All places in Hyderabad obviously have names that have come into the public eye in recent times. The maps of yore show places that were named after people, gardens, or royals. But it was mostly people and gardens that the places were named after. Right now, there is a map exhibition from French cartographers like Guillaume Delisle, Philipe Buache, Joseph Tiefenthaler, and Anquetil-Duperron, among others, at the Birla Science Museum.
So, if one digs into the etymological history of Hyderabad, then one can find interesting reasons behind the naming of places. Many of the places in the city were named by the locals, shares historian Dr. Mohammed Safiullah. Places such as Charminar, Lal Darwaza, and Errummanzil were named not after a person but a building.
Also, some of the most popular places in Hyderabad are named after gardens. Though the gardens are long gone, the names remain like Jambagh or guava garden, says Anuradha Reddy, of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, INTACH.
At the exhibition, you can look through a variety of maps across mathematics, medicine, nuclear science, biodiversity, aviation, physics, visual analytics, locomotives, astronomy, cartography, and more.
Some examples of names of places – Moosarambagh was named after French military commander Monsieur Raymond who served the Nizams. He used to live near a bagh which refers to ‘a garden’ as the area was once covered by huge greenery.
Ameerpet was named after Amir Ali, who was gifted a piece of land by Asaf Jah VI, who built a small summer palace there with lots of flora and flowing water bodies. Begumpet was named after Bashir-ul-Nisa Begum, daughter of Sikander Jah, Asaf Jah III. Somajiguda was named after Sonaji, an employee of the revenue department of Roy Ryan Sham Raj. Koti was named after Koti Residency, which once stood there. Lal Darwaza was named after a red gateway that used to exist in the area.