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Toponyms

written by: adc
 
Toponyms are place names. A place name can tell you a lot about the land's original inhabitants. They've sometimes been warped by later settlers but can you figure out some of the original names of these places?

Question 1:


In England, names of places ending in "chester," like Manchester and Winchester come from a Latin word meaning what?
stream
camp
house
meadow

Question 2:


Argentina comes from the Latin word "Argentum" which means silver.
False
True

Question 3:


A corrupted version of the Arabic word "wadi", meaning watercourse, gives us this Spanish toponym.
Guadalajara
Salamanca
Madrid
Andalucia

Question 4:


The Native Americans knew this place as "Mesconsing," Lewis and Clark recorded it as "Quisconsing". Its name was further distorted. What do we know it today as?
Colorado
Wisconsin
Lansing, Michigan
Quebec

Question 5:


What do the toponyms Rio Grande, Mississippi and Ta Ho mean in their native tongues?
Surrounded by water
Big River
Long River
Great River

Question 6:


Cairo means happiness in Arabic.
False
True

Question 7:


What place in New York was named Vlissigen by the Dutch?
Yonkers
Brooklyn
Harlem
Flushing

Question 8:


Omaha is a distorted Native American tribal name.
False
True

Question 9:


What does Sahara mean in Arabic?
wasteland
oasis
fertile
sand

Question 10:


For which monarch was the state of Virginia named?
Mary Queen of Scots
Queen Elizabeth I of England
King Louis IV of France
King Virgil of Denmark

 


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