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Capital City Etymologies

We describe the origin of the name. You guess the capital city.
Answer must correspond to the yellow box
With credit to users rwwt and joez
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Last updated: June 26, 2019
First submittedJune 25, 2019
Times taken9,272
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Capital
Named after the first President of the U.S.
Washington D.C.
"Saint Joseph" in Spanish
San José
"Fair Winds" in Spanish
Buenos Aires
Named after a victorious general at the Battle of Waterloo
Wellington
Perhaps named after the goddess of wisdom (but more likely she is named for the city)
Athens
Named after a local tribe, not a character from "The Iliad"
Paris
According to legend, it was named after its first king after he killed his brother Remus
Rome
"Saint James" in Spanish
Santiago
"The Peace" in Spanish
La Paz
Its current name, meaning "Red Hero", was given in 1924 after the
country became communist
Ulaanbaatar
Named after the fifth President of the U.S.
Monrovia
From ancient Greek Σόφια, meaning "wisdom"
Sofia
In its own language its name means simply "capital", spelled 서울
Seoul
"Three Cities" in Greek
Tripoli
"Saint Thomas" in Portuguese
São Tomé
Named because of its position on the Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town
Originally known as Edo, its name was changed to mean "Eastern Capital" in 1868
Tokyo
"City of Islam"
Islamabad
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level 64
Jun 25, 2019
Looking forward to see this extended for all capital names with known etymology. ;-)
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level 61
Jun 25, 2019
good quiz !
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level 75
Jun 25, 2019
Tripoli is so obvious I retrospect
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level 62
Jun 26, 2019
yea I expected that one to be one of the higher ones, not lowest... weird.
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level 83
Jun 26, 2019
I had no idea, but typed in 'Triopolis' and thankfully it jumped out at me.
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level 66
Aug 31, 2019
It’s probably because we don’t link modern Libya with Greek culture. It became obvious once I stopped thinking of “Greek countries” and instead just sounded it out.
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level 70
Jun 25, 2019
Belgrade (Beograd) = White City.
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level 72
Jun 25, 2019
If my capital is named after a victorious general at Waterloo (which I hadn't known until now), that is ridiculously obscure. Kiwis had better get that name changed!
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level ∞
Jun 26, 2019
Are you pulling my leg?
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level 70
Jun 26, 2019
What?
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level 61
Jun 28, 2019
What seems to be the problem? Maybe you like the Maori name better: Te Whanganui-a-Tara.
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level 58
Aug 31, 2019
Haha
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level 63
Aug 31, 2019
It's hard to know what to address first. You may need to repeat primary school, but at least you've got juice boxes and nap times to look forward to.
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level 67
Sep 1, 2019
All levels of school have much better things to do than teaching the minutiae of the Napoleonic Wars. Jerry's an intelligent guy. And humble enough not to feel threatened by not knowing some aspect of trivia.
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level 75
Sep 1, 2019
Should have called it Blucher instead
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level 75
Jun 26, 2019
The column header for the answers says "Country" instead of "City" or "Capital"
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level 69
Jun 26, 2019
Fun and interesting quiz! However, the answer box asks for a "country" rather than a "city".
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level ∞
Jun 26, 2019
Okay, fixed
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level 69
Jun 27, 2019
Audibly "huh!" 'd after reading Tripoli. I never thought about it before and just would have assumed it had an Arabic etymology if I actually did think about it for a second.
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level 66
Aug 31, 2019
Ottawa : To trade. Adawe in Algonquian language. Comes from the name of natives who were trading along the river Outaouais near the actual capital of Canada.
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level 63
Aug 31, 2019
Actually, it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "the good land."
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level 77
Aug 31, 2019
Do these guys know how to party or what?
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level 73
Sep 5, 2019
Ottawa is pronounced Milwaukee? Huh.
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level 66
Aug 31, 2019
In tonight’s match up, we’ve got the Northern Capital vs. the Northern Platform! Who will win?
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level 44
Aug 31, 2019
How come Paris is so low? Even lower than Ulaanbaatar...
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level 66
Sep 1, 2019
I was confused by it at first, as I thought that it was saying that it was named after a local tribe featured in the Iliad.
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level 43
Sep 7, 2019
um....typed in cape town twice, didnt work
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level 43
Sep 7, 2019
nevermind, mustve spelled it wrong somehow