Adages named after people

List of places named after people

There are a number of places named after famous people. For more on the general etymology of place names see toponomy. For other lists of eponyms (names derived from people) see eponym.

Continents

Countries

This is a summary of country name etymologies.

Former countries

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, or after their notable sons.

Afghanistan

Argentina

Armenia

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*Akhundov was the name of PunikMirza Fatali Akhundov, author
*Azizbekov was the name of AregnademMeshadi Azizbekov, Soviet revolutionary
*Azizbekov was the name of Vayk – Meshadi Azizbekov
*Azizbekov was the name of Zarritap – Meshadi Azizbekov
*Batikian was the name of Gandzak, ArmeniaBatik Batikian (1892-1920), Communist martyr
*Danushavan was the name of AygehatDanush Shahverdian, Armenian politician and diplomat
*Ghukasyan was the name of AshotskGhukas Ghukasian, founder of Armenia's Communist Youth Movement
*Imeni Beriya was the name of Shahumyan, AraratLavrentiy Beria, Soviet politician and head of the secret police
*Imeni Beriya was the name of Zhdanov, Armavir – Lavrentiy Beria
*Imeni Stalina was the name of Sovkhoz Nomer ShestJoseph Stalin
*Imeni Voroshilova was the name of Hatsik, ArmavirKliment Voroshilov, Marshal of the Soviet Union
*Kalinin was the name of NoramargMikhail Kalinin, Soviet leader
*Kalinino was the name of Tashir – Mikhail Kalinin
*Kamo was the name of GavarKamo (Bolshevik), (1882-1922), nom de guerre of Simon Ter-Petrossian
*Kirov was the name of AmrakitsSergey Kirov, early Bolshevik leader
*Kirov was the name of Taperakan – Sergey Kirov
*Kirovakan was the name of Vanadzor – Sergey Kirov
*Kirovka was the name of Mamai, Armenia – Sergey Kirov
*Kuybyshev was the name of Haghartsin, ArmeniaValerian Kuybyshev, Soviet leader
*Maksim Gorkiy was the name of BovadzorMaxim Gorky, Soviet author
*Mikoyan was the name of YeghegnadzorAnastas Mikoyan, Soviet leader
*Mravyan was the name of YeghipatrushAskanaz Mravyan, leader of Soviet Armenia
*Ordzhonikidze was the name of Vahan, ArmeniaSergo Ordzhonikidze, Soviet leader
*Samed Vurgun was the name of HovkSamad Vurgun, Soviet poet
*Shavarshavan was the name of Koti, ArmeniaShavarsh Amirkhanian, leader of the precursor to the Armenian KGB
*Spandaryan was the name of SilikyanSuren Spandarian, Armenian revolutionary
*Tumanyan was the name of DseghHovhannes Tumanyan, writer
*Vagharshapat was the name of Echmiadzin – King Vagharshak
*Vorontsovka was the name of Tashir – Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, viceroy of the Caucasus

Australia

*Bentleigh, VictoriaThomas Bent
*Brunswick, VictoriaCaroline, Duchess of Brunswick
*Fawkner and Pascoe Vale, VictoriaJohn Pascoe Fawkner
*Fitzroy, Victoria – Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy
*Lalor, VictoriaPeter Lalor (indirectly - via Peter Lalor Home-Building Cooperative Society)
*Scoresby, VictoriaWilliam Scoresby
*Seddon, VictoriaRichard Seddon
*Spotswood, Victoria – Louisa Jane Spotswood, wife of Richard Seddon
*Truganina, VictoriaTruganini
*Tullamarine, VictoriaTullamareena
*Williamstown, VictoriaKing William IV
*Wonga Park, VictoriaSimon Wonga

