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1. A place name.
2. A name derived from a place or region.

[Back-formation from toponymy.]

top′o·nym′ic, top′o·nym′i·cal adj.


1. the name of a place
2. any name derived from a place name


(ˈtɒp ə nɪm)

a place name.


1. a place name.
2. a personal name derived from a place name.
See also: Names
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toponym - the name by which a geographical place is knowntoponym - the name by which a geographical place is known
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
troponomy, troponymy - the place names of a region or a language considered collectively
References in periodicals archive ?
According to another version, the toponym Anig is associated with the name of the Hun tribe.
In other words, there are two possible ways for a toponym to emerge: either (1) a new name is created on the basis of common names (apellative > toponym) or (2) an extant name is transferred to a place (proprium > toponym) (see also Ainiala, Saarelma, Sjoblom 2012 : 68; Brink 2016 : 159; Pall 1977 : 136).
However, the exact location has always remained a mystery, and the toponym is mired in controversy.
Moose Head Hills, the toponym Grand Rapids was almost certainly a
A Roman toponym for southeast coastal Africa, "Azania" became a rallying cry among South African black activists during the struggle for liberation.
The site name Liinamagi, is a common toponym of old strongholds, and probably why it received attention.
Llanos explores the funerary, legal, and royal mythological associations developed around the toponym Naref, a conspicuous landmark of the Herakleopolitan territory (the 20th Upper Egyptian nome), which are first attested in the so-called Coffin Texts and endure until the last religious productions.
A record company which is named after a capital which is named after a national toponym which is named after an explorer which is named, ultimately, after a bird.
In each a handful of carefully selected stories is told, each hinging on a particular toponym and what it means for the community in question, historically, socially, and linguistically, for example in the discussion of 'Lizzies' (Queen Elizabeth Lookout, on Norfolk Island):
While Taylor notes that the Khmer toponym Prey Nokor (or "forest capital") encompasses both the city and the uplands, and draws an analogy between the contemporary practice of labour migration and the traditional "forest sojourns" of Khmer hermits (p.
257); whilst "Gordon" is a Scots Gaelic toponym meaning "spacious fort" (p.
The toponym referred broadly to the eastern end of the Straits and signified the status of Chateau Bay as an important landmark and destination for early Atlantic crossings (Cartier's record does not reveal if he ever entered Chateau Bay).