judea).
KALIMANTAN (Island & Region) Indonesian, Malay, Acehnese, Balinese, Banjar, Buginese, Javanese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Means "burning weather (island)" from Sanskrit काल (kālá) meaning "time, season" and क्वथन (kvathana) meaning "boiling, churning". This is the name of the Indonesian portion of the island of Borneo, though it is used to refer to the entire island in Indonesian.
KELANTAN (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from Malay gelam hutam referring to the cajeput tree, kilatan meaning "lightning, flash", or kolam tanah meaning "dirt pool". Alternatively, it may be from கோலம் (kōlam) the Tamil name for rangoli, an art form from the Indian subcontinent... [more]
KUALA LUMPUR (Settlement) Malay, English, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Means "muddy confluence" from Malay kuala meaning "confluence" and lumpur "mud". This is the name of the capital and largest city of Malaysia.
LAÂYOUNE (Settlement) French
French form of LAAYOUNE.
LACONIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of LACONIA.
LETTONIE (Country) French
French form of LATVIA via its New Latin name LETTONIA.
LIBURNIE (Region) French
French form of Liburnia.
LILLE (Settlement) French
Name of a city in France.
LIVONIE (Region) French
French form of LIVONIA.
LUCERNE (Settlement) English, French
LUSITANIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of Lusitania.
MADRID (Settlement) Spanish, Croatian, English, Catalan, Czech, Danish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
Newer form of Magerit. The etymology is uncertain, but it could be derived from Arabic المجريط (al-Magrīt) "source of water". This is the name of the capital of Spain.
MAGUINDANAO (Political Subdivision) Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Pampangan, English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
From Spanish Maguindanao, a corruption of Magindanaw, the endonym of the Maguindanao people. The ethnic name means "people of the flood plains" or "people of the lake" from the word danao meaning "lake"... [more]
MAKHATCHKALA (Settlement) French, Portuguese
French and Portuguese form of MAKHACHKALA.
MALAISIE (Country) French
French form of MALAYSIA.
MALI (Country) English, French, Croatian
Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa.... [more]
MAURITANIE (Country) French
French form of MAURITANIA.
MEIJE (Mountain) French
From Occitan meija meaning "middle, centre, half," taken from its original name l'Agulha de la Meija meaning "the needle of the Meije."... [more]
MESSÉNIE (Political Subdivision & Region) Czech, French
Czech and French form of Messenia.
MINDANAO (Island) Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano, Pampangan, English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian
From Spanish Maguindanao, a corruption of Magindanaw, the endonym of the Maguindanao people. The ethnic name means "people of the flood plains" or "people of the lake" from the word danao meaning "lake"... [more]
MONACO (Country) English, French
This is the name of a sovereign city-state and microstate bordering France on three sides and the Mediterranean Sea on one side.... [more]
NAVARRE (Country) French
From the name of the historic Royaume de Navarre, a kingdom in the West Pyrenees mountains which is divided today between Spain and France. It is either derived from the Basque nabar, meaning "brownish" or "multicolor" (which would be a contrast with the green mountain lands north of the original County of Navarre); or from the Basque naba, "valley" or "plain", and herri, "land" or "people".
NOUAKCHOTT (Settlement) French, English, Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese
From French Nouakchott through Arabic نواكشوط (Nuwākšūṭ), which is ultimately from Tamazight Nawākšūṭ meaning "place of the winds" or inua u-kshut meaning "made of wood, made of sticks"... [more]
ORIVAL (Settlement) French
Derived from Latin aurea vallis meaning "golden vale/valley," the name belonging to three communes (one since defunct), located in the Seine-Maritime & Somme départements of northern France and Charente département of western France.
OSSÉTIE (Region) French
French form of OSSETIA.
PARTHIE (Region) French
French form of Parthia.
PÉLAGONIE (Region) French
French form of Pelagonia.
PÉONIE (Region) French
French form of Paeonia.
PHILIPPINES (Country) English, French
From the Spanish name for the archipelago, Filipinas, which was derived from FELIPE. The name was given in honour of King Phillip II of Spain (1527-1598) by Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, who originally used it to refer to the islands of Leyte and Samar... [more]
RHIN (River) French
French form of Rhine.
ROER (River) Dutch, French, Italian, Luxembourgish
Dutch, French, Italian and Luxembourgish form of Rur.
