Mexican Submitted Place Names

Mexican names are used in the country of Mexico in southern North America.
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Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Oviedo (Settlement) Spanish, Asturian
One of the best-known theories suggests that the term Oviedo comes from the union of urbs and vetus, which in Latin means "old city." Other theories relate it to "ovem" (sheep), and possibly meaning "place full of sheep"
Páez (Other, Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Spanish (Latin American), Paezean
The name of places in Venezuala and Colombia.... [more]
Palaos (Country) French, Spanish
French and Spanish form of Palau.
Palermo (Settlement) Italian, English, Dutch, Esperanto, Georgian, German, Greek, Maltese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
From Latin Panormus, itself from Ancient Greek Πάνορμος (Pánormos), composed of the words πᾰν (pan, "all") and ὅρμος (hórmos, "port"), influenced by Arabic بَلَرْم‎ (balarm)... [more]
Panera (Other) Spanish
Parma (Settlement) Italian, English, Ancient Roman, Catalan, German, Maltese, Spanish, Russian
From Latin Parma, itself from Etruscan parme, of uncertain meaning. This is the name of a city in northern Italy.
Penang (Political Subdivision & Island) Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Turkish
From Malay Pulau Pinang meaning "betel palm island", from pinang meaning "betel nut" or "betel palm" (a type of tree). This is the name of an island and state in Malaysia.
Peñarroya (Settlement, Mountain & Other) Spanish
Means "red rock," from peña meaning "rock, stone, cliff" combined with roya meaning "red" (usual word is rojo/roja).... [more]
Peonia (Region) Italian, Romanian, Spanish
Italian, Romanian and Spanish form of Paeonia.
Perrebia (Region) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Perrhaebia.
Perugia (Settlement) Italian, English, Dutch, German, Spanish
From Latin Perusia, itself from Etruscan Perusna, of uncertain meaning. This is the name of the capital city of Umbria, in central Italy.
Pionyang (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Pyongyang.
Pirineos (Mountain) Spanish
Spanish form of Pyrenees.
Pisa (Political Subdivision & Settlement) English, Catalan, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
From Latin Pisae, itself from Etruscan, of unknown meaning. This is the name of a city and province in Tuscany, Italy, known for its Leaning Tower.
Polinesia (Region) Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Spanish
Indonesian, Italian, Malay, and Spanish form of Polynesia.
Prato (Settlement) Italian, English, French, Esperanto, German, Spanish, Dutch
Italian for "meadow". This is the name of a city in northern Italy, which was probably chosen because the city was founded on a meadow.
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]
Quito (Settlement) English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish
From the Quitu tribe, whose name is derived from the combination of the Tsafiki words quitso ("center") and to ("world"). This is the name of the capital city of Ecuador.
Rabat (Settlement) English, French, Spanish
From Arabic الرباط (ar-Ribat) meaning "the ribat", referring to a type of fortification used during the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb. It is also used as a shortened form of the city's Arabic nickname, رباط الفتح (ribatu l-fath), which means "fortification of conquest, fortification of victory"... [more]
Ramala (Settlement) Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish
Form of Ramallah used in multiple languages.
Ramala (Settlement) Belarusian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Georgian, Greek, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish
Form of Ramallah used in multiple languages.
Ramallah (Settlement) English, Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
From Arabic رام الله (Ram Allah) meaning "hill of God" or "height of God", derived from Aramaic רמא (rama) meaning "hill, height" and Arabic الله (Allah). This is the name of the de facto capital city of Palestine.
Rangún (Settlement) Czech, Slovak, Spanish
Czech, Slovak, and Spanish form of Yangon.
Reggio Emilia (Settlement) Italian, English, Dutch, German, Spanish
From Latin Regium, abbreviation of Regium Lepidi, named after Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, who oversaw the construction of the Via Aemilia. This is the name of a city in northern Italy.... [more]
Reikiavik (Settlement) Greek, Spanish
Greek and Spanish form of Reykjavík.
República Dominicana (Country) Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese
Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese form of Dominican Republic.
