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:
- 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.
- The main dividing line for these maps is linguistic (read: “mother tongue”), not administrative or political.
- Minority languages are often given proeminence. It was important to show as many languages as I had data for.
- 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
Below: 🇦🇹 Austria & 🇷🇺 Russia
The map above had originally been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons for the Wikipedia article “Names of Germany”
II. Food and drinks
III. Other words
IV. One final map on currency etymologies, in a somewhat different style: