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These Names/Words are taken from several different Australian Aboriginal Languages

A - L

-A-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word

Abim 
Abmba 
Adelong 
Adina 
Adlinga 
Adnanuara 
Adoni 
Akala 
Akama 
Akuna 
Alba 
Alinga 
Alkina 
Alkoomie
Alkira

devil, ghost
water
river or plain
good
place for hunting 
running water
the sunset 
a parrot
a whale 
to know or follow
a sand hill
sun goddess
the moon
very nice
the sky

Allambie 
Allira
Allunga 
Amarco 
Amarina 
Apunga
Arana 
Arika 
Arilla
Arinya 
Aroona 
Arramagong 
Attunga
Awoonga 

to remain awhile
daughter 
the sun
beautiful place
rain
goddess of small plants
moon 
a waterlily
dancing ground
a kangaroo
running water
wombats run into holes
high place 
sheet of water

-B-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Baarmutha
Balagorang 
Bambra
Bandianna
Baralga
Barambogie
Baranbali
Baranduda 
Baringa
Barkala
Barnawartha
Barremma
Barwidgee
Bellombi
Benalla
Benaroon
Berrigan
Berrimilla 
Betcherrygah 
Bethanga
Biara
Biggie-billa 
Billinudgel 
Bimbadeen
Bimbimbie
Binda 
Binnowee 
Birdup 
Boanyoo

number of small creeks
kangaroo feeding grounds
mushroom
bandy legged native lady
native companion
big waterhole
towards the east
a water rat
light
bush shades 
deaf and dumb
white ironbark
green mossy grass
no!
musk duck
blackbutt
emu bush
kingfisher
budgerigar
a weed
banksia 
echidna 
good view
place of many birds
deep water
green place
place of many birds 
outlook 
hunting place

Boggabri
Bogong 
Bontherambo
Boogoodoogada 
Booragul
Boorea
Bor Bor
Boroke 
Bulla Bulla
Bullai bullai 
Bultarro
Bunbulama
Bunderra 
Bundaleer
Bungobittah 
Buni 
Bungawitta 
Bun-yal 
Burbugate 
Burilda 
Burlamatta 
Burnu 
Burnum 
Burra Burra 
Burrendah 
Burrendong 
Burrimul
Bykool

rain bird
moths and grubs 
the liver
place of frogs 
summer
turpentine tree
a circular piece of bark
butterfly 
green parrot 
north wind
black wallaby
Goddess of the rain
among the hills
many flying squirrels 
a bird's nest 
home of the possum 
flies 
many owls 
a black swan
place of possums 
a tree 
a great warrior
sheep
place of the swan 
native koala bear
home of the king parrot
emu
blackfellow

-C-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Caltowie 
Camira 
Carbethon
Cardinia 
Carina 
Canungra 
Carrabulone 
Carribie 
Chokerre 
Cobar 
Connewarre 
Coobowie 
Cooinda

sleepy lizard waterhole
of the wind 
cheerful
the dawn
a bride 
place of owls
many white cockatoos 
many emus drink 
red 
burnt earth 
home of the swan 
wildfowl waters
happy place

Coolabah
Cooloongatta
Cooma 
Coomalong 
Coombell 
Coorabin
Coorah 
Coorigil 
Coreen 
Cumbalum 
Curramulka 
Currawidgen 
Curriequinquin 

black box tree
fine view
a lake 
plenty of possums
Bunyip in water
spring constantly running 
a woman 
sign of bees 
end of the hills
flathead caught here 
Emu drinking place 
place of possums 
butcher bird

-D-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Daen
Daku 
Dardurr
Darri 
Dayah minyah
Dayoorl
Decreeree
Dederang 
Deegeenboyah
Derain 
Dheal

black fellows
sand
bark, humpy or shed
a track
carpet snake
large flat stone
Willy wagtail
hailstones 
soldier-bird
of the mountains 
sacred tree

Dheran 
Dinewan
Dingo
Doonburr
Doongara
Dorak 
Dungle
Dunnia
Dural 
Durda 
Durrie

a gully
emu
native dog
a grass seed
lightning
lively 
water hole
a wattle
a hollow tree on fire
dog 
bread made from seed

