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Cities Named for Saints Quiz

Name the biggest USA and World cities named for a saint.
  • Population for world cities is the entire metro area
  • For U.S. cities, it is the city population only
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PopulationU.S. City
1,373,668
1,306,301
964,695
815,358
340,340
356,587
281,262
244,324
PopulationWorld City
19,889,559
4,575,000
3,813,214
2,509,007
2,100,000
1,611,616
1,594,926
1,227,659
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BrowncoatBob
(28)
I had no idea we were allowed to use 'san' cities
Jan 3, 2011
krthom03
(0)
shouldn't it be St. Paul MN, not MO?
Jan 3, 2011
Quizmaster
Yes. Fixed!
Jan 3, 2011
mykl
(0)
good quiz, but what about Santiago?
Jan 3, 2011
Quizmaster
Dang it! Missed that one. I reset the quiz to include it.
Jan 3, 2011
marceloOrigoni
(22)
No no no, Santiago is not based on a saint, Santiago it's a name, and a lot of cities are named like that (Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Compostela, Santiago del Estero, and there is one in Cuba I can't recall the name) Santiago should be removed
Jan 3, 2011
(34)
Santiago should be added. There are many cities named Santiago, however they are all named in honor of Saint James the Great. In order to distinguish these cities the name also usually includes an additional location, such as Santiago de Chile, Santiago de Compostella, etc. Santiago, might be used as a name now, but it originally was a saint's name.
Jul 14, 2014
helodangelo
(33)
All Santiagos are named after San Tiago, much like all Santanas are named from Santa Ana... It's a contraction
Jul 22, 2014
potiusmori
(0)
Santiago is based on Saint James. There are a lot of Santiagos, though.
Jan 3, 2011
Quizmaster
Indeed. But only one Santiago with a great enough population to qualify.
Jan 3, 2011
(71)
Santiago is Saint James.
Jan 3, 2011
marceloOrigoni
(22)
@dwo, where did you get that? I'm spanish speaker, I was born and I live in argentina, and I can assure you Santiago, is not saint James. That is simply wrong. Santiago is not a saint, Santiago is a name
Jan 5, 2011
Yoshio
(16)
This is an argument from authority, which leads to logical fallacy. Your being born in a Spanish speaking country and speaking Spanish, proves nothing. Santiago is a conjunction of the word Saint and a name "Jacob", later James. That it today is used together as a single names does not disprove its origin.
Sep 19, 2014
icazares
(32)
This quiz is wrong about Santiago. While it's true that the city was named on behalf of St. James, it's only b/c St. James' remains are buried in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. So it's not named after the saint, but after the city as a homage to the saint. I hope this helps clarify.
Jan 6, 2011
mykl
(0)
@marceloOrigoni, I don't like quoting from wikipedia, but according to the entry for Santiago de Compostela: "Santiago is the local Galician evolution of Vulgar Latin Sanctu Iacobu "Saint James"", which makes sense as the cathedral holds the shrine of St James. From the entry for Chilean Santiago: "Santiago was founded by Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia on February 12, 1541 with the name Santiago del Nuevo Extremo, as a homage to Saint James and Extremadura"
Jan 6, 2011
marceloOrigoni
(22)
@mykl, then why Buenos Aires is not in the list? the complete name is Santa María de los Buenos Aires (Saint Mary of the Good/Fair Airs). As icazares set, Santiago de Chile (note the city in the quiz is not Santiago de Compostela), was named after the galician city, not after the saint. I insist, Santiago should not be there, and if you place santiago, I demand placing Buenos Aires in the list
Jan 10, 2011
(34)
That might have been the original name, but the current legal name of Buenos Aires is Ciudad Autonomo de Buenos Aires (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires).
Jul 14, 2014
Quizmaster
So after more reflection I took Santiago off, even though it is named after a saint. Because, yeah, then I'd have to add Buenos Aires, and maybe even more cities which wouldn't make for a very fun quiz.
Jan 12, 2011
(46)
Santiago should go back on, because Buenos Aires' name no longer has anything to do with saints.
May 18, 2014
dhraego
(51)
You left out the oldest city in America, St. Augustine
Nov 4, 2011
(60)
It's "name the biggest", not "name the oldest". St. Augustine is less than 20,000 population.
Jul 24, 2014
horsehead717
(43)
There was no saint named Salvador. There were a couple of Salvatores, but I don't think either one is who the city is named after. The problem is that San/Santo/Santa in Spanish not only means "saint" but also "holy." Thus San Salvador is actually named after the Holy Savior, i.e. Jesus Christ. Likewise, there was never a saint named Cruz. Santa Cruz is Spanish for Holy Cross. Also, though it's not on the list, the same thing is true for Santa Fe, NM, which simply means Holy Faith. Also, I agree with others that Santiago should count, since it actually is named after a saint. Leaving Buenos Aires off is justifiable, since although it may be named for a saint, no one ever calls it by that name so no one would ever guess it.
