#15680. Asked by Jo. (Jan 05 02 12:31 AM)
-Brewers Dictionary of Names
Jan 05 02, 12:38 AM
Windhoek was founded in the valley that was most likely the bowl of the prehistoric lake which was proven by the vegetation layer found during the construction of the Sanlam building. Typical bottom of the lake deposits were found at the depth of 15 metres. Nama called Windhoek Aigams (''Hot water'' because of hot springs of Windhoek) and Herero used name Otjimuise (''Place of smoke'') but it was Nama's chief Jonker Afrikaner who gave the town its present name - '' windy corner''. There are two versions for the origin of the name: windy place (only 28 in 100 calm days a year) and name of farm Winterhoek in the Cape where Afrikaner's family originally was from.
Jan 05 02, 1:14 AM
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