SAINT GERMAIN (Region) French
Named after the French Saint Germain.
SAMARIE (Region) French
French form of Samaria.
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]
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]
SINAÏ (Region & Mountain) Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of SINAI.
SINGAPOUR (Country) French
French form of SINGAPORE.
SITHONIE (Region) French
French form of Sithonia.
SKOPJE (Settlement) Macedonian, English, French, German
Skopje is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Macedonia. ... [more]
SRI LANKA (Country) English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
From Sinhalese ශ්‍රී ලංකාව (ś‍rī laṁkāva), itself from Sanskrit श्री (śrī) meaning "holy, sacred" and लङ्का (laṅkā) meaning "island"... [more]
SUMATRA (Island) Indonesian, Javanese, Sundanese, Acehnese, English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish
From Sanskrit समुद्र (samudrá) meaning "sea, ocean". This is the name of an island in Indonesia.
SURABAYA (Settlement) Javanese, Indonesian, Acehnese, Balinese, Minangkabau, Sundanese, English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
From Javanese ꦯꦸꦫꦧꦪ (shurabaya), derived from ꦯꦸꦫ (shura) meaning "white shark" and ꦧꦪ (baya) meaning "crocodile". The name comes from 12th-century Javanese monarch Jayabaya, who foresaw a fight between a white shark and crocodile (which might have been referring to a Mongol invasion of Java in the late 13th-century)... [more]
TADJIKISTAN (Country) Afrikaans, French
Afrikaans and French form of TAJIKISTAN.
TALLINN (Settlement) Estonian, English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish
Capital of ESTONIA and previously known as Reval until 1918. The meaning of the name is uncertain, but it is believed to be derived from Estonian Taani-linn(a) meaning "Danish castle" or "Danish town".
TATAOUINE (Settlement) French
Means "water springs" in Berber. The city is sometimes called Foum Tataouine, meaning "mouth of the springs". The name of the desert planet TATOOINE in the Star Wars universe is derived from Tataouine.
TATARSTAN (Political Subdivision) Tatar, Russian, English, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Danish, French, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Serbian, Swedish, Ukrainian
From the ethnic name татар (tatar) combined with the Persian suffix -ستان (-stan) meaning "land of". The ethnic name is of uncertain origin, though it is believed to be derived from tata, an endonym for the Mongols... [more]
TBILISSI (Settlement) French
French form of TBILISI.
TCHÉTCHÉNIE (Political Subdivision) French
French form of CHECHNYA.
TERENGGANU (Political Subdivision) Malay, English, Indonesian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Possibly from Malay terang ganu meaning "bright rainbow" or taring anu meaning "fang of something", supposedly said by a hunter when he found the tooth of an unknown animal. This is the name of a state of Malaysia.
THESPROTIE (Political Subdivision & Region) French
French form of Thesprotia.
TOSCANE (Region) Dutch, French
Dutch and French form of TUSCANY.
TRIPOLITAINE (Region) French
French form of Tripolitania.
TUNISIE (Country) French
French form of TUNISIA.
VENEZUELA (Country) English, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Tatar, Turkish
The name of the Country in South America. Venezuela is a country on the northern coast of South America with diverse natural attractions. Along its Caribbean coast are tropical resort islands including Isla de Margarita and the Los Roques archipelago... [more]
VEVEY (Settlement) French
Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton of Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne.
VIENTIANE (Settlement) French, English, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Swedish, Turkish
From Lao ວຽງຈັນ (wīang chan) meaning "city of sandalwood" or "city of the moon" from ວຽງ (wīang) meaning "city, town" and ຈັນ (chan) meaning "sandalwood" or "moon"... [more]
VILNIUS (Settlement) Lithuanian, Czech, Danish, English, Estonian, Faroese, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Swedish
Capital of LITHUANIA. Named after the Vilnia River whose name is derived from Lithuanian vilnis "wave".
VLADIKAVKAZ (Settlement) Russian, English, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Ukrainian
Means "ruler of the Caucasus" from Russian владеть (vladet) meaning "to own, to possess, to control" and Кавказ (Kavkaz) meaning "Caucasus"... [more]
YPRES (Settlement) French
French form of IEPER, known for the battles that occurred in 1914 and 1915 during the First World War.
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