Reynosa (Settlement) Spanish
Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is also the municipal seat of Reynosa Municipality.
Riad (Settlement) Basque, Catalan, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Portuguese, Slovene, Spanish
Form of Riyadh used in several languages.
Rimac (River) Spanish (Latin American)
Rimac River, Rimac derives from quechua "Rimay" which means "to speak", Rimac River is called "the speaking river", "the river that babbles/chatters/speaks a lot", in some sense "the roaring river" or "the noisy river".
Rin (River) Catalan, Romanian, Spanish
Catalan, Romanian and Spanish form of Rhine.
Río de Janeiro (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Rio de Janeiro.
Rodesia (Country) Greek, Spanish, Italian
Greek and Spanish form of Rhodesia as well as an Italian alternative name for the former country.
Roncesvalles (Settlement) Spanish
Town in Navarra (Spain) where in 778 Charlemagne lost a fsmous battle against Arabs
Roraima (Political Subdivision, Region & Mountain) Portuguese, Spanish, English
Of Peron origin, meaning either "parrot mountain" or "green peak," referring to Mount Roraima, located on the border between Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela. Since 1962, the name has also been used on a federal territory in north-western Brazil, which became a state in 1988.
Sahara (Region) English, French, Italian, Spanish
Derived from Arabic صحارى‎ (sahara) meaning "deserts", the plural of صحراء (sahra') meaning "desert". This is the name of a desert in Northern Africa.
Salónica (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Thessaloniki.
Samarcanda (Settlement) Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Catalan, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Samarkand.
Saná (Settlement) Czech, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish
Czech, Portuguese, Slovak and Spanish form of Sanaa.
San Francisco (Settlement) Spanish, English
The name of several places in the Spanish-speaking world, in honour of Saint Francis. One noteworthy place is the city of San Francisco in the US state of California.
San Gabriel (Settlement) Spanish, English
The name of several places in the Spanish-speaking world, in honour of Saint Gabriel, including one city in the US state of California.
San José (Settlement) Spanish
The name of numerous places in the Spanish-speaking world, in honour of Saint Joseph.
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]
San Lorenzo (Settlement) Spanish
This was one of the principal sites of the Olmec peoples when they were making a life for themselves near the Gulf of Mexico.
San Salvador (Settlement) Spanish (Latin American)
Means “holy savior” in Spanish.
Santa Clara (Settlement) English, Spanish
Name of a city in California, named for Saint Claire (Spanish for “Saint Claire”)
Santa Fe (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Spanish
The name of several places in the Spanish-speaking world, derived from Spanish Santa Fe meaning "Holy Faith".
Santa Lucía (Country & Island) Spanish
Spanish form of Saint Lucia.
Seúl (Settlement) Spanish, Icelandic, Asturian, Galician
Spanish, Icelandic, Asturian and Galician form of Seoul.
Sevilla (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish, Aragonese, Asturian, Basque, Bosnian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Spanish form of Seville, as well as the form used in numerous other languages.
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.
Siberia (Region) English, Albanian, Italian, Korean, Romanian, Spanish
From Russian Сибирь (Sibir) of uncertain origin and meaning. This is the name of a region in North Asia.
Siero (Political Subdivision) Asturian, Spanish
Name of a council (municipality) in Asturias. It could have been formed from a name of the person possessing the land at some historical moment, perhaps SIARIUS or SEGARIUS or SIGERIUS... [more]
Sinaí (Region & Mountain) Catalan, Spanish
Catalan and Spanish form of Sinai.
Sinaloa (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Derived from Mayo sinalobola meaning either "round pitaya" or "cut corn". This is the name of a state of Mexico.
Sinkiang (Political Subdivision & Region) Albanian, Finnish, Portuguese, Spanish
Albanian, Finnish, Portuguese, and Spanish form of Xinjiang.
Sofía (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Sofia.
Sonoma (Political Subdivision) Spanish
County and town in the American state of California, the meaning of which is uncertain.
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]
Suazilandia (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Swaziland
Sucre (Settlement) Spanish
This is the constitutional capital city of Bolivia, it was named after Venezuelan revolutionary leader Antonio José de Sucre in 1839.
