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.

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 Europe and South America, it is common practice to name (and often rename) birthplace towns for political leaders or distinguished figures. There are other cases of this phenomenon present across the continents, especially in regions dominated by a hegemonic political ideology, such as Communism, Conservatism, Imperialism, or Fascism.

Afghanistan[edit]

Albania[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Angola[edit]

  • Comandante Valódia (Luanda) – Joaquim Domingos Augusto “Valódia", one of the prominent generals during the Angolan War of Independence
  • Moçâmedes – Governor General of Angola, José D'Almeida Vasconcelos de Oliveira de Soveral e Carvalho, Baron of Mossâmedes (died 1805)
  • Nelito Soares (Luanda) – Nelito Soares (1943–1975), Angolan revolutionary
  • Patrice Lumumba, Luanda – Patrice Lumumba, Congolese Prime Minister
  • Rocha Pinto (Luanda) – João Teixeira Pinto
  • Viana, Luanda – Governor General of Angola, Horácio José de Sá Viana Rebelo (1910–1995)

Andorra[edit]

Antigua and Barbuda[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Armenia[edit]

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Australia[edit]

Austria[edit]

Azerbaijan[edit]

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Bahamas[edit]

Bahrain[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

Barbados[edit]

Belarus[edit]

Belgium[edit]

Belize[edit]

Benin[edit]

  • Malanville – Henri Malan, French Governor of Dahomey

Bermuda[edit]

Bhutan[edit]

Bolivia[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Botswana[edit]

Brazil[edit]

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

Brunei[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

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Burkina Faso[edit]

Cambodia[edit]

Canada[edit]

Central African Republic[edit]

Chad[edit]

Formerly N'Djamena was named "Fort-Lamy" – Amédée-François Lamy, an army officer

Chile[edit]

China[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Democratic Republic of the Congo[edit]

  • Cité Maman Mobutu (Kinshasa) – Marie-Antoinette Mobutu (1941–1977), First Lady of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cité Mzee Laurent Désiré Kabila (Kinshasa) – Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President
  • Lumumba (Lodja) – Patrice Lumumba, First Prime Minister

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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:

Dominica[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

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East Timor[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Egypt[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

Equatorial Guinea[edit]

Estonia[edit]

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Eswatini (Swaziland)[edit]

Ethiopia[edit]

Falkland Islands[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

Gabon[edit]

Germany[edit]

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Georgia[edit]

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Ghana[edit]

Greece[edit]

Grenada[edit]

Guatemala[edit]

Guinea Bissau[edit]

Guyana[edit]

Haiti[edit]

Honduras[edit]

Hong Kong[edit]

Hungary[edit]

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Iceland[edit]

  • Grímsey – Grími Ingjaldsson, who have a winter residence in their island
  • Ólafsfjörður – Ólafur Bekkur Karlsson

India[edit]

Indonesia[edit]

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Iran[edit]

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Iraq[edit]

Ireland (Republic of)[edit]

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Israel[edit]

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Italy[edit]

Ivory Coast[edit]

Jamaica[edit]

Japan[edit]

Jordan[edit]

Kazakhstan[edit]

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Kenya[edit]

Kosovo[edit]

Kuwait[edit]

Kyrgyzstan[edit]

  • Alla-Anarov (Aravan) – Alla Anarov (1907–1979), cotton producer
  • Aydaraliev (Talas) – Dr. Akmatbek Aydaraliev (1916–1987),
  • Amanbayevo – Akhmat Amanbayev (1920–1964), Kirghiz compositor
  • Anan'yevo – one of the Panfilov's Twenty-Eight Guardsmen, Nikolay Yakovlevich Anan'yev (1912–1941)
  • Baetov – Kirghiz singer and composer Musa Baetov (1902–1949)
  • Bokonbayevo – Kirghiz poet and dramatist, Dzhoomart Bokonbaev (1910–1944)
  • Ibraimov – Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sultan Ibraimov
  • Imeni Suymenkula Chokmorova – Kyrgyz film actor Suimenkul Chokmorov
  • Jalal-AbadJalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar
  • Kochubaev (Osh) – Toi'chu Tagaevich Kochubaev (1922–1981), Kirghiz Socialist workers' hero
  • Kurmanbek (Suzak) – Kurmanbek Batyr, mythical hero
  • Lenin District, BishkekVladimir Lenin
  • Manas DistrictManas, mythical Kyrgyz national hero
  • Mombekovo (Nooken) – Yusup Mombekov (1926–1983), Kirghiz socialist workers' hero
  • Nazaraliev (Aksy) – Orozaaly Nazaraliev (1898–1957), Kirghiz educator
  • Nurzhanov (Talas) – Akmatbek Nurzhanov (1922–1987), Kirghiz socialist workers' hero
  • Orozbekovo (Batken) – Abdykadyr Orozbekov (1889–1938), Kirghiz statesman
  • Osmonkulov (Talas) – Iskender Osmonkulov (1907–1992), Kirghiz socialist workers' hero
  • Panfilov District, KyrgyzstanIvan Panfilov
  • Sverdlov District, BishkekYakov Sverdlov
  • Shopokov – Kyrgyz World War II hero Duyshenkul Shopokov (1915–1941)
  • Toktogul – Kyrgyz Musician Toktogul Satilganov
  • Zharkynbayevo – Kyrgyz hero Kazak Zharkynbaev (1911–1969)

