oa Madoqua - Origin and meaning of place names in the Etosha National Park, Namibia

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Names given to a total of 183 places in Etosha during the past 140 years, involving four African and four European languages, are interpreted. Analysis of original place names shows San (language of the Heikom Bushmen) predominates (43%), followed by Afrikaans (30%), Herero (8%), English (7%), Oshindonga (6%), German (3%), Latin (3%), Nama (<1%).

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