Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for Over 5000 Natural Features, Countries, Capitals, Territories, Cities and Historic Sites
Placenames wether they be of a city or a river, a country or a mountain denote something about the region. They often provide a brief history or description of the feature, sometimes telling in a word who founded a city ( e.g., Barcelona, Spain, named for Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca) or giving a full description in a single word (e.g. Cape Roca in western Portugal, which derives its name from the Portuguese roca, rock).“P” In this reference work, the origins of the placenames for over 5,000 cities, natural features, countries, and historic sites are provided. All seven continents are included here. Each entry provides, first, the name of the feature, a brief description and its geographic location; an account of the names origin and meaning then follows, with appropriate historical, topographical and biographical references. Cross references provide former names and alternate spellings or forms of current names.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mccormicklibrary - LibraryThing
Preface describes ten categories of placename etymology, such as commendatory, incident names, descriptive, and mistakes; naming patterns in each continent; and placename frequencies. Lists most ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - languagehat - LibraryThing
As useful and maddening as all of Room's productions; you can't trust it (under Peking/Beijing: "alternative name of Peiping has same meaning"), and there are bizarre inclusions (Cortina d'Ampezzo ... Read full review