Friday, May 04, 2012

The Atlas of True Names

One of the maps available from The Atlas of True Names

Take a look at the map I posted above.   Notice something strange?   This map is from The Atlas of True Names.

This site…..The Atlas of True Names… a truly unique resource.   The website states its purpose is to reveal the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today’s maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States……The ‘True Names’ of 3000 cities, countries, rivers, oceans and mountain ranges are displayed on these four fascinating maps, each of which includes a comprehensive index of derivations.

You can read more about the site from The New York Times or from Spiegel Online.   Apparently these maps have been around since 2008, but I’m just now seeing them.   Yes, I know that’s hard to believe, but somehow I overlooked them.

You can order the maps here.

So, instead of me telling you how I would use them in the classroom……..what would you do?


Kwizgiver said...

What a fun idea! I would want to have my students write about the name and how the name was given. But that's just the first thing that popped into my head, I bet I could come up with something a bit more creative.

I don't comment often enough but I really love your blog!

EHT said...

Hi.....Yes, I'm sure you could...we could get very creative with these maps.

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