Inspiring and Entertaining: World Maps with Etymological Names

I sadly can’t recall where I found this, but it’s a nice piece of entertaining inspiration.

The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today’s maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States.
For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated, the Atlas gives you “The Tawny One”, derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.
The ‘True Names’ of 3000 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on these four fascinating maps, each of which includes a comprehensive index of derivations.

I think one of my favourites was: ‘From the Fort of the Illustrious One’.

Check out some of the maps here: http://www.kalimedia.com/Atlas_of_True_Names.html

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