Nov 18, 2011
(57)
and this
Aug 20, 2013
(0)
I agree, Santa Cruz refers the cross, not a person. I think that one should be removed. And I'm also missing Santiago.
Aug 3, 2012
(47)
I think Paulo should be accepted w/o the 'sao', as I stopped trying when that wasn't accepted and missed it...
Sep 11, 2012
(42)
Typing Sao Paolo works, but not Paolo alone. :/
Sep 17, 2012
Quizmaster
Fixed. Thanks!
Sep 17, 2012
(66)
Not fixed. Paolo works, but the city name is Sao Paulo, and Paulo does not work,.
May 29, 2014
Quizmaster
Fixed for real!
May 29, 2014
Nix418
(25)
You missed Sao Tome, the capital of Sao Tome and Principe...it is named that way in honor of Saint Thomas :)....and what about Santa Monica? I am not from USA so I don´t know the story about Santa Monica! :)
Oct 20, 2012
dengar9256
(43)
I thought of those too but they don't have big enough populations.
Mar 27, 2014
birdman1
(33)
Translated, Santiago (San Tiago) is Saint James in spanish. The only difference here is that it is written in only one word. I believe you should consider including it.
Jan 19, 2013
sherlock424
(28)
Interesting comments on all the "saint" names and versions. But, just for fun, why is San Juan, Puerto Rico listed under world cities. Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the USA
Jan 28, 2013
(57)
I don't understand the arguments for not including Santiago at all. So what if another city had the same name first? Because Washington DC existed before Washington state, Washington state is not named for the first president?
Aug 20, 2013
(57)
Santiago should be added back. Many cities are named after other cities that were in turn named after something (in this case a saint), and I'm sure you could find other examples of that even on this quiz. I found this a lot when I was making my own quizzes about country and state name etymology. Often the names of US States come from nearby rivers or villages, but those rivers or villages were in turn named after something or have names with some meaning. For example, Ohio was named for the Ohio River. The Ohio River gets its name from an Indian word for "big river." It's not inaccurate to say that the name of the state of Ohio means big river.

Buenos Aires wouldn't have to be added if you just added a caveat that you're going by common names and not the longer, official names that are so common with Latin American cities. Easy.
Apr 16, 2014
(34)
You could include Los Angeles (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula) which is named after Mary, whom Catholics revere as the highest of saints.
Feb 28, 2014
(57)
^yeah, see? Almost every city in the Americas named by the Spanish has some ridiculously overlong name about some Catholic saint that nobody uses. But we can safely exclude those if we just go by common names. The common name of Los Angeles means "the angels."
Apr 16, 2014
(40)
Nevertheless, it was still "named for a saint", and that is the topic of this quiz (:
Jul 14, 2014
(45)
If Diego is taken for San Diego and Paul is accepted for St. Paul, Paulo should be accepted for Sao Paulo
Apr 29, 2014
ander217
(55)
Missed Santa Ana because I couldn't spell it - Anna instead of Ana.
Jun 9, 2014
loganite
(56)
Why is San Juan, Puerto Rico listed under world cities instead of U.S. cities?
Jun 13, 2014
(56)
And since the US is part of the world, the largest US cities should appear in both lists
Jun 20, 2014
(40)
If you count Jesus as a saint (cf. San Salvador), you should also include the Texan city Corpus Christi. And you definitely must not miss Los Angeles, originally El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the Porciúncula River). You should probably also include the capital of Paraguay Asunción, named after the Assumption of Our Lady. And maybe some others I cannot now think of as well (:
Jul 14, 2014
(40)
Another suggestion, after carefully reading all the comments. The Quizmaster could easily escape all troubles by renaming this quiz. Instead of asking for "cities named for a saint", the quiz could be called "cities with a saint in their name", and then it would be reasonable to ask only of the most commonly used form (i.e. excluding Buenos Aires, Los Angeles and suchlike).
Jul 14, 2014
(30)
Santiago is named after st James, it should be added. And if not, at least it should be explained, I've passed at least 30 seconds trying various way to write it!
Sep 18, 2014
Yoshio
(16)
Santiago should be in this list. Conjunction of Saint and "Jacob", later James.
Sep 19, 2014
lstep
(28)
What about St David? its tiny but still a city in Wales
Sep 26, 2014
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