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    Default Regional Names for the World

    I'm working on a world for (at least) three of my stories, shown here.

    I've made an excel spreadsheet of different languages' words for "earth," "world," "circle," "ground," etc. The three regions (each in a different era) I'm thinking of are loosely based on the following:

    1) Biblical Middle East
    2) Middle East and India
    3) Western Europe and Celtic

    The following are some of the words I like the sounds of best:

    word ---- meaning ---- language

    Toprak ----- earth ------- Turkish
    Heim ------- globe ------- Icelandic
    Avanim ----- earth ------- Sanskrit
    Werold ----- earth ------- Old English
    Hrūse ------ ground ------ Old English
    Verǫld ------ earth ------- Norse
    Ierde ------- earth ------- Frisian
    Wrâld ------- world ------- Frisian
    Ierdbol ----- globe -------- Frisian
    Alam ------- world -------- Arabic
    Jahān ------ world ------- Persian
    Adamah* --- earth ------- Hebrew
    Eretz ------- earth ------- Hebrew

    Obviously these are transliterated and some of the meaning may be lost/mixed up, but I still think it's a good starting point. Does anyone have any that are seem particularly apt to them? Just curious. Thanks.

    *If you watch BSG, you now know that Adama means Earth!
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    I do like this method of creating region names - come up with relevant suffixes like hill, river, place, land etc and then add prefixes. the ones youve chosen are very cool (I do tend to like old middle-eastern names, like Hebrew, turkish, persian etc. and have used jahan and toprak in my own world). nice stuff

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    Using prefixes is a good idea. I think I'll use that for continent or country names. Thanks!

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