Jun 25, 2013

Atlas of True Names: A World Map with Locations Replaced with their Original Meanings

Okay...phew. I know that's a somewhat strange post title, but this project is fascinating and totally worth sharing, if not eloquently. The "Atlas of True Names" is a series of maps that substitutes the official names for cities, states, countries, and geographic areas with the meaning of their names in their original language....etymological topography!Some of the translations are literal and some more poetic, but the most fascinating aspect to me is to see the interactions between the languages and cultures in any given area. Check out some of these detail shots:

There's also a more in-depth version of the U.S.: 

Man...maps are awesome. Learn more at TwentyTwoWords and see all the maps at Kalimedia.



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topher on Jun 19, 2014:


ive been doing the same thing with japan, busting my ass going to libraries and shit to make sure it's real as possible, then rendering into realistic english sounding place names.