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.
An Extraordinary World Map Of Literally Translated City Names
Capital whose name means "Red Hero" - Answers with 9 Letters
Controlling territories through military might and the construction of fortresses, the kingdom boasted a lively production in the arts, especially metalwork. Surviving only two centuries, the kingdom mysteriously disappeared in the 6th century BCE and was only rediscovered as a distinct and recognisable ancient culture by excavations carried out in the 19th century CE. The history of Urartu remains fragmentary due to a lack of extended written sources and an overreliance on potentially biased sources from contemporary enemy states such as Assyria. Urartu sprang from a confederation of kingdoms which had developed from the 14th or 13th century BCE onwards.
List of national capital city name etymologies
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 :.