Posts Tagged ‘Stanislaviv’

Svetlanivsk

October 18, 2017

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So you may well ask why Ivano-Frankivsk is named after Ivan Franko, who had nothing to do with the place, rather than Svetlana Alexievich, who was born there. Svetlanivsk would be close enough to the original name of Stanislaviv after all.

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Catherine I in Ekaterinburg

I thought the largest city to be named after a woman for achievements in fields other than getting married and giving birth must be Ekaterinburg (Catherine the Great). But it turns out to be named after the wife of Peter the Great instead…sad, that…

Otherwise for largest cities named after females, there’s Adelaide (whoever she was), Los Angeles (Queen of the Angels, a title of BVM), Chandigarh (Chandi, a goddess).

I suppose if you were to allow Los Angeles, by the same token the largest city named after a man would be São Paulo, or after that Ho Chi Minh City sounds quite convincing.