Talk:Suwarrow

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"Russian general Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov appears as "Suwarrow" in Lord Byron's epic poem Don Juan."

In fact, the island is indirectly named after the general. The island is named for the Russian ship which discovered it (first recorded discovery, anyway), and the ship was named for the general.

Jonathunder 16:05, 2004 Nov 20 (UTC)

Merge Suwarrow National Park here?[edit]

Set up merge request. Reason: National Park article has little significant content. Dysmorodrepanis 23:56, 10 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


No merge should take place here. Although cross referencing should be done. For example Surwarrow vide Surarrow National Park. This article does have significant content and just about contains the entire written history of this Island. Apparently Dysmorodrepanis does not sail nor has ever been there as this writer has sailed the South Pacific and DOES know what he writes about.

Motu Tou[edit]

" Motu Tou is named after this woodland, its name literally means "high island".(Jones 2001)" No. The first part of this sentence is correct, the islet is named after the plant growing on it, the Tou. Motu Tou = ~island (of) Tou... The second part is then meaningless. Also by definition, those atolls are flat, nowhere is there any high terrain so "high island' is highly improbable as a meaning, if one would be needed, which is not the case. "motu tou island" is a pleonasm. BTW nowhere Jones talks of an "high island" in his paper. He is not very familiar with island terminology in any case, writing that 'motu' is a local name when Motu belongs in the https://courses.ess.washington.edu/ess-306/links/Goudie_Encyclopedia_of_Geomorphology.pdf stefjourdan

I have removed the second part of the sentence. Jones' paper mentions that the island contains Tou (Cordia subcordata) trees, but not that it is named for them as far as I can see.-gadfium 03:30, 9 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well, yes, it's not said but it's what was inferred by the writer of this page and he was right in this instance. One possibility is that he/she read something about this name in another paper(s), quoting Jones by mistake. In any case: the names of the motu are of obvious meaning for one who understands polynesian languages: motu oneone = islet sandy, motu kena = islet bobbies, motu manu = islet bird(s), motu tou = islet [Cordia].... see also https://kn0l.wordpress.com/472-2/ Stefjourdan — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.91.251.173 (talk) 09:40, 9 October 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]