What does the name of the capital of Namibia actually mean?
#56594. Asked by Flynn_17. (Apr 10 05 4:14 PM)
Windhoek, in Afrikaans, literally means "wind corner."
This is hardly a suitable name for a place which is not windy at all. According to Brewer's Dictionary of Names, this name was originally promoted in the nineteenth century by a Hottentot chief called (by Afrikaners) Jonker Afrikaner, and it may derive from the village of Winterhoek ("winter corner") in the Cape province, where the chief spent his childhood. This village takes its name from the Winterhoek mountains, which are so called because they are capped with snow in winter.
Apr 10 05, 4:24 PM
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