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List of political entities named after people

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.

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Continents

Countries

This is a summary of country name etymologies.

Former countries

Self-governing overseas territories

Towns and cities

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 Latin America it is common practice to name (and often rename) birthplace towns for political leaders or distinguished figures.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Armenia

Former:

Australia

Austria

  • St. Pölten – The name Sankt Pölten is derived from Hippolytus of Rome. The city was renamed to Sankt Hippolyt, then Sankt Polyt and finally Sankt Pölten.

Azerbaijan

Alternate:

Former:

Bangladesh

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Bermuda

Bolivia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Former:

Botswana

Brazil

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

Bulgaria

Former:

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Former:

Republic of the Congo

Costa Rica

Croatia

Former:

Cuba

Curaçao

Czech Republic

Former:

Denmark

In Greenland:

In Bornholm:

Dominican Republic

Former:

Egypt

El Salvador

  • San Salvador, El Salvador – Jesus (the Christian Savior)

Estonia

  • Valga (Latvian: Valka)– possibly after the de Walko (de Walco) family.

Former:

Falkland Islands

Finland

France

Gabon

Germany

Former:

Ghana

Greece

Further information: List of Greek place names

Guyana

Hong Kong

Hungary

Former:

Iceland

India

Iran

Former:

Iraq

Ashur Assyria

Ireland (Republic of)

Former:

Israel

Former:

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Former:

Kyrgyzstan

  • Shopokov – Soviet Kyrgyz World War II hero Duyshenkul Shopokov.

Former:

  • Frunze was the name of Bishkek from 1926 through 1991 – Mikhail Frunze
  • Przhevalsk was the name of Karakol from 1888 through 1921 and 1939 through 1991 – Nikolai Przhevalsky

Latvia

Former:

Lebanon

Former:

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

Liberia

Libya

Luxembourg

Macedonia (Republic of)

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Mongolia

Montenegro

Former:

  • Titograd was the name of Podgorica in the years 1946–1992 – Josip Broz Tito
  • Ivangrad was the name of Berane in the years 1946–1992 – Ivan Milutinovic

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nicaragua

  • gihasio

Nigeria

Norway

Former:

Pakistan

Former:

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Philippines

Poland

Former:

Portugal

  • Lisbon (Latin, Olisipo, Olisipo Felicitas Iulia, Felicitas Julia Olissipo, Ulyssipolis, Ulisseia) – Ulysses

Romania

Former:

Russia

Former:

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Senegal

Serbia

Former:

Somalia

Former:

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

South Africa

Western Cape

Eastern Cape

Northern Cape

Free State

Gauteng

KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo

  • Louis Trichardt – Louis Trichardt

Mpumalanga

North West

  • Brits - Gert Brits, owner of the farm on which the town was developed [4]
  • Christiana - Christiana Pretorius, daughter of president Marthinus Wessels Pretorius [4]
  • Coligny - Admiral Gaspard II de Coligny [4]
  • Delareyville - General Jacobus de la Rey [4]
  • Klerksdorp – Jacob de Clerq
  • Potchefstroom - the first syllable comes from the surname of the town's founder Andries Hendrik Potgieter
  • Schweizer Reneke - Captain Schweizer and Field Cornet Reneke [4]
  • Ventersdorp – Johannes Venter, owner of the farm on which the town was developed [4]
  • Wolmaransstad - J.M.A. Wolmarans
  • Zeerust - Diederick Coetzee (the town was originally named 'Coetzee-Rust') [4]

Former:

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Former:

Spain

Former:

Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Former:

Tajikistan

Former:

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Former:

Turkmenistan

Uganda

Ukraine

Former:

United Kingdom

Great Britain

Northern Ireland

United States

United States Virgin Islands

Uruguay

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

Former:

  • Thành Thái Phien was the name of Da Nang in 1945 – revolutionary Thái Phiên

Zambia

Former:

Zimbabwe

Former:

See also

References

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