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Capital Cities with Spanish Names

Name the capital cities of the world whose names come from the Spanish language.
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Quiz by islabonita
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Last updated: July 9, 2019
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English
Spanish
Assumption
Asunción
Fair Winds
Buenos Aires
The Peace
La Paz
Saint Joseph
San José
Holy Savior
San Salvador
Saint James
Santiago
Saint Dominic
Santo Domingo
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Level 72
Jun 25, 2019
Congratulations on your first featured quiz!
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Level 45
Jun 25, 2019
Thank you! 😎
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Level 74
Jun 27, 2019
Montevideo?
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Level 45
Jun 27, 2019
Thank you. The etymology of Montevideo is uncertain. Montevideo is not grammatically correct Spanish. To learn more check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montevideo

Thanks!

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Level 76
Aug 28, 2019
It's latin.
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Level 67
Jul 8, 2019
Diego is also a translation for James, so San Diego should be accepted.
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Level 45
Jul 8, 2019
This is a COUNTRY CAPITAL CITY quiz. San Diego is not a country capital. Thanks.
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Level 84
Aug 26, 2019
San Diego isn't the capital of anything.
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Level 81
Sep 3, 2019
San Diego is the seat (capital) of San Diego County. It still does not belong on the quiz though.
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Level 74
Nov 22, 2023
"San Diego is the seat (capital) of San Diego County..." In which case just in California alone we'd have to have San Andreas (Calaveras Co.), Fresno (Fresno Co.), El Centro (Imperial Co.), Los Angeles (Los Angeles Co.), Madera (Madera Co.), San Rafael (Marin Co.), Mariposa (Mariposa Co.), Merced (Merced Co.), Alturas (Modoc Co.), Salinas (Monterey Co.), Santa Ana (Orange Co.), Sacramento (Sacramento Co.), San Bernardino (San Bernardino Co.), San Francisco (San Francisco Co.), San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo Co.), Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Co.), San Jose (Santa Clara Co.), Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Co.), Modesto (Stanislaus Co.), Sonora (Tuolumne Co.), and Ventura (Ventura Co.) in addition to San Diego.
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Level 50
Nov 23, 2023
Those would be capitals IN California, but just to clarify they would not be capitals OF California.
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Level 65
Nov 7, 2021
San Diego is the capital of my heart
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Level 43
Aug 27, 2019
That is a city in California
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Level 58
Nov 5, 2021
'Muricans...
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Level 37
Aug 27, 2019
Isn't Santo Domingo translated as Holy Sunday (not St. Dominic).
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Level 45
Aug 27, 2019
Great question!

"Santo Domingo (meaning "Saint Dominic"), officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santo_Domingo

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Level 61
Aug 27, 2019
It *can* be translated as "Holy Sunday", but that's not the intention.
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
Technically yes, but that is not the intended meaning of it.
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Level 65
Nov 27, 2023
It's both
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Level 55
Aug 27, 2019
More time? 😅
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2019
I missed only ascuncion defo more time
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Level 59
Aug 27, 2019
A new name here ;)

Congratulations on getting your first featured quiz!

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Level 45
Aug 27, 2019
Thanks!
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2019
Sucre?
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2019
Sucre comes from the guaraní Indian language. It does remind one of things sugary but that's not where the name stems from.
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Level 59
Aug 14, 2020
Actually, it was named after Antonio José de Sucre.
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Level 87
Aug 27, 2019
No San Jose?
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Level 45
Aug 27, 2019
Thanks. Question 4 is San Jose.
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Level 61
Aug 27, 2019
...isn't Buenos Aires more like "Good Airs"?
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Level 45
Aug 27, 2019
Direct/literal translations don't always make sense. Using "Fair" here is not an incorrect translation as the intended meaning in Spanish is retained. Plus, Bueno and Fair are comparable trans-lingual synonyms. Thanks!
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Level 76
Aug 28, 2019
As a native of Buenos Aires with interest in both etymologies and history, I endorse this explanation.
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Level 61
Nov 7, 2021
"Good air" is ironic, since Buenos Aires is one of the most polluted cities on earth.
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Level 69
Nov 22, 2023
According to the source I found, Buenos Aires ranks 77 in the most polluted cities only in South America, 1748 worldwide. Where did you get this data?
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Level 76
Jan 2, 2024
Maybe they're confusing it with Santiago... cause they're both in the Southern Cone? Even so, Santiago is far from the most polluted cities in the world, and has been improving on the matter for some years now.

