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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.
19 Place Names quizzes and 202 Place Names trivia questions.
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  British Place Name Derivations - 12 questions - 3 mins
Given twelve names of British places, can you correctly sort them into categories based on how their names originated?
Tough, 12 Qns, rossian, Nov 11 22
Tough
rossian editor
Nov 11 22
118 plays
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  Origins Of American Placenames - 10 questions - 7 mins
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, Jul 15 08
Difficult
flem-ish
619 plays
3.
  Australian Place Names What Do They Mean Australian Place Names- What Do They Mean? best quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
You don't need to be an expert on Australian geography to play my quiz. The pictures should give lots of hints.
Easier, 10 Qns, ozzz2002, Sep 04 17
Easier
ozzz2002 gold member
Sep 04 17
403 plays
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  Words from the Names of Cities and Towns best quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, May 20 19
Average
thejazzkickazz gold member
May 20 19
7009 plays
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  The Truth  About Australian Place Names The Truth About Australian Place Names top quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
In this Adventure in Authoring quiz I was required to write a quiz on "Truth". Now Australians like me love to spin a yarn. We don't let the facts get in the way of a good story. So how many of the following Australian place name stories are true?
Average, 10 Qns, 1nn1, Jul 09 17
Average
1nn1 editor
Jul 09 17
259 plays
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  Multicultural Alaska Multicultural Alaska - 10 questions - 4 mins
Alaska is a huge land, plenty of room for diverse place names from many cultures.
Average, 10 Qns, wjames, Nov 15 16
Average
wjames gold member
Nov 15 16
247 plays
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  Etymological World Capitals - 10 questions - 4 mins
Match these ten world capitals to the word or phrase that gave each city its name.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Mar 19 20
Average
Joepetz gold member
Mar 19 20
402 plays
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  O Capital! My Capital! top quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Names of capital cities are well known, but have you ever wondered where the name came from? Me too.
Average, 10 Qns, 480154st, Feb 11 18
Average
480154st gold member
Feb 11 18
531 plays
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  General (and Admiral) Geography popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
The geographic features are named for military leaders: generals, admirals and some people of lower grades.
Average, 10 Qns, wjames, Dec 07 16
Average
wjames gold member
Dec 07 16
377 plays
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  Geographical Eponyms popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 5 mins
Eponyms are common nouns derived from proper names. Common nouns deriving from geographical names describing where certain things were found, produced or sold, are sometimes called geographical eponyms. Try out some of the easier cases.
Average, 15 Qns, flem-ish, Dec 14 19
Average
flem-ish
Dec 14 19
3501 plays
trivia question Quick Question
How nice to live in a capital city whose name, in Arabic, means Gardens as it is the plural of rawdha, meaning garden. Which city is this?

From Quiz "O Capital! My Capital!"




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  Onomastics: Hidden Meanings Of Placenames - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Oct 27 19
Average
flem-ish
Oct 27 19
2245 plays
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  Origin of USA State Names - 15 questions - 5 mins
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, Jun 26 17
Tough
flem-ish
Jun 26 17
2009 plays
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  Placenames in Britain - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Feb 11 17
Tough
flem-ish
Feb 11 17
979 plays
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  English County Names - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jul 15 08
Tough
riotgrrl
1138 plays
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  More British Placenames - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Aug 12 13
Tough
flem-ish
639 plays
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  Origins of British Place Names 2 - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jul 15 08
Difficult
woboogie
516 plays
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  English Place Names Quiz Challenge - 10 questions - 6 mins
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, Jun 16 09
Difficult
tnrees
778 plays
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  Origins of British Place Names 1 - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jul 15 08
Tough
woboogie
593 plays
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  Understanding English Placenames - 10 questions - 6 mins
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, Jul 15 08
Difficult
flem-ish
474 plays
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