Atlas Of True Names [Pic+]

Submitted by: LordJim 3 years ago in Misc

Place names translated to their original meaning.
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Male 5,872
@QueenZira:
London. "Unfordable River Town" has since been reclassified: "Unaffordable River Town".
"Swampy Hole" is not far from the truth; it`s still a sith-hole.
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Female 2,228
LordJim, It was a good one, once I was able to fill in the missing info. I`m always willing to learn something new, particularly when I`m not from around thereabouts.

Byfield I thought Ireland was named after Eriu, a local tribal goddess in the native tongue. Which is what makes me question the definition of "Land to the West." But your story is good too XD
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Male 7,123
On consideration I think I will buy the UK map. At six quid it`s a bargain.
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Male 7,123
Sort of sounds like `road rage` only not quite ... um .. it was funny at the time. It was in the pub.
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Male 464
You know what Ireland used to be called? Hibernia. Which means `Wintry`. The romans went there, decided it was pooe, left and effectively called it `pooehole`. Ireland used to be named `Winter hellhole`.

The more you know.
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Male 7,123
The blue dye was called `woad` (apparently the plant is a member of the mustard family.)

Hence being paid to wear woad ...
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Female 2,228
LordJim "Woad wage"? I don`t quite get that one forgive me. Please elaborate for the curious clueless Yank ;-)
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Female 2,228
"Land of the Little Big Hills" took the words right outta my mouth, Mass. landscape is full of crazy rocky rolling slopes and cliffs.

Although Nevada puzzles me, "Snowy Land"? Really? Not the first thing that comes to mind...

Mexico and New Mexico are contenders for best names on the continent IMO.

And "Strait of the Great Spirit"? Why so poetic Canada?
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Male 7,123
QueenZira,

Painting themselves blue, yeah. I had a friend who was an extra on Braveheart. He referred to his earnings as `Woad wage`.
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Female 2,228
Madduck you guys are "Great Land of the Tattooed," it`s like you`ve never been able to live down that whole "They paint themselves blue" thing huh? ;-)

And some ancient map maker was in a particularly bad (and blunt) mood when they named London. "Unfordable River Town". Right there in "Swampy Hole."

Don`t feel too bad, we have the same poor sense of location as you do. Where do you think D.C is? XD
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Male 7,123
VicAginal,

`Louis` means `famous warrior` and `Charles` means `free man.`
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Male 7,123
madduck,

If you click on the link at the top of the page you can access UK, Europe, Canada or the world.
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Male 17,512
Chicago = Stink Onions

LOL
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Male 334
Gerry, i think you got it backwords.. middle earth names were not the inspiration for shire.. shires were the inspiration for the middle earth names. To bad that the middle earth names now seem to have so much meaning that peeps think that this is the original.
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Male 213
Damn censorship - I see what happened. Ferdyfred tried to type Sh**terton and it bowdlerised it to pooterton, similarly Great Roosterup for Great C***up.
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Male 213
@FerdyFred
Don`t forget Fingringhoe, pooterton, Pratt`s Bottom, (a village in Kent where James Bond`s aunt(?) lived), Bell End, and my favourite pub:
The Prickwell Inn
Tillit
Herts.
OK I made one of them up.
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Male 5,872
Didn`t see `Land of the red-neck bigot`.
Never mind, here`s one for Gerry:

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Male 13,630
@Gerry1of1
We have Affpuddle, Badger`s Mount, Booby Dingle,
Gay Street, Great roosterup, Helions Bumpstead,
Lickham Bottom, Sandy Balls, pooterton, Slack Bottom, The Bastard, Twatt, Wyre Piddle
For a few
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Male 39,524

madduck, [quote]"Only the US then.."[/quote]
You`ve already got Kinrosshire, Nairnshire, & Kincardineshire! You`re got freakin` "shires"!!!! You can`t get more middle-earth than a shire!
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Male 39,524

Peabody, [quote]"I wonder what the meaning of the Grand Tetons is"[/quote]
It means "large treat" in French. In this case "treat" means "breast" as early French fur trappers named the mountains "Trios Tetons" or `3 breasts`. Later that became the Grand Tetons and the nicer translation of "treats" not "teets"
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Female 7,981
Only the US then..
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Male 13,630
We should revert back to those names
sounds a hell of a lot more interesting
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Male 1,920
Hmmm.... I wonder what the meaning of the Grand Tetons is....
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Male 22
this is bullpoo. louisiana was named for the king of france, the carolinas were named for some english hoe, indiana, is the land of the `indians`
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Male 7,123
Link: Atlas Of True Names [Pic+] [Rate Link] - Place names translated to their original meaning.
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