List of places named after people

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There are a number of places named after famous people. For more on the general etymology of place names see toponymy. For other lists of eponyms (names derived from people) see eponym.

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Continents[edit]

Countries[edit]

This is a summary of country name etymologies.

Former countries[edit]

Self-governing overseas territories[edit]

Towns and cities[edit]

Many smaller European towns and cities are named after their founders, often dating back many hundreds of years. Often, there is not much known about them today. In Latin America it is common practice to name (and often rename) birthplace towns for political leaders or distinguished figures.

Afghanistan[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

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Australia[edit]

Austria[edit]

  • St. Pölten – The name Sankt Pölten is derived from Hippolytus of Rome. The city was renamed to Sankt Hippolyt, then Sankt Polyt and finally Sankt Pölten.

Azerbaijan[edit]

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Bangladesh[edit]

Barbados[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Bermuda[edit]

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Brunei[edit]

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Botswana[edit]

Brazil[edit]

For a longer list, please see List of places in Brazil named after people.

Bulgaria[edit]

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Canada[edit]

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

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Republic of the Congo[edit]

Costa Rica[edit]

Croatia[edit]

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Cuba[edit]

Curaçao[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

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Denmark[edit]

In Greenland:

In Bornholm:

Dominican Republic[edit]

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Egypt[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

  • San Salvador, El Salvador – Jesus (the Christian Savior)

Estonia[edit]

  • Valga (Latvian: Valka)– possibly after the de Walko (de Walco) family.

Former:

Falkland Islands[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Gabon[edit]

Germany[edit]

Former names[edit]

Ghana[edit]

Greece[edit]

Guyana[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hungary[edit]

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Iceland[edit]

India[edit]

Iran[edit]

Former:

Iraq[edit]

Ashur Assyria

Ireland (Republic of)[edit]

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Israel[edit]

Former:

Italy[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

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Kyrgyzstan[edit]

  • Shopokov – Soviet Kyrgyz World War II hero Duyshenkul Shopokov.

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Latvia[edit]

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Lebanon[edit]

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  • Laodicea in Phoenicia was an ancient name of Beirut – a royal woman named Laodice among the Seleucid dynasty

Liberia[edit]

Libya[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Macedonia (Republic of)[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Malta[edit]

Mauritius[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Mongolia[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

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Namibia[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Nicaragua[edit]

  • gihasio

Nigeria[edit]

Norway[edit]

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Pakistan[edit]

Former:

Panama[edit]

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

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Portugal[edit]

  • Lisbon (Latin, Olisipo, Olisipo Felicitas Iulia, Felicitas Julia Olissipo, Ulyssipolis, Ulisseia) – Ulysses

Romania[edit]

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Russia[edit]

Former:

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

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Somalia[edit]

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  • Bandar Qassim was the name of Bosaso – named after city's founder Qassim

South Africa[edit]

Western Cape

Eastern Cape

Northern Cape

Free State

Gauteng

KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

North West

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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands[edit]

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Spain[edit]

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Sudan[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Syria[edit]

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Tajikistan[edit]

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Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Turkey[edit]

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Turkmenistan[edit]

Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

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United Kingdom[edit]

Great Britain[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

United States[edit]

United States Virgin Islands[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

Venezuela[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

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Zambia[edit]

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Zimbabwe[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]