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1 Words from the Names of Cities and Towns
Some of the most interesting words in the English language are derived from the names of world cities, towns or village. See if you can't recognize some of these fascinating terms!
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10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Jun 21 04
6021 plays
2 Geographical Eponyms
Eponyms are common nouns derived from proper names. "Common nouns" deriving from "geographical names" describing where certain things were found, produced,sold, are sometimes called "geographical eponyms". Try out some of the easier cases.
Average
15 Q
flem-ish
Feb 26 02
3189 plays
3 Onomastics: Hidden Meanings Of Placenames
Not only ordinary words but also names of countries, cities, etc. often have a surprising origin. See which of these you can identify.
Average
10 Q
flem-ish
Sep 02 02
1713 plays
4 Placenames in Britain
With just a little bit of basic background knowledge, the place names on a map of Britain become suddenly so transparent. This quiz invites you to decode some of the more common 'etymologies'.
Tough
10 Q
flem-ish
Feb 05 02
909 plays
5 Origin of USA State Names
The names of the US states are as diversified as the country: some are from Native American languages, some are Spanish or French. Many refer to historic persons, others to rivers, some even to the colour of the soil. Check your knowledge.
Tough
15 Q
flem-ish
Feb 08 02
1926 plays
6 English County Names
Do you know where the names of English counties came from? This quiz tests your knowledge of language and history rather than the geography of England.
Tough
10 Q
riotgrrl
Apr 11 02
1086 plays
7 Origins of British Place Names 1
I'll give you the county and the location's original meaning, you choose the modern name from the list. All information is taken from the 'Oxford Dictionary of Place Names'. Good Luck!
Tough
10 Q
woboogie
Feb 06 08
540 plays
8 More British Placenames
Part of British history can be found back in the many Latin, Welsh, Old Norse and Gaelic placenames that complete the Anglo-Saxon picture a map of Britain offers. Finding out what a placename means is often easier than you might think. Just have a try.
Tough
10 Q
flem-ish
Feb 05 02
597 plays
9 English Place Names
There are numerous elements which form part of English place names. This quiz is on the meaning of some of them.
Difficult
10 Q
tnrees
Jun 16 09
732 plays
10 Understanding English Placenames
Why not try an educated guess at the meaning of some English placenames. Test your sixth sense for language..and history!
Difficult
10 Q
flem-ish
Jan 12 04
447 plays
11 Origins of British Place Names 2
My first quiz on this subject got some great feedback, so here's the second in what may become a longer series! Same as before, I'll give the county and meaning, you choose the city/town/village. Good Luck!
Difficult
10 Q
woboogie
Mar 02 08
483 plays
12 Origins Of American Placenames
In a "young country" like the U.S.A., the names of towns and regions are often etymologically very transparent, yet there are quite a few "surprises". Just check some here.
Difficult
10 Q
flem-ish
Aug 11 02
567 plays
13 English Place Names
A quiz on how British place names originated.
Difficult
15 Q
lupin
Jan 08 02
612 plays
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Last Updated Dec 03 14 3:28 PM

Some sample questions from this category:

* Where did the name Basildon originate?
* Which British place name originated from a 'Farmstead by the river'?
* The placename Vauxhall originated from a hall being owned by a certain family. What was the families name?
* What major British city's name originate from 'Homestead of the family or followers of a man called Beorma'?
* 'Alchelie' was the Domesday Book name for which British place?


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