How Names of Places Reveal the Location’s History

Host Dr. Erica Brozovsky, PhD of the PBS series Otherwords digs into the vibrant etymological origins of toponyms (place names) behind different locations around the world and how these names tell the history of the people who once made there home there.

Place names, known as “toponyms” do more than just help us know where we’re supposed to meet up. They often provide clues that can tell you a lot about a location: its geography, history and the people who lived there.

Place Names