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

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*Martuni is the name given by the Nagorno Karabakh Republic to Khojavend (city)Aleksandr Myasnikyan, first Communist president of Armenia, whose nom de guerre was "Martuni"
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*Ali Bayramli was the name of ShirvanAli Bayramov, early Bolshevik
*Azizbekovo was the name of BasqalMeshadi Azizbekov, Soviet revolutionary
*Elizavetpol was the name of Ganja – Czarina Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)
*Frunze was the name of SuvorovkaMikhail Frunze, Bolshevik leader
*Il’ichëvsk and Ilich were names of ŞərurVladimir Ilich Lenin
*Imeni Kirova was the name of BankəSergey Kirov
*Imeni Kirova and Kirova were names of Yeni Suraxanı – Sergey Kirov
*Kaganovich was the name of QaraçuxurLazar Kaganovich, Soviet politician
*Kalinin was the name of BurunqovaqMikhail Kalinin, Soviet leader
*Kalininkend was the name of Vurğun – Mikhail Kalinin
*Kirovabad was the name of GanjaSergey Kirov
*Kirovkənd and Kirovka were names of Həsənsu – Sergey Kirov
*Kirovkənd was the name of Ənvər Məmmədxanlı, Azerbaijan – Sergey Kirov
*Kuybyshev was the name of ÖlcələrValerian Kuybyshev, Soviet revolutionary
*Lenin, Leninkend, and Leninfeld were names of Çinarlı, ShamkirLenin
*Leninabad was the name of Sanqalan – Lenin
*Leninabad was the name of Təklə, Gobustan – Lenin
*Leninavan was the name of Həsənqaya, Tartar – Lenin
*Molotov was the name of OktyabrkəndVyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician
*Musabekov was the name of ZəhmətkəndGazanfar Musabekov, Soviet politician
*Myasnikovabad was the name of Əliabad, NakhchivanGavril Myasnikov, Bolshevik revolutionary
*Narimankend was the name of QoşakəndNariman Narimanov, revolutionary
*Orconikidze was the name of Nərimankənd, GadabaySergo Ordzhonikidze
*Pamyat’ Lenina was the name of BalıqçılarLenin
*Perozabad was the name of Barda, AzerbaijanPeroz I
*Port-İliç was the name of Liman, Azerbaijan – Lenin
*Rəsulzadə was the name of Yeni SuraxanıMammed Amin Rasulzade, Azeri statesman
*Shahumyan was the name of Aşağı AğcakəndStepan Shahumyan, Bolshevik commissar
*Shaumyan-Akhtachi was the name of Axtaçı, Sabirabad – Stepan Shahumyan
*Stalin was the name of Sabail raionJoseph Stalin
*Stalino was the name of Çaylı, Tartar – Joseph Stalin
*V.İ.Lenin was the name of Böyük Kəsik – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
*Voroshilovka was the name of AşıqlıKliment Voroshilov, Marshal of the Soviet Union
*Yelizavetpol was the name of Ganja – Czarina Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)
*Zhdanov was the name of BeylaganAndrei Zhdanov

Barbados

Belarus

Belgium

Bermuda

Bolivia

Botswana

Brazil

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

Bulgaria

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Canada

Chile

Republic of the Congo

Croatia

Czech Republic

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Denmark

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Dominican Republic

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Egypt

Estonia

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Falkland Islands

Finland

France

Gabon

Germany

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Greece

Guyana

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland (Republic of)

Israel

Italy

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

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Kyrgyzstan

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Lebanon

Former:

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

Liberia

Libya

Malta

Mauritius

Mexico

Namibia

Netherlands

Netherlands Antilles

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Nigeria

Norway

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Panama

Papua New Guinea

Paraguay

Philippines

Poland

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Portugal

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

Romania

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Russia

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Senegal

Serbia

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Obrenovac – Milos Obrenovic

South Africa

Spain

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Sudan

Sweden

Switzerland

Syria

Tajikistan

Trinidad and Tobago

Turkey

Turkmenistan

Uganda

  • Fort Portal – Sir Gerald Portal (British commissioner)
  • Port Bell – Sir Hesketh Bell (British commissioner)

Ukraine

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United Kingdom

England

Northern Ireland

United States

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

United States Virgin Islands

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

Vietnam

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Zambia

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