American place names?

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  1. Hot Wheels

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    My daughter just asked me why some American place names start with "San" or "Santa" or "Los" ??
    To be honest, I couldnt answer her, so I thought Id post here.
     
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    Spanish origin.

    San is Saint ... so San Fransisco is Saint Fransisco

    I think Santa is the feminine version of saint.

    and Los is "City of" if my memory serves me. Los Angeles = City of Angels

    I might be totally wrong ... anyone here know spanish?
     
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    San - Saint (male)
    Santa - Saint (female)

    They were named after the person in honor for his/her actions in the past.

    Los - simple mean the. If it is meant "City of Angels", it would had been "Ciudad Angeles"

    For example, El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico- lot of white people and other people who doesn't speak spanish, they know it as El Paso and Juarez. For hispanic and latino people who speak spanish, they know El Paso as "El Paso del Norte" and Juarez as "Ciudad Juarez"

    San Antonio was named for the feast day of St. Anthony, not Father Antonio Olivares or General Santa Anna (who has a longer name and it is a man, not woman), which both were misunderstand. There is always a history behind the naming the city.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys,answered my question:)
    Hot Wheels daughter:female
     
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    Los is the masculine plural article in the Spanish language meaning 'the' as in Los Angeles: "The Angels"
    Las is the feminine counterpart, as in Las Vegas: "The Meadows/Grasslands" (ironic considering the city is in the middle of a huge desert).