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Please tell us what you know about place names and any history of your area. Towns and villages, spruits and rivers, mounds and mountains or just little or big places with a special meaning. Some of this knowledge comes from books but much comes from familly and friends. What do the older people know ? Listen to what they say and post it all here if you wish to share the story: If you wish to provide us with your contact information, we will be able to reply to you.
Your comments on the Web Site are also welcome. Perhaps you could also try this little quiz to get the brain working;
Do you know the name of the place where this man is standing?
Do you know where Musi's Donga is?
Where is this coat of arms to be seen? What is the meaning of the Umgungundlovu?
More road signs, Do you know where these are?
What can you tell us about these places? - This is just 7 out of several thousand names in Southern Africa, chosen by chance, and just look at the variety of language!
And have you heard all these names for Johannesburg? - send a mail to the webmaster if you know the meaning of any of these names.
ONOMASTICS: The study of names and the methods of naming.
Anthroponym: The name given to a person, e.g.: John (Personal name).
Ethnonym: The name of a race of people, Shangaan,Celtic or Basque.
Name given to a place, e.g.:
Teknonym: A name given to someone which relates them to someone else like - Son of Anders.
Patronym: A familly or dynastic name; The Smiths or The Merovingians
A name taken from someone.