Saturday 25 April 2020

Eswatini Place Names Explained

Having blogged samples of my books on English place names and also examined the etymologies of the nations of the world and their respective capitals I thought it time I cast my net a little wider. As English place names share some links to other tongues it would be interesting to see if any of the elements contributing to our place names could be found elsewhere. Continuing an alphabetical tour of the world and a look at the largest Eswatini or Swaziland cities.

Nhlangano is a name meaning 'meeting place'.

Piggs Peak is named after William Pigg, who discovered a gold reef here in March 1884.

Bulembu is named from the siSwati word for 'spider's web'. I don't care why, it's a fabulous idea.

Note the spellings of the places are English as the piece is written in English.

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