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Infographic: The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S.

Infographic: The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name In The U.S. | visual data | Scoop.it

The New Navel of the Moon. It’s so poetic, isn’t it? (And sure, maybe a bit anatomically confusing.) That’s the real meaning behind the state name New Mexico, and it’s one of many etymological gems uncovered by cartographers Stephan Hormes and Silke Peust while they were creating this U.S. map depicting the original, literal meanings behind the states and cities we know today.


“The inspiration was my interest in etymology and my profession as a cartographer," Hormes tells Co.Design. "I started to exchange real names for rue names and the world became a strange romantic continent. It’s obvious to me that after five years of changing names on maps, I must do it. No map is safe.”

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Beneath Every City Is A Labyrinth of Last Names

Beneath Every City Is A Labyrinth of Last Names | visual data | Scoop.it
Behind a city of data, an ocean of names.

This is what families look like in the age of big data. The cartographer James Cheshire has looked at over 900 different areas of London and graphed the most popular last names of each. He's then placed those over a map of the city, made it all zoomable and interactive, and highlighted which 15 last names -- and nationalities -- dominate each area...

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Mariana Soffer's comment, August 8, 2012 5:41 AM
great post Lauren Moss