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  • adj. of, or relating to a toponym
  • adj. named after a place

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to toponymy: as, toponymic terminology.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • This immediately smells like false parsing to me since one could equally come up with other ad hoc 'toponymic formants' like *-asia and find examples like Ocrasia and Planasia to serve as 'evidence' with far too much ease to suit my skeptical nature.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • An associate of the Poor Catholics, Ermengaud of Béziers, wrote the polemic Contra haereticos between 1200 and 1210; it focused on the Cathars but included some material on the Waldenses. 15 Ermengaud's toponymic indicates that he wrote in and/or came from the region closely associated with Catharism and from a city that was infamously sacked by the crusaders not long after the text's composition.

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • Or, to be blunt, how to get something named after you.… From anecdotal evidence gathered in From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow and elsewhere, this reviewer suggests the surest route to toponymic immortality is becoming the President of the United States of America.

    The Chicago Blog: June 2006 Archives

  • And from their list of links I got to the Scottish Place-Name Society, which "exists for the support of all aspects of toponymic studies in Scotland, and in particular the work of the Scottish Place-Name Database at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh." ONOMASTICON.

  • I checked the French toponymic dictionary for Indre-et-Loire in the hopes of finding something relevant, but no luck. POEME EN LANGUE INCONNUE.

  • Rereading a well-loved thread made me nostalgic for the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which reminded me of one of my favorite bizarre toponymic equivalences: the Hungarian name for the capital of Austria, whose other names Wien, Vienna, &c derive from Latin Vindobona, is Bécs. BECS.

  • Without the names board to quell squabbles, the time is ripe for toponymic powerplays.


  • It is a shame that the Canadian toponymic committee does not recognize exclamation marks as being a legitimate part of place names!

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIII No 1

  • Most toponymic animals remain proper nouns Labrador retriever, Guernsey and Holstein cattle, et al. Among the lower-case fauna, the canary was directly named for its native Canary Islands, but back another etymological generation are still other creatures -- the large dogs (Latin canes) for which the islands were named.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 4

  • Naturally, the geographical location and documented history of Louisiana predict a sizable native American and French admixture to the state's place-nomenclature, but while there does not appear to be any particular toponymic marker with regard to the former, a generic like bayou serves its purposes well as an indicator of the settlement area of the Louisiana French, as was demonstrated by Robert C. West over twenty year ago.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IV No 2


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