Spanish Submitted Place Names

Spanish names are used in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries (such as those in South America). See also about Spanish names.
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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]
ALMERÍA (Settlement) Spanish
From the name of the Spanish city. Means 'the mirror of the sea.'
ALSACIA (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Alsace (a region of France).
ANDALUCÍA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Spanish form of Andalusia.
AQUITANIA (Region) Spanish
Aquitania was a region of Gaul inhabited by the Aquitani, a people living in Gallo-Roman times in what is now Aquitaine, France.
ARACOSIA (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Arachosia.
AREQUIPA (Political Subdivision) Spanish (Latin American)
Legend says it comes from Ari-quepay "(let's) stay here" in Quechua.
ARICA (Settlement) Spanish
It is the name of province, and town in Chile. It is also the name of a town in Colombia.
ARMÈNIA (Country) Catalan, Acehnese
Catalan and Acehnese form of ARMENIA.
ASUNCIÓN (Settlement) Spanish
Means "assumption" in Spanish, as in “assumption of Mary to heaven". This is the capital of PARAGUAY. Originally called Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción (meaning "Our Lady Saint Mary of the Assumption") by its founder, it was later shortened to Asunción.
AZERBAIJAN (Country & Region) English, Basque, Indonesian, Malay
From Persian آذربایجان (âzarbâyjân), which is from Middle Persian Ādurbādagān referring to ATROPATES, an ancient Persian governor under the Achaemenid Empire... [more]
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]
BARCELONA (Settlement) Catalan, Spanish, English
Barcelona is a city in Spain. It is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain.
BASTILLA (Other) Spanish
Spanish form of BASTILLE.
BELGRADO (Settlement) Afrikaans, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Afrikaans, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of BELGRADE.
BEOCIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Boeotia.
BETLEM (Settlement) Catalan
Catalan form of BETHLEHEM.
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]
BUENOS AIRES (Settlement) Spanish
Ultimately derived from Aragonese buen ayre “good air”. It is the capital city of ARGENTINA. The explorer who founded the city originally called it Ciudad de la Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Nuestra Señora la Virgen María de los Buenos Aires meaning "City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Saint Mary of the Good Airs" which was later shortened to just Buenos Aires.
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.
CALETA (Settlement) Spanish
City name meaning ''little bay, inlet, or cove''. Most often La Caleta.
CALIFORNIA (Political Subdivision) Spanish, English
Name of a state in the United States, and two states in Mexico. California was once believed to be an island, and was named after the fictional island, California, in Garci Ordóñez de Montalvo's novel 'Las Sergas de Esplandián'... [more]
CANAÁN (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Canaan.
CANTABRIA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
CAONIA (Region) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Chaonia.
CARTAGO (Settlement) Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese form of Carthage.
CASABLANCA (Settlement) English, Spanish
Means "white house", from Portuguese casa meaning "house" and branca meaning "white". The present-day spelling follows the Spanish form (casa "house"; blanca "white"), however, because of the Portuguese Kingdom joining the Spanish Kingdom... [more]
CAUCAS (Region & Mountain) Catalan
Catalan form of CAUCASUS.
CÁUCASO (Region & Mountain) Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of CAUCASUS.
CHECHENIA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Spanish form of CHECHNYA.
CHIQUINQUIRA (Settlement) Spanish
the name of a town in venezuela
CIDONIA (Settlement) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Cydonia.
CORINT (Settlement) Catalan, Romanian
Catalan and Romanian form of Corinthus (see Corinth).
CORINTIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Romanian, Spanish
Romanian and Spanish form of Corinthia.
CORINTO (Settlement) Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Corinthus (see Corinth).
COSTARICA (Country) Spanish
The name of the Country in Central America. Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested Central American country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity... [more]
CUZCO (Political Subdivision & Settlement) Incan (Spanish), Quechua (Spanish), Spanish (Archaic)
Traditional spelling of Cusco, a city in Peru which was the capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco is the Hispanicized form of Quechua Qusqu meaning "rock, boundary stone; heap of earth and stones; nucleus; navel; bed, dry bed of a lake".
EL AAIÚN (Settlement) Spanish, English
Spanish form of LAAYOUNE as well as an English variant.
EL SALVADOR (Country) Spanish
El Salvador is a small Central American nation. It's known for its Pacific Ocean beaches, surf spots and mountainous landscape. Its Ruta de Las Flores is a winding route past coffee farms, rainforests with waterfalls and towns like Juayúa, with its weekend food festival, plus Ataco, home to vivid murals... [more]
ESKOZIA (Country) Basque
Basque form of SCOTLAND via its Latin form Scotia.
EUFRATES (River) Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese
Catalan, Spanish and Portuguese form of EUPHRATES.
FILIPINAS (Country) Spanish, Portuguese, Ilocano, Pampangan
Spanish, Portuguese, Ilocano, and Pampangan form of PHILIPPINES.
FRESNO (Settlement) Spanish (Mexican)
Spanish for "ash tree".
GARAJONAY (Mountain) Spanish
The name of a mountain peak which is the highest point on the Canarian island of La Gomera, located at the center of the island and regarded as a spiritual center of power by the ancient inhabitants... [more]
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.
GUILLENA (Settlement) Aragonese
HABANA (Settlement) Spanish
From the Spanish name of the capital city of Cuba, known in English as Havana, the origin and meaning of which is obscure. Most likely it is based on Habaguanex, the name of a local Taíno (Arawak) chief.
