Talk:List of places named after people

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Articles for Deletion debate[edit]

This article survived an Articles for Deletion debate. The discussion can be found here. -Docg 01:04, 6 January 2007 (UTC)


Surely China being named after a dynasty doesn't count? Is this a page about places named for individuals or places named for groups of people or both? User:Francs2000

This probably stems in the misconception that Chinese dynasties are named after its ruling clan's family names. AFAIK, this never happens (unlike Korean dynasties). The Chin Dynasty's imperial family name is Yin. The last dynasty, Ching Dynasty's imperial family name, for example, is Aisin-gioro. --Menchi 19:08, 7 Feb 2004 (UTC)
How about Chinese cities? Shrumster 11:19, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Ukraine and the Communist names[edit]

Artemiwśk was voted on Sept. 23, 2015 by city council to restore its historical (prior to 1924) name, Bachmut (Бахмут)

Other names that are subject to change, according to the Decommunization Law of 2015 (to be implemented by Rada in 2016):

  • Dniprodzerzhynśk - to restore historical (1750-1936) name Kamjanśke (Кам'янське)
  • Dnipropetrovśk - to be renamed as Dnipro (Дніпро), after the river
  • Illyichivśk - to be renamed as Čornomorśk (Чорноморськ), after the Black Sea (Čorne more). Supported by local referendum on Nov. 12, 2015. To avoid confusion, the town of Čornomorśke, Crimea has its own historical (prior to 1944) Crimean Tatar name Aqmeçit (Ак Мечеть)
  • Kirovohrad - to be renamed as Inhuľśk (Інгульськ), after the river Inhul

Not included in the list (all subject to renaming as well):

and in the disputed Crimea: (talk) 17:53, 25 January 2016 (UTC) RWhite

Water bodies[edit]

Do water bodies (seas, rivers, lakes, water falls) come under political entities ? Jay 11:38, 7 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Maybe this article should be renamed to List of places named after people. --Menchi 19:08, 7 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Though I wouldn't be entirely sure an ocean counts as a place, either. I'd put it into a separate article, personally. -- Graham :) 22:23, 8 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Also what about cities, towns, villages, districts ? Water bodies, forests, deserts, mountains, valleys and other physical geographical entities wouldn't fit into a political entity, but would certainly be counted as a place. So rather than renaming, this page can be branched out from List of places named after people. Jay 15:17, 9 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Though, having researched it a bit more, I'd like there to be a general List of place name origins (if it doesn't exist already). I just find the subject fascinating. -- Graham :) 00:31, 10 Feb 2004 (UTC)
Already exists Placename etymology, List of country name etymologies. If you're also an etymology-freak maybe you can review some of the etymology-related lists I've created. Jay 07:51, 10 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Israel and Jacob[edit]

Can someone please tell me the link between Israel and Jacob? It's not immediately apparent. -- Graham :) | Talk 02:21, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)

They are simply the same Biblical person. Multiple names per person, as usual. Or are you asking how one name can turn into another? No idea. I think they are just different names for a person. --Menchi 02:49, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)
I just felt a note needed adding to that bit of the article to explain the link between the two. I'm not Christian or Jewish (and neither are about two thirds of the rest of the world) so it needs explaining. -- Graham :) | Talk 02:54, 16 Apr 2004 (UTC)

List of places named ...[edit]

We have "List of places named after Tito, Stalin and Lenin", but "List of places named for DeWitt Clinton etc.". Is there a difference? If not, which is the prefered name for those articles in English? --Romanm 08:50, 21 Jun 2004 (UTC)

hmm.. good point .. I think it should be "after". "for" is wrong grammar I guess. Jay 12:00, 21 Jun 2004 (UTC)
After is English grammar, For is American. Or maybe it's the other way around. Whichever, they should all be the same. -- Graham ☺ | Talk 13:19, 21 Jun 2004 (UTC)

Towns and cities[edit]

A basic problem with the towns and cities section: there are hundreds, if not thousands of towns and cities across Europe that are named after people. Are they all going to go into the same article? -- Graham ☺ | Talk 20:37, 9 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Good question, G.! And the title of the article being "List of places named after people", the list could run into millions. Wikipedians should be careful how they name their lists... -- Picapica 18:14, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

Getting into the "thousands" debate, I noticed the list for France is pretty short considering the amount of cities in France named for this or that saint. (E.g. Saint Denis, France isn't even on the list, and there are many other places with Saint Denis in the name (Saint Denis (disambiguation), to say nothing about Saint Pierre!). I certainly don't suggest we merge all those place names into this list but maybe some of the major ones (such as Saint Denis, France) and perhaps mention the fact that there are many other places in france named after saints or with the name of a saint in it. (Like, for example, in Brittany there is a town called Saint-Jean-du-Doigt (which literaly translates to Saint John of the Finger). Legend has it (as told to me by a friend of mine who was born and raised near there) someone, many years ago, found a finger and the locals decided it was that of John_the_Baptist and started to pray to/worship it. Now that's a way to get a name!) -- Imlepid 06:45, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


It seems that almost every airport is named after someone, so this section is unnecessarily long. I propose deletion. Oreo Priest 18:32, 5 July 2006 (UTC)