Bissau, a city named from the island on which the original settlement began, itself probably from the tribe who lived here, and who were named from their former chief. Alternatively it may be a corruption of Bijago, the name of the ethnic group inhabiting this region.
Cacheu is in the region of the Papel people and is a name of Baunuk origin in meaning 'the place where we rest'.
Farim took its name from the title of the local Mandinka people's ruler. Earlier it had been known as Tubabodaga 'the ville of the whites'.
Note the spellings of the places are English as the piece is written in English.