Place name repository


AMERICAN INDIAN PLACE NAMES

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The name Tahoe (the lake in California/Nevada) is Washo for „big water.“

The state name Utah is from the Ute tribe, meaning „people of the mountains.“


NEW YORK TOPONYMS

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  • One of the great legacies of human migration and settlement is the coming together of diverse groups of people in the same space. When people of different backgrounds coexist, the resulting impact can be seen in the area’s cultural markers, such as place names.

    From Dutch to Unami (the Lenápe language) and everything in between, New York City’s modern-day place names, or toponyms, reveal its rich history of linguistic influences.


    A SURVEY OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH PLACENAMES

  • The subject of English place­names is a complicated one. There are many factors involved, not the least of which is the waves of conquest England suffered during the period in which most of her place­names were formed. The result is that English place­names come from a variety of languages: possibly pre­British, British, Latin, Old English, Old Norse of two varieties and Norman French. Each of these languages has contributed place­names and influenced the form of existing place­names. This makes a rich and complicated subject with much fine detail. I have tried to review the major types of English place­names, but it has not been possible to touch on every aspect of the subject.