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United States Place Names
Names Information System (GNIS) - GNIS contains entries for almost
2,000,000 geographic features in the United States. Each entry includes
information about Federally recognized names for features in the United
States, including the State, county, and geographic coordinates. Produced
by the US Board of Geographic Names and the US Geological Survey.
Gazetteer - The US Gazetteer is a list of United States place names
that were included in the 1990 census. Since it was derived from census
data, this database only contains names for populated places.
Place Name Sites for US States
World Place Name Sites
World Place Names Server - GEOnet is a database of World place names developed from the country gazetteers that were published by the US Defense Mapping Agency (now the National Imagery and Mapping Agency). It contains place names for over 3.3 million features throughout the World.
- Alexandria Digital Library Gazeteer Server - This gazetteer contains place names for the entire World, including the United States. It is based on gazetteer information from a number of sources, including GEOnet and GNIS.
- GeoNative - A site that deals with Minority and Native Language place names.
- Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names - The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) provides information on place names related to art, art history and related subjects, such as history archeology, and geography.
Seeker - Shtetl Seeker is a searchable database that provides information on the location of populated places in Eastern Europe, many of which no longer exist.
Country Place Names
Place Names in Belgium - An alphabetical list of cities, towns and hamlets in Belgium. This site gives the postal code and province for cities, towns and villages in Belgium.
Geographical Names / Les noms géographiques du Canada - The Canadian Geographical Names site, produced by Natural Resources Canada, provides access to a searchable database containing over 500,000 place names in Canada. Information on the origins of some Canadian place names can be found at the Geographical Names Origins site.
Place Names in Denmark - This site contains alphabetical lists of authorized place names in Denmark. Each list contains information on place names the parish and the administrative district. In Danish.
Place Names Database of Estonia - Since it declared its independence in 1991, Estonia has renamed a number of places. This site is a searchable database that contains current names for places in Estonia as well as variant names.
- Finland - The National Land Survey of Finland's MapSite. Registration required.
- Communes Search - The searchable database of French parishes and townships from the Institut Géographique National.
- Place Names Search - The searchable database of over 2,000,000 French place names from the Institut Géographique National.
- Landranger Map Place Names Search - This site allows users to search for place names appearing on the Landranger maps. For each place name searched, this system provides information on the Landranger map number that contains the place, the type of feature and its latitude and longitude.
- Get a Map - The Ordnance Survey's Get a Map system.
- Multimap.com Interactive Atlas - A site that provides detailed maps when a British place name is entered.
- British Online Historical Gazetteer - A system to query historical place names listed in the Parish tables from the 1911 census.
- Parish Database - A database of over 14000 churches and register offices in the United Kingdom from the UK and Ireland Genealogy Web Site.
Hungary - An alphabetical list of cities in Hungary with their population.
Luxembourg Gazetteer of Villages and Towns - An alphabetical list of place names in Luxembourgish with their French and German equivalents.
New Zealand Geographic Place-Names Database - A database of over 40,000 place names that appear on current New Zealand topographic maps and some historical maps.
Project Perseus Atlas - Locate and plot sites related to the Greek world and the Mediterranean region. The atlas has drawings, digital elevation models, satellite images and three-dimensional topographic views.
Scandinavia - The Nordic Place Names Database, hosted by the National Land Survey of Finland, contains place names for Denmark, Faeroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Norway and Sweden. Registration required
Scotland - Two sites are available for Scotland. They are:
- Gazetteer for Scotland - This site describes itself as a comprehensive geographical database of "towns, villages, bens and glens from the Scottish Borders to the Northern Isles."
- Scottish Parishes - Scottish Place Names Society's list of parishes in Scotland.
Sweden - Two sites are available for Sweden. They are:
- Switzerland - SwissGeo is a database that can be used to search for a place by name or address and view the 1:50,000 topographic map showing that place.
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