Names of Sanskrit Origin

The Manu Smriti says that the ambitious satriyas of Bharatvarsha went abroad to the neighboring countries to establish their new kingdoms and, as they were cut off from the mainstream of the Bhartiya civilization and culture, they developed their own language and civilization as time went on. Natural calamities (such as ice ages) totally shattered their civilizations but still the survivors, in the spoken form of their primitive languages, held many apbhransh words of the original Sanskrit language which their remote ancestors had retained in their memory. As a result of this affiliation with Bhartiya culture and the Sanskrit language, Sanskrit became the origin of the growth of the literary development in other languages of the world.

When a language is spoken by unqualified people the pronunciation of the word changes to some extent; and when these words travel by word of mouth to another region of the land, with the gap of some generations, it permanently changes its form and shape to some extent. Just like the Sanskrit word matri, with a long 'a' and soft 't,' became "mater" in Greek and "mother" in English. The last two words are called the 'apbhransh' of the original Sanskrit word 'matri.' Such apbhranshas of Sanskrit words are found in all the languages of the world and this situation itself proves that Sanskrit was the mother language of the world.

India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of European languages. She was the mother of our philosophy … of our mathematics … of the ideals embodied in Christianity … of self government and democracy…mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.

— William Durant. Author of the ten volume, story of civilisation.

Here is a list of prominent terms, names of places, cities and sites that has Sanskrit and Vedic origin.

A

Abraham
Sanskrit: Brahma, "Vedic God".
Adam
Sanskrit: aadim, "The first or most ancient man".
Andropov
Sanskrit: Indra, "Vedic God".
America
Sanskrit: Amaraka, "Land of the immortals".
Amsterdam
Sanskrit: Antardham, "Region below sea level".
Agone (fire)
Sanskrit: Agni, "Vedic fire God".
Arabia
Sanskrit: ArvastanArva means 'Horse' in Sanskrit.
Aristotle
Sanskrit: Arishta-taal, "God, the warder of calamities".
Australia
Sanskrit: Astral-alaya, "Land of the missiles".

B

Bolshevik
Sanskrit: Bal-sevik, "Rishis seeking spiritual power".
Britain
Sanskrit: Brihat-sthan, "Great land or islands".
Budapest
Sanskrit: Buddaprastha, "City dedicated to Lord Buddah".
Burma
Sanskrit: Brahmadesh, "the Land of Brahma".

C

Canterbury
Sanskrit: Shankapury, "Township of Lord Siva".
Caspean sea
Sanskrit: Kashyapa muni, "Named after the Vedic sage".
Casseopeans
Sanskrit: Kashyapa muni, "Followers of the Vedic sage".

D

Danube river
Sanskrit: Danuv — the Daityas were also known as the Danuv community due to Kashyapa munis marriage to Danu, who is also known as one of the primary Goddesses of the celts.
Deutschland
Sanskrit: Daityasthan, "Land of the Daityas". Daitya refers to mother Diti and Kashyapa muni, the Dutch also share this link.
Devonshire
Sanskrit: Devaneshwar, "Land of the Gods".

E

Egypt
Sanskrit: Ajapati — Lord Rama, the illustrious scion of Aja. Their kings were named Ramses meaning Rama the God.
England
Sanskrit: Angulistan — Angulistan-Anguliand-England.

G

Guatamala
Sanskrit: Guatam, "Abode of the Vedic sage Guatam".
geometry
Sanskrit: gyaamiti, "measuring the earth" — gya, "earth" + miti, "parameter".
German
Sanskrit: Sharman — A common hindu surname.

H

Hari-tutay (Greek greeting)
Sanskrit: — May Hari (Krsna) bless you.
Hindenberg
Sanskrit: Hindu-durg, "The fort of the Hindus".
Heidelberg
Sanskrit: Haya-dal-durg, "Fort garrisoned by horses".
Hercules
Sanskrit: Hari-culeesh, "In the lineage of Hari (Krsna)".

