Etymology maps

This article is a repository of all the etymology maps I’ve ever done. Most of these maps were made between 2014-2019 and have originally been posted to Reddit, often to the /r/etymologymaps subreddit.

A few word of warning:

  1. The base map used to make these maps used to have errors. For example, the Russian-speaking areas of Latvia are wrongly to the north-east instead of south-east and way too big.
  2. The main dividing line for these maps is linguistic (read: “mother tongue”), not administrative or political.
  3. Minority languages are often given proeminence. It was important to show as many languages as I had data for.
  4. I know German nouns are capitalized. I took a design decision to not capitalize them because I didn’t like having some nouns capitalized, and some in minuscules.

Some maps already featured on this blog:

So without further ado:

I. Countries and peoples

Hungary
🇭🇺 Hungary
Poland
🇵🇱 Poland
Greece
🇬🇷 Greece

Below: 🇦🇹 Austria & 🇷🇺 Russia

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🇩🇪 Germany (see legend below)

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The map above had originally been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons for the Wikipedia article “Names of Germany

Morocco
🇲🇦 Morocco
Jew
🕎 Jews

II. Food and drinks

Beer
🍺 Beer
Tea
🍃 Tea
Sausage
Sausage 🌭
Cucumber
🥒 Cucumber
Pineapple
🍍 Pineapple
Apple
🍊 Orange
Peach
🍑 Peach

III. Other words

Rose
🌹 Rose
Bear
🐻 Bear
Paper
📃 Paper
Architect
🏛️ Architect
Church
💒 Church

IV. One final map on currency etymologies, in a somewhat different style:

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