Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for Over 5000 Natural Features, Countries, Capitals, Territories, Cities, and Historic Sites

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Placenames-whether 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").

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Placenames-whether 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").

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 name's 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.

About the Author:
A noted toponymist and onomastician, Adrian Room is the author of over 40 reference books, including Dictionary of Pseudonyms, 4th ed. (2003, $75), A Dictionary of Music Titles (2000, $55, "Recommended"-Library Journal) and A Dictionary of Art Titles (2000, $55). He also compiled African Placenames (1994, $49.95). He lives in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England.

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Easy-to-use, straightforward.
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Lays out the principles of placename study.
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The sheer scope of this world-wide guide justifies its place on your shelves.
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Replete with solid and interesting information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418145
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/26/2003
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Placenames 19
Glossary 1 Languages Cited 403
Glossary 2 Non-English Language Placename Components 410
Appendix 1 Indigenous Country Names 415
Appendix 2 Roman Names of Towns and Cities 417
Appendix 3 Bilingual Placenames 420
Appendix 4 Coastal Touristic Names 424
Appendix 5 Inhabitants of Towns and Cities 426
Appendix 6 Canting Civic Coats-of-Arms 428
Appendix 7 Words from Names 431
Select Bibliography 439
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