11 C
petek, 16 aprila, 2021

Slovenia has more than 6,000 towns and villages, many of them named after animals or plants, like Mačji Dol or Kostanj, translating to Cat Vale and Chestnut

Slovenia has more than 6,000 towns and villages, many of them named after animals or plants, like Mačji Dol or Kostanj, translating to Cat Vale and Chestnut. Some 4,800 places have unique names, while other names are quite common, such as Šolska Ulica (School Street), the Statistics Office has said, adding that Slovenia has both Eden and Hell.

Literal translation: A Strange Village or A Strange Backwater place

The latter refers to the villages of Paradiž, located in the remote and placid hills of Haloze in the east, and Pekel, a hilly village just north of Maribor, strewn with vineyards and nearly encircled by two Maribor motorways.

While most names occur only once, some are very common. Šolska Ulica, for example is the most common of 10,000 street names, as 52 towns have their own School Street. Prešernova Ulica, named after the Romantic poet France Prešeren, the author of the national anthem, is the second most common street name, used 45 times.

Many names reflect a connection with the animal world: Konj (Horse), Ježevec (Porcupine), Lisjaki (Foxes), Srnjak (Stag), Petelinje (Rooster’s), Zajčji Vrh (Hare Peak), Žabja Vas (Frog Village), Medvedjek (Bear’s), Jelendol (Deer Dale) and Kačji Dol (Snake Vale), among many others.

Interestingly, there is no Mačja Ulica (Cat Street) in Mačji Dol (Cat Vale), the Statistics Office said.

Many place names suggest a relation with plants, including Breza (Birch), Jablana (Apple Tree) and Šipek (Rosehip).

But not all have necessarily been named after plants or fruits. According to the Etymology Dictionary of Slovenian Geographical Names, Borovnica (Blueberry) and Maline (Raspberries) were not named after the respective berries, the Statistics Office says.

Many places carry personal names, often those of saints, including Lucija, Florjan, Marjeta, Štefan, Primož and Benedikt.

Others, especially villages, have names that are unusual even to Slovenians, either because they are tongue twisters such as Kokolajnščak, Bolehnečici or Podpulfrca, or because of unusual semantics, such is the case with Bruhanja Vas (Vomit Village) and Ritoznoj (Butt Sweat).


Latest news

Miklós Szánthó: “Today, the Enemies of Liberalism Are the Friends of Democracy”

By: Bogdan Sajovic Miklós Szánthó is the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights. Among other things, we talked about political correctness, cultural Marxism, the...

Viktor Orban: left cannot overcome its hunger for power

By: V4 Agency The Hungarian political left cannot overcome its hunger for power and is behaving in a way that is unparalleled anywhere else in...

Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti discusses media freedom, STA with CoE commissioner

By: P.T.,STA Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti held an online talk with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović on Wednesday to discuss media...

Governmet adopts military service law changes

By: J.S., STA The government adopted changes to the act on service in the Slovenian armed forces, aiming to address long-standing issues pertaining to labour...

Related news

Documentary on climate celebrity Greta runs with abysmal ratings

By: V4 Agency A BBC series focusing on radical Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has flopped spectacularly. Judging by the numbers, hardly anyone has watched...

Slovenia resubmits Lipizzaner bid for UNESCO intangible heritage list

By: P.T.,STA Slovenia renewed its nomination of Lipizzaner horse breeding for the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, which it filed last year on behalf of...

Bratislava-Split tourist train to cross Slovenia

By: J.S.,STA A EuroNight train taking passengers from Slovakia's Bratislava via Vienna to Croatia's coastal city of Split later this year will cross Slovenia, with...

Rush Limbaugh the “Greatest Radio Host Of All Time” according to his death certificate

By A.S. Breitbart reports that the official death certificate from the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office says that Limbaugh’s “Occupation” was “Greatest Radio Host...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here