Or maybe he thinks Buenos Aires is in Mexico, who knows. Certainly a clueless person.

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Level 62
Oct 14, 2019
Why would you name your city Assumption?
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Level ∞
Oct 14, 2019
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assumption_of_Mary
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Level 79
Dec 1, 2019
You are thinking about the wrong sense of the world 'assumption'.
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Level 63
Dec 9, 2020
I guess they made a wrong assumption about Assumption.
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Level 62
Apr 28, 2021
You could add Lima and put Lime lmao. I know it is not why it was named Lima but it can be considered a direct translation.
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Level 56
Aug 3, 2021
why didn't saint james get translated to san jose? jose is literally the translation of james and this quiz says that tiago means james. am i missing something or what?
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Level 45
Aug 3, 2021
Jose in English would be Joseph not James. Santiago, is a Spanish name that derives from the Hebrew name Jacob first used to denote Saint James the Great, the brother of John the Apostle. In Spanish Jaime is the modern version of James. Tiago is an older version of James.
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Level 45
Aug 3, 2021
You can learn more about the name Tiago here:

https://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Tiago

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Level 58
Nov 5, 2021
No, José isn't "literally" the translation of James, but Joseph.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2021
Hmm, I was expecting there to be more.

Cool little quiz, did/will you do other language versions?

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Level 45
Nov 5, 2021
Thanks! I did a U.S. Capitals with Spanish Names

https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/214289/us-cities-with-spanish-names

I think I will do more versions of this with Country names in certain languages. Thanks again!

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Level 67
Nov 6, 2021
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Level 43
Nov 8, 2021
Is Madrid not a capital with a Spanish name?
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Level 45
Nov 8, 2021
There are various theories regarding the origin of the toponym "Madrid"

A Celtic origin (Madrid < * Magetoritum; with the root "-ritu" meaning "ford")

Arabic maǧrà (meaning "water stream") or mayrit (مجريػ meaning "spring", "fountain")

A Mozarabic variant of the Latin matrix, matricis (also meaning "water stream")

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrid#Etymology

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Level 70
Jan 17, 2022
Hello islabonita. I am carrying out a census of the Places of Residence of the top 100 users -for this quiz. Would you agree to fill in yours in your profile for this purpose?
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Level 45
Jan 19, 2022
Yes. Tucson, AZ United States
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Level 70
Jan 20, 2022
Great, thanks for your contribution.
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Level 69
Sep 22, 2022
audacious not to put madrid on there but fair
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Level 63
Dec 20, 2022
I thought Domingo was Sunday in Spanish?
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Level 67
Feb 23, 2023
It can be both "Sunday" or "Dominic". In portuguese, it's more common the use of "Domingos" instead of "Domingo" but maybe it's different in spanish.
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Level 60
Feb 20, 2023
ridiculous time limit
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Level 64
Jun 21, 2023
I thought fair winds was windhoek
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Level 69
Nov 22, 2023
I thought "James" meant Santiago. Like, just James. Saint James would be San Santiago, I think
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2023
In fact James is Yago then Tiago (from Sant Yago, Santiago) or Diego in spanish
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Level 87
Apr 8, 2024
Santiago, though used as a single name in modern Spanish, comes from San Tiago or Sant Iago, which corresponds to “Saint Jacob”. Diego and Thiago are the other versions of “Jacob” in modern Spanish/Portuguese.
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Level 64
Nov 22, 2023
I found myself putting San Diego until I realized that's not a capital...oops
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Level 57
Nov 22, 2023
yep i just tried entering são tomé 3 different ways only to remember it's portuguese so i'll go now
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Level 59
Nov 27, 2023
The US capital is named for how much laundry I do, because I be washing tons, son