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Name of the Month: Tafua, Tavua

Tafua, Tavua: Volcanic placenames in the South Pacific William Bligh visited Tonga, in western Polynesia, while serving under Cook on his third and last voyage, and in 1789 he returned to Tonga in search of water and provisions for his ship, HMS Bounty, which had been commissioned to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the...

Name of the Month: Motlalepula

Motlalepula This is SeTswana for `Bringer of Rain’ (compare the unit of currency of Botswana, the pula `rain’, for rain is prosperity on the edge of the Kalahari (Kgalagadi)). It is used as a given name for both males and females, and may accordingly serve as a surname. It can be abbreviated to Pula....

Name of the Month: Brighton

Brighton Brighton, in Sussex on the south coast of England, formerly Brighthelmston, has an Old English name meaning `Brihthelm’s farm or estate’, where the male personal name involved, in “standard” or normalized West Saxon dialect, would have been Beorhthelm `bright-helmet’. It is not recorded before Domesday Book in 1086. For most of its history...

Name of the Month: Regensburg

Regensburg Regensburg liegt am nördlichsten Punkt der Donau. Die Stadt geht auf eine Gründung der Römer zurück, sie ist heute Hauptstadt des bayerischen Regierungsbezirks Oberpfalz, Sitz der Fürsten von Thurn und Taxis, hat einen berühmten Dom, in dem die Regensburger Domspatzen singen. Ihr Name hat nichts mit dem Regen, der vom Himmel fällt, zu...

Name of the Month: Pisa

PISA The name of the month for our Congress is short and quite difficult. Pisa is a name of pre-Roman, and possibly even pre-Etruscan, origin about which nothing can be said with certainty. It is remarkable that its name has remained almost unchanged through all the history of the Italian peninsula. In Roman times...

Name of the Month: Rother

The district council ROTHER in Sussex, England The name of the Sussex district council is taken from the name of the river that flows through it from its sources near Five Ashes and south-east of Rotherfield village to the sea at Rye. The river-name is taken from the name of Rotherfield, and that is...

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