There’s a special word for the study of the names of places and what they mean: toponymy. Geographical names are important and often do more than simply identify a particular place or feature. For example, shifts in political power led to many name changes for sub-Saharan countries in Africa during the 20th century.
We’re betting you’ll find some surprises among the following questions in our geography quiz. Test your geo names savvy now. And if you think you’re at the Jeopardy! level, there’s a bonus question at the end just for you: