Questions tagged [toponyms]

For questions about names of geographical places (countries, cities, etc.), which are the subject of toponymy.

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Are the Paris's names “City of Light” and “Lutetia” connected?

Paris is called City of Light. I wonder whether this name could come from ancient name of the city Λευκοτεκία (Ptolemy). Λευκος in Greek means light or white. And τεκ- root means "stone" (cognates ...
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List of Hungarian toponyms by interior/surface case

Hungarian toponyms can be grouped grammatically according to whether they take the "interior" cases (inessive, illative, and elative) or the "surface" cases (superessive, sublative, and delative) to ...
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Is there evidence of a place name originating from an abbreviation or acronym?

I was thinking about the city of Los Angeles and how I rarely refer to it by its full name but rather its abbreviation, LA. It doesn't seem unbelievable to me that, in a mostly illeterate society, ...
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What are determinants of language specific city names

I stumbled across the fact that in many cases city names are different across different languages. For example the british capital London is spelled Londres in French and Spanish, but also London in ...