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Laos[edit]

Latvia[edit]

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Lebanon[edit]

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

Lesotho[edit]

Liberia[edit]

Libya[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Luxembourg[edit]

Macedonia[edit]

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Malaysia[edit]

Malawi[edit]

Mali[edit]

Malta[edit]

Mauritius[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Aguascalientes

Baja California

Baja California Sur

Campeche

  • Alfredo V. Bonfil (Campeche) – Alfredo Vladimir Bonfil, a Peasant leader
  • Bolonchén de Rejón – Manuel Crescencio García Rejón (1799–1849), jurist
  • Emiliano Zapata (Campeche) – Emiliano Zapata
  • Escarcega – Francisco Escarcega Marquez (1896–1938), a native from Tlaxcala who fought in a revolution
  • Ingeniero Eugenio Echeverría Castellot (Calakmul, Campeche) – Eugenio Echeverría Castellot (1918–1999), governor of Campeche
  • Iturbide (Campeche) – Agustín de Iturbide
  • Juárez (Campeche) – Benito Juárez
  • Villa Madero (Campeche) – Francisco I. Madero

Chiapas

Chihuahua

Coahuila

Colima

Durango

Guanajuato

Guerrero

Hidalgo

Jalisco

Mexico (State)

Mexico City

Michoacán

Morelos

Nayarit

Nuevo Leon

Oaxaca

Puebla

Queretaro

Quintana Roo

San Luis Potosí

Sinaloa

Sonora

Tabasco

Tamaulipas

Tlaxcala

Veracruz

Yucatán

Zacatecas

Moldova[edit]

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Mongolia[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

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Morocco[edit]

Mozambique[edit]

Myanmar[edit]

Namibia[edit]

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Nepal[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Nicaragua[edit]

Niger[edit]

Nigeria[edit]

North Korea[edit]

Norway[edit]

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Oman[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

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Panama[edit]

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Paraguay[edit]

Peru[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Poland[edit]

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Portugal[edit]

Puerto Rico[edit]

Qatar[edit]

Romania[edit]

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Russia[edit]

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Saint Kitts and Nevis[edit]

Saint Lucia[edit]

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]

São Tomé e Príncipe[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha[edit]

Senegal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

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Sierra Leone[edit]

Singapore[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Slovenia[edit]

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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South Korea[edit]

Spain[edit]

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  • Guadiana del CaudilloFrancisco Franco (Caudillo) (now restored its original name Guadiana)

Sudan[edit]

Suriname[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Syria[edit]

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Tajikistan[edit]

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Tanzania[edit]

  • Nyerere (Ward of Zanzibar City) – Julius Nyerere, President of Tanzania

Thailand[edit]

Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Turkey[edit]

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Turkmenistan[edit]

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Uganda[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

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United Arab Emirates[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

Great Britain[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

United States[edit]

United States Virgin Islands[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Uzbekistan[edit]

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Venezuela[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

  • Bế Văn Đàn (Quảng Hòa) – Bế Văn Đàn (1931–1953), Hero of the People's Armed Forces
  • Đề Thám (Lạng Sơn) – Hoàng Hoa Thám "Đề Thám" (1858–1913), leader of Yên Thế Insurrection
  • Đình Phong (Cao Bằng) – Đình Phong, a communist soldier
  • Đình Phùng, Bảo Lạc – Phan Đình Phùng (1847–1895), vietnamese poet
  • Dương Minh Châu District and Duong Minh Chau town – Dương Minh Châu (1912–1947), a communist lawyer
  • Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh, President of Vietnam
  • Hồ Thị Kỷ (Cà Mau) – Hồ Thị Kỷ (1949–1970), martyr hero
  • Hoàng Văn Thụ, Văn Lãng – Hoàng Văn Thụ (1909–1944), vietnamese revolutionary
  • Hồng Dân (Bạc Liêu) – Trần Hồng Dân (1916–1946), nationalist revolutionary
  • Kim Đồng, Thạch An – Kim Đồng (1929–1943), captain of Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organization
  • Ngọc Hiển (Cà Mau) – Phan Ngọc Hiển (1910–1941), a local teacher, writer and artist
  • Nguyễn Huân (Cà Mau) – Nguyễn Văn Huân (d.1946), communist martyr
  • Nông trường Trần PhúTrần Phú, vietnamese revolutionary
  • Phạm Văn Cội (Củ Chi) – Phạm Văn Cội (1940–1967), Hero of the People's Armed Forces
  • Quang Trung, An Lão (Hải Phòng) – Quang Trung, second emperor of the Tây Sơn dynasty
  • Trần Hưng Đạo (Lý Nhân) – Trần Hưng Đạo, an imperial prince, statesman and military commander
  • Trần Văn Thời District and Trần Văn Thời town – Trần Văn Thời (1902–1942), a local communist

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Zambia[edit]

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Zimbabwe[edit]

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roshen Dalal (2010). The Religions of India: A Concise Guide to Nine Major Faiths. Penguin Books India. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-14-341517-6.
  2. ^ Port Said
  3. ^ Ghana Place Names: Kofi Pare
  4. ^ Ghana Place Names: Queen Anne's Point
  5. ^ Ghana Place Names: Techiman
  6. ^ https://tengrinews.kz/kazakhstan_news/nur-sultan-novoe-nazvanie-stolitsyi-kazahstana-365516/
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