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I have done some extensive research on the various "-nyms", but I am still a bit unsure about the difference between
EPONYM and TOPONYM.
Am I correct, that an eponym is a person whom a place is named after,
and a toponym a place named after a person or another place?

Would Athens be a toponym, because it is named after the Greek goddess Athena, and would Athena be an eponym, because the city is named for her.

asked by E.G.
  1. A word or name derived from the name of a person. The words atlas, bowdlerize, and Turing machine are eponyms.

    A toponym is a name used to recall or honor other places.

    posted by Anonymous
  2. You're right about eponyms. Athena is the eponym, as is Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln, Nebraska).

    A toponym is a word named for a place. Note the examples given in this site, spartan and marathon, among others.

    http://grammar.about.com/od/tz/g/toponymterm.htm

    posted by Ms. Sue
  3. Thank you Ms. Sue and Anonymous.

    posted by E.G.
  4. You're welcome, E.G.

    posted by Ms. Sue

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