Sudáfrica (Country) Spanish
Form of South Africa used in Spanish speaking countries.
Sudáfrica (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of South Africa.
Sudetes (Mountain) English, Spanish
A mountain range in Central Europe, which in the Anglosphere is also known under its German name Sudeten.
Sujumi (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Sukhumi.
Taipéi (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Taipei.
Taiwán (Country & Island) Spanish
Spanish form of Taiwan.
Tallin (Settlement) Armenian, Azerbaijani, Hindi, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Mongolian, Russian, Spanish, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek
Form of Tallinn used in multiple languages.
Tamaulipas (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Uncertain, possibly derived from Huastec Tamaholipa perhaps meaning "place of high hills". Alternately it may come from the phrase ta ma ho'lipam meaning "place where the Lipan Apache prey"... [more]
Tánger (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Tangier.
Tayikistán (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Tajikistan.
Tegucigalpa (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Capital of Honduras, possibly from the Nahuatl word Taguz-galpa, which means "hills of silver".
Teherán (Settlement) Czech, Hungarian, Slovak, Spanish
Form of Tehran used in various languages.
Teide (Mountain) Spanish
Meaning uncertain, but possibly derived from a Guanche term referring to a powerful being living inside the volcano. Teide is a volcano on the Spanish island Tenerife... [more]
Tenerife (Island) Spanish, English
Means "snow mountain" or "white mountain" in Guanche, probably referring to the volcano Teide. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, Spain.
Tesprotia (Political Subdivision & Region) Polish, Spanish
Polish and Spanish form of Thesprotia.
Tibás (Political Subdivision) Spanish (Latin American)
Canton of Costa Rica.... [more]
Tíbet (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Tibet.
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.
Tijuana (Settlement) Spanish
Derives from the rancho that Santiago Argüello Moraga established in 1829 on his Mexican land grant, naming it Rancho Tía Juana.... [more]
Timbu (Settlement) Macedonian, Serbian, Spanish
Macedonian, Serbian, and Spanish form of Thimphu.
Timbu (Settlement) Korean, Macedonian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog
Form of Thimphu used in various languages.
Tirana (Settlement) Albanian, English, Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Kyrgyz, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Thai, Turkmen, Uzbek
Perhaps derived from Doric Greek Τυρσανοί (Tursanoi) meaning "Tyrrhenians", which was an exonym for non-Greek inhabitants of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is the name of the capital city of Albania.
Tlaxcala (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish
From Nahuatl Tlaxcallān either derived from tlaxcalli meaning "tortilla" or texcalli meaning "crag" or "oven" combined with the suffix -tlan. This is the name of a state of, as well as a city in, Mexico... [more]
Tlaxcallan (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Indigenous American, Nahuatl
Nahuatl form of Tlaxcala.
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.
Toledo (Settlement) Spanish
Trafalgar (Region, Other & Settlement) Spanish, English
The name of both a small Spanish peninsula and a beloved British city square, which is most likely derived from Taraf al-Ghar (طرف الغار 'cape of the cave/laurel') or Taraf al-Gharb (طرف الغرب 'extremity of the west'), both of which are of Arabic origin.
Transcarpatia (Region) Romanian, Spanish
Romanian and Spanish form of Transcarpathia.
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]
Trípoli (Settlement) Portuguese, Spanish
Portuguese and Spanish form of Tripoli.
Túnez (Country & Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of both Tunisia and Tunis.
Tunicia (Country) Aragonese, Asturian, Spanish
Aragonese and Asturian form of Tunisia as well as a Spanish variant.
Turín (Settlement) Czech, Galician, Slovak, Spanish
Czech, Galician, Slovak and Spanish form of Turin.
Turkmenistán (Country) Czech, Spanish
Czech and Spanish form of Turkmenistan.
Ulán-Udé (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Ulan-Ude.