HIRCANIA (Region) Spanish
Spanish form of Hyrcania.
HONDURAS (Country) Spanish
Means "depths" in Spanish.
ISNAYA (Settlement) Spanish
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]
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.
JUMILLA (Settlement) Spanish
Jumilla is a town in southeastern Spain in the province of Murcia. The name comes from the Latin word for “reeds”.
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.
LÉRIDA (Settlement) Spanish
LETÒNIA (Country) Catalan
Catalan form of LATVIA via its New Latin name LETTONIA.
LETONIA (Country) Albanian, Romanian, Spanish
Albanian, Romanian and Spanish form of LATVIA via its New Latin name LETTONIA.
LIMA (Settlement) Spanish (Latin American)
Lima is a corruption of the name RIMAC.
LISBOA (Settlement) Portuguese, Spanish, Galician
Newer form of Old Portuguese Lisbõa, derived from Latin Olisīpō. According to legend, the location was named for ODYSSEUS... [more]
LIVONIA (Region) History, Albanian, Aragonese, Asturian, Basque, English, Galician, Indonesian, Italian, Romanian, Spanish
Livonia was a historic region in the Baltic, located approximately in present-day southern ESTONIA and northern LATVIA... [more]
LLORET DE MAR (Settlement) Catalan
LUJÁN (Settlement) Spanish
The name of a city in the Buenos Aires province of Argentina, best known for its basilica.... [more]
LUTECIA (Settlement) Aragonese
LUZÓN (Island) Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of LUZON.
MACEDONIA (Region) Ancient Greek (Latinized), English, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish
Derived from Greek Μακεδονία (Makedonia), which is the name of an ancient kingdom and region that was named after the ancient Macedonian people. In turn, their name is derived from ancient Greek μακεδνός (makednós) meaning "tall, taper".
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.
MAGUINDÁNAO (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Spanish form of MAGUINDANAO.
MAJACHKALÁ (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish form of MAKHACHKALA.
MÁLAGA (Settlement) Spanish
The city name of Málaga came from the latin name "Malacca".
MALASIA (Country) Spanish, Asturian
Spanish and Asturian form of MALAYSIA.
MALTA (Country) English, Basque, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Galician, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Turkmen, West Frisian
Malta, officially known as the Republic of Malta, is a Southern European island country consisting of an archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea.... [more]
MANILA (Settlement) English, Cebuano, Ilocano, Maranao, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, German, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Ukrainian
From Tagalog Maynila which comes from the term may-nilà meaning "where indigo is found", ultimately from Sanskrit नील (nī́la) referring to the indigo plant. This is the name of the capital city of the Philippines.
MARSELLA (Settlement) Catalan
Marsella is the catalan version of the city of Marseilles. It is a place name.
MESENIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Polish, Spanish
Polish and Spanish form of Messenia.
MIGDONIA (Region) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Mygdonia.
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]
NAVARRA (Region) Spanish
NIZA (Settlement) Spanish
Spanish for the city of Nice, France.
OSETIA (Region) Polish, Spanish
Polish and Spanish form of OSSETIA.
PÁEZ (Other, Political Subdivision, Region & Settlement) Spanish (Latin American), Paezean
The name of places in Venezuala and Colombia.... [more]
PARAGUAY (Country) Spanish, English
Meaning unknown, but probably derived from a river with the same name. This is the name of a landlocked country in South America.
PEONIA (Region) Italian, Romanian, Spanish
Italian, Romanian and Spanish form of Paeonia.
PERREBIA (Region) Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of Perrhaebia.
PUERTO RICO (Country) Spanish
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]
REYNOSA (Settlement) Spanish
Reynosa is a border city in the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is also the municipal seat of Reynosa Municipality.
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".
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.
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]
SANTATORNIL (Settlement) Aragonese
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]
SHYMKENT (Settlement) Kazakh, English, Russian, Bashkir, Belarusian, Chechen, Indonesian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
From Kazakh шым (shym) meaning "sod, turf, meadow" and кент (kent) meaning "town". This is the name of a city in Kazakhstan.
SINAÍ (Region & Mountain) Catalan, Spanish
Catalan and Spanish form of SINAI.
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]
SUDÁFRICA (Country) Spanish
Form of South Africa used in Spanish speaking countries.
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]
TEGUCIGALPA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Capital of HONDURAS, possibly from the Nahuatl word Taguz-galpa, which means "hills of silver".
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.
TESPROTIA (Political Subdivision & Region) Polish, Spanish
Polish and Spanish form of Thesprotia.
TÒQUIO (Settlement) Catalan
Catalan form of TOKYO.
TUNISIA (Country) English, Italian, Galician
Derived from the name تُونِس (tūnis), the name of the capital city of Tunisia (see TUNIS, of disputed meaning. One theory suggests Berber origin from the Tamazight root ⵜⵏⵙ (tns) meaning "to lay down" or "encampment" or ens meaning "to lie down, to pass the night", Others state that the name is from TANITH, the name of a Phoenician goddess, or from Tynes, the name of an ancient city... [more]
TXINA (Country) Basque
Means CHINA in Basque.
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]
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]
VICTORICA (Settlement) Spanish (Latin American)
Town in La Pampa Province in Argentina.
VILLARREAL (Settlement) Spanish
Villarreal is a city in the province of Castelló, in the Valencian Community, Spain.
XERESA (Political Subdivision) Spanish
Xeresa is a municipality in the comarca of Safor in the Valencian Community, Spain.
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