Place Names of India and Sri Lanka
Indian Place Names Dictionary

Discover the Key to Indian & Sri Lankan Place Names

This site gathers together research on the origins of the most common place names in India & Sri Lanka: states, cities, towns, districts and more.

It attempts the impossible because India & Sri Lanka are part of a subcontinent with millions of place names, tens of thousands of languages and thousands of years of history.

But it seemed to me that someone should make a start. And a site which included all places large enough to be a District, or interesting enough to attract tourists and archaeologists, seemed about right.

What is contained here is more than a simple collection of names and their origins. Every place name is a door which, when opened, can reveal its unique history and geography.

It is also a map and a record of political, religious, economic, social, natural and cultural history; showing how personalities, events, communities and changing landscapes have shaped modern India and modern Sri Lanka.

How to use this site

You can search on the HOME page (this one) using the search box above or by state using the states list on the right.

On the PLACE NAMES page (see Menu above) you can also search or browse alphabetically.

On the CONTACT ME page (see Menu above) you can suggest changes or new place names you think should be included.

The LANGUAGES/DICTIONARIES page (see link in the bar below) lists the languages referred to on this site, their abbreviations, and dictionaries consulted.

SOURCES (see link in the bar below) is a useful list of books and references used on this site.

PLACE NAMES ELEMENTS (see link in the bar below) lists the most common components that make up South Asian place names.

This is a site under construction – bear with me – I am uploading daily.

 

 

Indian Place Names Dictionary

Discover the Key to Indian & Sri Lankan Place Names

This site gathers together research on the origins of the most common place names in India & Sri Lanka: states, cities, towns, districts and more.

It attempts the impossible because India & Sri Lanka are part of a subcontinent with millions of place names, tens of thousands of languages and thousands of years of history.

But it seemed to me that someone should make a start. And a site which included all places large enough to be a District, or interesting enough to attract tourists and archaeologists, seemed about right.

What is contained here is more than a simple collection of names and their origins. Every place name is a door which, when opened, can reveal its unique history and geography.

It is also a map and a record of political, religious, economic, social, natural and cultural history; showing how personalities, events, communities and changing landscapes have shaped modern India and modern Sri Lanka.

How to use this site

You can search on the HOME page (this one) using the search box above or by state using the states list on the right.

On the PLACE NAMES page (see Menu above) you can also search or browse alphabetically.

On the CONTACT ME page (see Menu above) you can suggest changes or new place names you think should be included.

This is a site under construction – bear with me – I am uploading daily.

 

Indian Place Names Dictionary