I have done some extensive research on the various "-nyms", but I am still a bit unsure about the difference between
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.


    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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