Scottish Place Names
- Durban, South Africa

For comparability with other cities around the world, Greater Durban (eThekwini in Zulu) has been defined as the continuously built up area bounded by Inanda, Verulam and Umhlanga Rocks in the north and Illovo in the south, stretching inland as far west as Drummond and KwaNdengazi. Of the names of the 500 urban and semi-urban suburbs, neighbourhoods and districts that have been identified to date in metropolitan Durban, 71 (14.2%) can be found in Scotland or are based on Scottish family names or Scottish words. Of course, many of the names are used in other parts of the British Isles as well, but at least 27 (5.4%) appear to have a definite connection with Scotland, or are readily identifiable with places in Scotland that are based on the same names.

Graphic of Durban Beach is via Wikimedia

Suburbs, neighbourhoods and townships with names that occur only in Scotland and not elsewhere in the British Isles and/or are definitely or most probably of Scottish origin, are:

Some of the following suburbs and neighbourhoods may also prove on further investigation to have a direct or indirect Scottish connection, but these names are associated with other parts of the British Isles as well. There is nothing intrinsically 'Scottish' about most of these names, however.

A final category of suburban names comprises places that can be found in Scotland but which, in Durban's case, definitely or most probably have no connection with Scotland.


  • © Ian Kendall
    Melbourne, Australia, March 2010

    If you wish to contact Ian about his research, his e-mail address is

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