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.

Contents

ContinentsEdit

CountriesEdit

This is a summary of country name etymologies.

Former countriesEdit

Self-governing overseas territoriesEdit

Towns and citiesEdit

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.

AfghanistanEdit

AlbaniaEdit

AlgeriaEdit

AngolaEdit

  • Moçâmedes – Governor General of Angola, José D'Almeida Vasconcelos de Oliveira de Soveral e Carvalho, Baron of Mossâmedes
  • Patrice Lumumba, Luanda – Patrice Lumumba, Congolese Prime Minister
  • Viana, Luanda – Governor General of Angola, Horácio José de Sá Viana Rebelo

AndorraEdit

Antigua and BarbudaEdit

ArgentinaEdit

ArmeniaEdit

Former:

AustraliaEdit

AustriaEdit

AzerbaijanEdit

Alternate:

Former:

BahamasEdit

BahrainEdit

BangladeshEdit

BarbadosEdit

BelarusEdit

BelgiumEdit

BelizeEdit

BeninEdit

  • Malanville – Henri Malan, French Governor of Dahomey

BermudaEdit

BhutanEdit

BoliviaEdit

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

BotswanaEdit

BrazilEdit

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

BruneiEdit

BulgariaEdit

Former:

Burkina FasoEdit

CambodiaEdit

CanadaEdit

Central African RepublicEdit

ChadEdit

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

ChileEdit

ChinaEdit

ColombiaEdit

Democratic Republic of the CongoEdit

  • Lumumba (Lodja) - Patrice Lumumba, First Prime Minister of Democratic Republic of Congo

Former:

Republic of the CongoEdit

Costa RicaEdit

CroatiaEdit

Former:

CubaEdit

CuraçaoEdit

Czech RepublicEdit

Former:

DenmarkEdit

In Greenland:

In Bornholm:

DominicaEdit

Dominican RepublicEdit

Former:

East TimorEdit

EcuadorEdit

EgyptEdit

El SalvadorEdit

Equatorial GuineaEdit

EstoniaEdit

Former:

Eswatini (Swaziland)Edit

EthiopiaEdit

Falkland IslandsEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

GabonEdit

GermanyEdit

Former:

GeorgiaEdit

Former:

GhanaEdit

GreeceEdit

GrenadaEdit

GuatemalaEdit

Guinea BissauEdit

GuyanaEdit

HaitiEdit

Former:

HondurasEdit

Hong KongEdit

HungaryEdit

Former:

IcelandEdit

IndiaEdit

IndonesiaEdit

Former:

  • Sukarnapura was the name of Jayapura – Sukarno, President of Indonesia

IranEdit

Former:

IraqEdit

Ireland (Republic of)Edit

Former:

IsraelEdit

Former:

ItalyEdit

Ivory CoastEdit

JamaicaEdit

JapanEdit

JordanEdit

KazakhstanEdit

Former:

KenyaEdit

KosovoEdit

KuwaitEdit

KyrgyzstanEdit

Former:

LaosEdit

LatviaEdit

Former:

LebanonEdit

Former:

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

LesothoEdit

LiberiaEdit

LibyaEdit

LithuaniaEdit

LuxembourgEdit

MacedoniaEdit

Former:

MalaysiaEdit

MalawiEdit

MaltaEdit

MauritiusEdit

MexicoEdit

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

MoldovaEdit

Former:

MongoliaEdit

MontenegroEdit

Former:

MoroccoEdit

MozambiqueEdit

MyanmarEdit

NamibiaEdit

Former:

NepalEdit

NetherlandsEdit

New ZealandEdit

NicaraguaEdit

NigeriaEdit

North KoreaEdit

NorwayEdit

Former:

OmanEdit

PakistanEdit

Former:

PanamaEdit

Papua New GuineaEdit

ParaguayEdit

PeruEdit

PhilippinesEdit

PolandEdit

Former:

PortugalEdit

Puerto RicoEdit

QatarEdit

RomaniaEdit

Former:

RussiaEdit

Former:

Saint Kitts and NevisEdit

Saint LuciaEdit

Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesEdit

São Tomé e PríncipeEdit

Saudi ArabiaEdit

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaEdit

SenegalEdit

SerbiaEdit

Former:

Sierra LeoneEdit

SingaporeEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SloveniaEdit

SomaliaEdit

Former:

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

South AfricaEdit

Western Cape

Eastern Cape

Northern Cape

Free State

Gauteng

KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo

Mpumalanga

North West

Former:

South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsEdit

Former:

South KoreaEdit

SpainEdit

Former:

SudanEdit

SurinameEdit

SwedenEdit

SwitzerlandEdit

SyriaEdit

Former:

TajikistanEdit

Former:

TanzaniaEdit

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

ThailandEdit

Trinidad and TobagoEdit

TunisiaEdit

TurkeyEdit

Former:

TurkmenistanEdit

Former:

UgandaEdit

UkraineEdit

Former:

United Arab EmiratesEdit

United KingdomEdit

====Great Britain====

Northern Ireland

United StatesEdit

United States Virgin IslandsEdit

UruguayEdit

UzbekistanEdit

Former:

VenezuelaEdit

VietnamEdit

Former:

ZambiaEdit

Former:

ZimbabweEdit

Former:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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/
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay SA Association of Municipal Employees (1983). 1983 Official South African Municipal Yearbook
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)