For many years, I've been interested in the way towns, cities, villages and more in the USA are named (I wrote about in 2010).
Reading the article which inspired that blog, I realised that nearly all of Europe was accounted for in American placenames.
So I set about making a map of some European place-names in the USA.
Sadly, there isn't a place for every country in Europe, though sometimes there are more than one, e.g. Norway, Kansas, Norway, Iowa and Norway, Maine, so I chose the place which sat best on the map.
In some cases, a country name is not accounted for, but the capital city is e.g Vienna, Georgia or Sofia, New Mexico.
And occasionally, you really can't be sure that the European placename is the inspiration - e.g. Turkey, North Carolina or San Marino, California
I'm fascinated by the breadth and number of places with names inspired by Europe. I suppose the next step is to start visiting them!