TROPICAL GEOGRAPHY ›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (3): 437-442.

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Relationship between Place Names in Maoming and Terrain

ZHAN Chijia   

  1. (Social Science Department,Gaozhou Normal College,Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology,Maoming 525200,China)
  • Online:2015-06-05 Published:2015-06-05


The terrain is one of the important geographic features which affects place names in the natural environment. According to the statistics of 88 town names in Maoming City and 1 513 village names in the 88 towns, combined with the source of the place names in gazetteer and other literature information, the author concludes that there is close relationship between the place names in Maoming and its terrain, and the place names in mountain regions are related the most to the terrain, followed by those in hilly areas, and then by those in plain areas. Terrain not only has an impact on the place names, but also reflects people’s choice of their residential places, showing the toponymy culture in Maoming City. It is shown that the residents in mountain regions generally build their villages in lower areas of the valleys, and the residents in hilly regions often choose the hillsides or the valleys as their settlement sites. The place names in plains and terraces are normally related to the single hills there.

Key words: Maoming City, place names, terrain