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Minneapolis
minne: Sioux word meaning "water"
polis: Greek word meaning "city"
Crimea
kremnoi: Russian word meaning "crags" or "rocky cliffs"
Illinois
Illini: Indian word meaning "the men"
Chicago
She-kag-ong, an Indian word meaning wild onion, garlic, or skunk. Some translate it as "strong" or "great"
Galena
town in Illinois whose name is the Latin word for "sulphide of lead"
Australia
australis: Latin for "south"
Istanbul
"Abounding in True Faith"
islam: true believing
bul: copious
Czech
beginners
Niger
from Berber name
"N-eghirreu," from which
comes "ghir," meaning "river"
Syria
from the Assyrian chief god, Assur
Europe
named for Europa, a Phoenician princess of Greek mythology who was abducted to Crete by Zeus in the form of a bull
Czechoslovakia
land of the first slavs
Oregon
from the French word for "hurricane"
Luxembourg
Little Castle (Lutzelburg)
Brazil
braza: Portuguese word for "live coal"
(explorers found a type of wood that produced a bright, red dye)
St. Tropez
named in honor of Torpes, the legendary Christian in the court of Nero in AD 68
Indian name of the longest tributary of the St. Croix River
Namekagon: "Place of the Sturgeon"
Argentina
argentum: Latin for "silver"
Sardinia
named for first inhabitants, the Sardi, which comes from Phoenician term "sarado," meaning "footprint"
Venezuela
Spanish for "Little Venice"
Azores
acores: Portuguese for hawks
Edinburgh
Edwin's Fortress, named for Anglo-Saxon King Edwin of Northumberland
Romania
from "Romani," or "Romans"
Scandinavia
Land of Darkness, from "skadino," meaning "dark"
Nevada
Snow-covered
Bethlehem
"House of Bread"
Hebrew: Beit lechem
Curral das Freiras (Madeira)
"Corral of the Nuns"
place where nuns hid when the island was attacked by pirates
York
from Eoforwic, "Wild Boar Town"
Gibraltar
named for Berber leader, Tarik; in Arabic the name is Gibel-al-Tarik, meaning "Mountain of Tarik"
Boise
French for "Timber"
Volga
Slavonic word "wolkoi," meaning "great"; some translate it as "holy"
Cordova
Great City (cara-tuba)
Jerusalem
Yerushalayim: Hebrew for "City of Peace"
Kabul (Afghanistan)
Persian word meaning "the warehouse"
(was a major stop on the trade routes between east and west)
Sierra Nevada
Snow-covered Mountain Range
Altai
from Mongolian words Altain ula, "Mountains of Gold"
Pico Ruiva (Madeira)
Purple Peak
Cuzco
Incan word meaning "the central place"
Nullarbor Plain, Australia
nulla arbor: Latin for "No Trees"
Hangchow
Dry District
Japan
Sun-Origin Kingdom, or Zipangu
Brussels
"House in the Marsh"
brouch: marsh
seli: house
Nile
Valley
Vermont
Green Mountain (French)
Nauvoo
Morman leader Joseph Smith called this town in Illinois "Beautiful Place" in Hebrew
Virginia
named for Queen Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen"
Pacific
pacificus: Latin for "peace"
Rome
Legend says it is named for the mythological character, Romulus, but probably came from Latin word "groma," meaning "crossroads"
Aegean
aegea: Latin for "goat"
(the sea once had in it an island shaped like a goat)
Baton Rouge
Red Stick
Himalaya
Home of the Snow
Timbuktu
Hollow
(built in a hollow among sandhills)
Moulin Rouge
Red Mill
Funchal (Madeira)
derived from Portuguese "funcho," meaning "fennel," which grows wild in the area
Pennsylvania
Penn's Wood
Las Vegas
The Meadows, or The Fertile Valleys
Florence
"flowering"
Latin: Florentia
Italian: Firenze
Ilha da Madeira
Island of Wood
Sierra Madre
Mountain Range Mother