San is masculine for Saint or Holy, and Santa is feminine.

Alameda (al-a-ma'-da). Grove of elms.

Alcatraz (al-ka-traz'). Pelican or seafish.

Almaden (al-ma-dan'). the mine (Arabic).

Alvarado (al-va-ra'-do). The white road.

Alviso (al-ve'-so). The view.

Anaheim (a-na-hime')- Anna's home (German).

Amador (a-ma-dor'). The lover.

Benicia (ba-ne'-she-a). Corruption of Venicia.

Bodega (bo-da-ga). A vault.

Buena Vista (boo-a'-na vees'-ta). Good view.

Calaveras (kal-a-va'-ras). The true skull.

Chico (che'-co). Very small.

Cinch (sinch). To bind with a girth.

Contra Costa (con'-tra cos'-ta). Opposite coast.

Corral (cor-ral'). Yard inclosure.

Coyote (ky-o'-ta). A kind or wolf.

Dalle3 (dals). Stone spout for water. (French.)

Del Monte (del-mon'-ta). Of the mountain.

Del Norte (del-nort'-a). Of the north.

Eldorado (al-do-ra'-do). The golden.

Farallones (far-a-lo'-na3). Rocky islands in the sea.

Fresno (fras'-no). The Ash tree.

Laguna (la-goo'-na). A marsh or shallow lake.

Lobo3 (lo'-bos). Wolves.

Loma Prieta (lo-ma pre-a'-ta). Dark Mountain.

Los Angeles (los an'-ga-las). The Angels.

Los Gatos (los ga'-tos). The cats.

Marin (ma-ren'). Of the sea.

Mariposa (ma-ra-po'-sa). The butterfly.

Martinez (mar'-te'-naz). Name of a person.

Merced (mar-sad'). Mercy, pay or gift.

Modoc (mo'-doc). Strange or hostile Indians (Aztec).

Monte Diablo (mon'-ta de-a'-blo). Devil mountain,

Monterey (mon'-ta-ra'). The king's mountain.

Nevada (na-va'-da). Snowy.

Ojai (o-hi).

Oroville (o-ro-vel'). Gold town.

Pah Utes (pa'-utes). Utahs that live near water. (Indian.)

Pajaro (pa-ha-ro). The bird.

Paso Robles (pa'-so ro'-bels). Pass of Oaks.

Pescadero (pas-ca-da'-ro). The fish.

Petaluma (pet-a-loo'-ma). Low Hills. (Indian.)

Placer (pla' sar). Gold diggings, pleasure.

Plaza (pla' za). Square place or public space in a town.

Plumas (plu'- mas). Feathers.

Potrero (po-tra'-ro). Pasture ground.

Presidio (pra-se'-de-o). Garrison, fortress.

Rincon (ren-con'). Corner.

Rio Vista (re'-o ves'-ta). River view.

Sacramento (sa'-kra man'-to). Sacred mind.

Salinas (sa-le'-nas). Place of salt.

San Andreas (san and-ras'). St. Andrew

San Benito (san ba-ne'-to). St. Benedict.

San Buenaventura (san boo-wan'-a-van-too'-ra). St. Goodfortune.

San Diego (san de-a'-go). St. James.

San Francisco (san fran-ses'-co). St. Francis. San Joaquin (san wa-ken'), St. Joachim. San Jose (san ho-za'). St. Joseph. San Juan (san wan). St. John. San Lorenzo (san lo-ran' zo). St. Lawrence. San Luis Obispo (san lu-es o-bes'-po). St. Louis the Bishop. San Mateo (san ma-ta'-o). St. Matthew. San Pablo (san pa'-blo). St. Paul. San Pedro (san pa'-dro). St. Peter. San Rafael (san ra-fa'-al). St. Raphael. Santa Clara (san-ta cla'-ra), St. Clara. Santa Cruz (san-ta cruz'). Holy Cross. Saratoga (sara-to-ga). Healing water in a rock. (Indian.) Saucelito (sa'-sa-le-to). Little willow. Shasta (shas'-ta). Stonehouse or cave. (Indian.) Sierra (se-a' ra). Saw or mountain chain. Solano (so-la'-no). The potato.

Sonoma (so-no'-ma'). Valley of the moon. (Indian.) Sonora (so-no'-ra). Harmonious sound.

Tahoe (ta'-ho). The big or deep water. (Some say it means grasshopper. (Aztec.)

Tamalpais (ta-mal-pas'). Country of tomales eaters. Temescal (tam-mas-cal'). Sweathouse. (Aztec.) Tomales (to-ma-las). A kind of food. Tulare (tu-la'-ra). The tule or rush. (Indian.) Tule (tu-la). The rush or juncus plant. (Indian.) Utah (u'-ta). Mountain dwellers. (Indian.) Vacaville (va'-ca-vel). Cowtown. Vara (va'-ra). A measure about 33 1/3 inches. Vallejo (va-la'-ho). Big Valley.

Walla Walla (wa'-la wa'-la). Away down (Indian.) Yerba Buena (yer'-ba boo-a'-na). Good herb. Yolo (yo'-lo). Region of rushes or tules (Aztec.) Yosemite (yo-sem'-i-ta). Large grizzly bear (Indian.) Yreka (ye-re'-ka). Cave mountain. Yuba (yoo'-ba). From uvas, grapes.