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Quizzes here relate to the etymology of place names - their origins and meanings. Quizzes about identifying the names of places can be found in the Geography category of the same name.   

There are 16 quizzes and 175 trivia questions in this category.
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1
Australian Place Names- What Do They Mean?

You don't need to be an expert on Australian geography to play my quiz. The pictures should give lots of hints.
Average (10 qns)
ozzz2002
300 plays
2
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!
Average (10 qns)
thejazzkickazz
6495 plays
3
Multicultural Alaska

Alaska is a huge land, plenty of room for diverse place names from many cultures.
Average (10 qns)
wjames
May 06 16
132 plays
4
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 qns)
flem-ish
3222 plays
5
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 qns)
flem-ish
1950 plays
6
General (and Admiral) Geography

The geographic features are named for military leaders: generals, admirals and some people of lower grades.
Average (10 qns)
wjames
Dec 05 16
321 plays
7
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 qns)
flem-ish
945 plays
8
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 qns)
flem-ish
1947 plays
9
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 qns)
riotgrrl
1098 plays
10
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 qns)
woboogie
552 plays
11
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 qns)
flem-ish
606 plays
12
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 qns)
flem-ish
453 plays
13
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 qns)
tnrees
747 plays
14
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 qns)
woboogie
489 plays
15
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 qns)
flem-ish
576 plays
16
English Place Names

A quiz on how British place names originated.
Difficult (15 qns)
lupin
624 plays
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