The Literal Meanings of Place Names in the US & The World


Ever wondered what your state’s or city’s name means? Well, I am not sure you want to know, but the Atlas of True Names will give you that information. A project by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust, the atlas reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today’s maps of the World, and in it the United States – of the Home Ruler.

Are you from the ‘Land of People with the Dugout Canoes’, or from the ‘New Isle of Spears’? Don’t know? Well, check out the maps below (click to enlarge).

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