Uvalde (Settlement) Spanish
named after Juan de Ugalde, governor of Coahuila (a part of Texas).... [more]
Vaduz (Settlement) German, English, Afrikaans, Bosnian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish
Derived from Rhaeto-Romance auadutg meaning "aqueduct", ultimately from Latin aquaeductus. This is the name of the capital city of Liechtenstein.
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]
Valonia (Region) Georgian, Spanish
Georgian and Spanish form of Wallonia.
Varsovia (Settlement) Aragonese, Basque, Breton, Galician, Greek, Spanish, Filipino, Tagalog
New Latin form of Warsaw, which some countries have adopted as their name for the Polish city.
Victorica (Settlement) Spanish (Latin American)
Town in La Pampa Province in Argentina.
Viena (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish, Aragonese, Asturian, Catalan, Cebuano, Basque, Filipino, Galician, Ladin, Lithuanian, Occitan, Lombard, Papiamento, Portuguese, Romanian, Tagalog, Venetian
Form of Vienna in various languages.
Viena (Settlement) Bulgarian, Catalan, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Tagalog
Form of Vienna used in multiple languages.
Vientián (Settlement) Hungarian, Spanish
Hungarian and Spanish form of Vientiane.
Villarreal (Settlement) Spanish
Villarreal is a city in the province of Castelló, in the Valencian Community, Spain.
Villaviciosa (Settlement) Spanish, Filipino
Combination of villa meaning "small town" and viciosa meaning "vigorous; abundant" (usually "vicious, profligate").... [more]
Vilna (Settlement) Finnish, Italian, Slovene, Spanish
Form of Vilnius.
Vizcaya (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Spanish form of Biscay.
Vosgos (Mountain) Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Vosges.
Xeresa (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Xeresa is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain.
Xibalba (Settlement & Other) Mayan, Mayan Mythology
Means “a place of fright“.
Yamena (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of N'djamena.
Yeniséi (River) Spanish
Spanish form of Yenisey.
Yibuti (Country) Spanish
Spanish form of Djibouti
Yuba (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Juba.
Yucatán (Political Subdivision & Region) Spanish
Most likely from Chontal Maya Yokot'an either meaning "I do not understand you" or "hear how they talk!", both phrases supposedly uttered by the Mayans when questioned by Spanish explorers. Alternately it may mean "land of yucas", referring to the edible tuber... [more]
Yuriria (Political Subdivision, Settlement & Body of Water) Mexican
Short form of Purépecha Yuririapundaro meaning "lake of blood" or "place of the bloody lake". This is the name of a lake, town and municipality in central Mexico, located in the 'Bajío', or lowlands, of Guanajuato (state)... [more]
Yúukatan (Political Subdivision & Region) Indigenous American, Mayan
Yucatec Maya form of Yucatán.
Zacatecas (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Derived from Nahuatl zacatēcah meaning "people of the place of grass" or "where grass is abundant", ultimately from zacatl meaning "grass". This is the name of a state of Mexico.
Zagreb (Settlement) Croatian, English, Armenian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tajik, Turkish, Turkmen, Uzbek
Meaning uncertain. It may be derived from the given name Chabrag, a pet form of Cyprian, from Proto-Slavic *grębъ meaning "hill, uplift" or from a Roman place name... [more]
Zamboanga (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Filipino, Chavacano, Cebuano, Tagalog, English, Spanish
Spanish form of Sinama Samboangan meaning "mooring place", derived from samboang meaning "mooring pole" and the place marker suffix -an. This is the name of a peninsula in the Philippines, as well as three provinces and a city located on the peninsula.
Zamora (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Spanish
The name of a Spanish city and municipality, possibly derived from Berber ⴰⵣⵎⵎⵓⵔ (azemmur) meaning "wild olive tree".
Zapopan (Settlement) Spanish (Mexican)
From Nahuatl Tzapopan, from a combination of tzapotl, referring to a sapote tree, and the locative suffix -pan.... [more]
Zaragoza (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of Saragossa.
Zaragoza (Settlement) Spanish, English
From Çaragoça, the medieval form of the Arabic name سرقسطة (Saraqusṭa), from the Roman name Caesaraugusta, which is the combination of two Roman names Caesar and Augusta.