In March I wrote about a world map where the country names had been translated to their original literal meanings, as far as anyone could be sure. Language, after all, is a complex and confusing thing that grows, develops and morphs over time as dialects mix and meanings blend. I thought it would be fun to follow it up by delving a bit deeper and look at the cities within those countries who no doubt have been subject to the same whims of change and misinterpretation. Unsurprisingly, the results are just as interesting, out-there and weird. They tell stories of history and hidden meaning, of founders and conquerors, of emotions and natural wonders. Current estimates believe there are around 7, living languages still being spoken in the world, which is an astounding statistic far above what most would guess hands up, I guessed around before I researched it.
List of national capital city name etymologies
Its name means ''Eastern capital'' - Answers with 5 Letters
This tour delves into Chinese and Tibetan culture, taking you on a journey from buzzing, modern metropolises to spiritual mountain hideaways. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Landmark Hotel 4T. This collection of over ancient buildings was the home of two dynasties of imperial rule, until the last, Puyi, was overthrown in Our full-day tour takes us to the Great Wall of China, built in several stages and reinforced with towers and fortresses.
An Extraordinary World Map Of Literally Translated City Names
This list covers English language national capital city names with their etymologies. Some of these include notes on indigenous names and their etymologies. Some of these etymologies are uncertain. The former capitals also have their etymologies listed in this article. Afghanistan :.