I

Irawaddy
Sanskrit: Iravati, "refreshment", "holy libation".
Israel
Sanskrit: Ishwaralaya, "The abode of Isha - God".

J

Jerusalem
Sanskrit: Yadu-isha-layam — The township of Lord Krsna. Yadu - dynasty of Lord Krsna, Isha - God, alayam - abode or place.
Judaism
Sanskrit: Yaduism — The Yadu dynasty which Lord Krsna appeared in. It is common for the y and j to become interchangeable hence, Yaduism, Yeduism and finally Judaism.

K

Kandahar (province of Afghanistan)
Sanskrit Gandhar or Gandhara — Gandhara is the name of an ancient kingdom , located in northern Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and eastern Afghanistan. During the Mahabharata period, the present-day Kandahar province of Afghanistan used to be known as Gandhar.
Kashmir
Sanskrit: Kashyapa muni, "Named after the Vedic sage".
Kedah, Malaysia
Tamil: Kedaram or Kataha
Korea
Sanskrit: Gauriya, "Gouri, Vedic Goddess".

L

Langkawi, Malaysia
Sanskrit: Langkasuka — langkha Sanskrit for "resplendent land", sukkha of "bliss"

M

Mauritius
Sanskrit: Marichi, "Vedic warrior from Ramayana".
Mexico
Sanskrit: Maghico, "Vedic God Lord Indra".
Moscow
Sanskrit: moksha, "Salvation, goal of all Rishis".

N

navigation
Sanskrit: Navgati, "science of sailing" — Nav, "sailor or ship" + gati, "pace or speed" in Sanskrit.

P

Palestine
Sanskrit: Palustin — Vedic sage.
Paris
Sanskrit: Parameshwari, "Vedic Goddess".
Parthia
Sanskrit: Partha, "Arjuna, devotee of Lord Krsna".
Persia
Sanskrit: Parasu, "Vedic warrior Parasurama".

R

Ramallah (Palestine city)
Sanskrit: "The city of Lord Rama".
Ramstein
Sanskrit: Ramstan, "Place of Lord Rama".
Ravenna (Italian city)
Sanskrit: Ravanna, "Demon killed by Lord Rama".
Rome
Sanskrit: Rama, "Lord Rama".
Rubble
Sanskrit: Raya-bal, "Strength of the realm".
Russia
Sanskrit: Rishiya, "Land of the Rishis".

S

Scandinavia
Sanskrit: Skanda + Naviya — Skanda is the son of Lord Siva. Naviya is Sanskrit for naval settlement. Scandinavians were the mariner descendants of the Vedic ksatriyas who worshipped Skanda.
Shalome
Sanskrit: Ishalayam, "The abode of God". Ishalayam - shalayam - shalome.
Siberia
Sanskrit: Shibeerya, "The locals still call their land Shibir".
Soviet
Sanskrit: Svet, "White as in white snow covered region".
Stein
Sanskrit: Stan, "Place".
Svetlana
Sanskrit: Svetanana, "fair faced". Svetlana, the name of Stalins daughter is from the Sanskrit word svetanana.
Syria
Sanskrit: Surya, "Vedic Sun God".
-sthan
Sanskrit: stan, "land". Afghanistan, Turkisthan, Kurdisthan, Ghabulisthan, Kazakstan, all reflect their Vedic connection. Arabia comes from the word Arvasthan.

T

Talmud (jewish scripture)
Sanskrit: Talmud, "palm leaf manuscript" — Tal is Sanskrit for palm. Mud comes from mudra which means imprint or script, hence Talmud is Sanskrit for palm leaf manuscript.
Tibet
Sanskrit: Tripishtaka or Trivistaka — the supposed land of the Gods to the north of the Himalayas.
trigonometry
Sanskrit: trikonmiti, "measuring triangular shape" — tri, "three" + kon, "angle" + miti, "parameter".

I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the river Ganges.

— Voltaire.

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1. Russia, by James Cooper.

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