Germany in the USA and Canada

A Preview of German Place Names and Connections: From Leipsic to Winesburg When I first wrote about German Place Names in the USA and Canada more than five months ago, I realized that the topic was far more vast than I had originally thought. Since then, as I have continued to work on the subject, […]

Germany in the USA and Canada: Part 2

What’s in a Name? Exonyms: Köln vs Cologne, Donau vs Danube, Beijing vs Peking

Exonyms: Shape-Shifting Place Names “Munich” is the English exonym for the city that Germans call München. An exonym is a name used in a specific language for a geographical feature situated outside the area where that language is spoken, and differing from the original name (toponym). Another example is “Austria” for Österreich, or “Bavaria” for […]

What’s in a Name? Exonyms: Köln vs Cologne, Donau vs Danube, Beijing vs Peking