n Cabo - 'Douse the Glim' and other South African place names

Volume 8, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


Place names usually derive from three main sources. Descriptions of local features such as 'Klipfontein' [Stone-source], 'Zeekoevlei' [Hippo-Marsh], 'Baviaanskloof' [Baboon Pass], probably form the largest class. Personal names some of which stem from early inhabitants, form a second category, for example, Jan de Jonker who in 1691 owned the area still known as Jonkershoek. Origins of names of similar character often elude researchers : Simon van der Stel's 'Constantia' has never been solved; and who was 'Krom Antonie' [Hunched Anthony] whose name was given to a river in the Piketberg area? Names have been applied to honour a person specifically and these are usually obvious : 'Warden' in the Free State; 'Colenso' in Kwazulu-Natal; 'Upington' in the Northern Province, and so on.

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