-E-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Edi 
Echuca
Eerin 
Eingana
Ekala 
Elanora 
Elandra
Ellin 

the place of stones
cold wind 
a small grey owl
a creator goddess 
a lake 
a home by the sea
home by the sea
to move

Elouera
Erathipa
Ettamogah
Euloo wirree
Eumina
Eurie Eurie
Euroa
Eurobin 

pleasant place
a boulder
"lets have a drink"
rainbow
repose
many kangaroos 
push, shake, thrust
falling water

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Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

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-G-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Ganan 
Garema
Garrong
Gaya-dari 
Gedala 
Gelar 
Ghera 
Gidja
Gilgandra 
Girawheen
Girra 

from the west 
camp
species of wattle
platypus 
the day 
a brother
a gum leaf
God of the moon
long water hole
place of flowers
a creek, or a tree 

Givinganna 
Glaginye
Goonagulla 
Gowi-nee-bu 
Gulara 
Gulargambone 
Gungaroo
Gunyah
Gurley 
Gurraymy
Guyra 

lookout
glad to see you, welcome
sky 
robin redbreast 
moonlight 
place of Galah parrots
crane
place of shelter
a native willow
Borah devil
fishing place or cockatoo

-H-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Hanya

a stone

   
-I-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Illabunda 
Illalangi
Illawarra
Illoura

place of swallows
home on the hill
high place near the sea 
pleasant place

Illuka 
Inapertwa
Itya 
I'wai

near the sea
simple creatures
dance
culture hero 

-J-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Jarrah 
Jindalee
Jingella

eucalyptus tree 
bare hill
green bank 

Joalah
Julana
Julunggul

haunt of the lyrebird 
a lecherous god 
a rainbow serpent goddess

-K-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Kaawa 
Kabam 
Kaleny 
Kalimbang 
Kalka 
Kalumpa 
Kalurra 
Kampanmali 
Kamparri 
Kamu 
Kancha 
Kaneky 
Kanga 
Kangaloom 
Kangamarru 
Kangka 
Kangkang 
Kanhe 
Kanji 
Kanyini 
Kapi 
Kareela
Karinya
Karlkawima 
Karna 
Karnakarrhu 
Karribi
Katandra 
Kateena 
Keli 
Kergunyah 
Keurong 
Killara 
Kimba 
Kinta
Kinytya 

east
storm 
uncle
Galah 
lively
clover
totem
paint oneself
ahead
blood, blood red 
tooth 
yellow crested cockatoo 
alcohol 
kangaroo feeding place
drunk
leaf
sea eagle 
freshwater crocodile 
bone 
mother's mother
moon 
south wind 
peaceful home
fast
man
male 
headland 
song of birds
daughter 
dog 
silent place 
home of the flying fox
permanent creek
bush fire
laughter 
female

Kirrhi 
Kityikana 
Koche 
Komanh 
Kome 
Komo 
Kompo 
Konkon 
Kono 
Ko'on 
Koone 
Ku'a 
Kuche 
Kudin 
Kuja 
Kumalie 
Kumba 
Kumpu 
Kuna 
Kunchi 
Kungka 
Kunjan 
Kurrajong
Kurrara 
Kurrin 
Kurrookarrook 
Kuru 
Kuthu 
Kutukutu 
Kutya 
Kutyukutyu 
Kuuwa 
Kuuyu 
Kuypang 
Kuyungu 
Kyeema

skilful
be happy
lizard
young woman 
sandpaper fig tree 
brown hawk, Eaglehawk 
young man
laughing kookaburra 
ear 
magpie goose 
Burdekin duck 
dog 
two 
navel 
kangaroo 
small duck 
black fruit tree
urine 
shit
penis 
north 
pandanus 
tree 
place of possums
sand 
koala with young 
stranger
smoke
mist
rotten
pup
west 
string 
black bream 
good 
dawn 

-L-
Name/Word Meaning Name/Word Meaning

Laanecoorie 
Laanepyramul 

home of kangaroos 
home of emus 

Langi-dorn 
Lowanyeri 

bellbird nest
place of grey geese

 

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