The word ‘Gazetteer’ is a derivative of word ‘Gazette’ which is believed to
have been derived from the Greek word ‘Gaza’ meaning ‘treasury of news’.
Gazetta was also the name of the newspaper published by the Government of
Venice in 1566 A.D. that was sold for a coin also named ‘Gazetta’. Later on, in
many countries ‘Gazetta’ came to be recognised as an official bulletin publishing
important circulars of the governments. Gazetteer as per Everyman’s Encyclopedia
is —“an alphabetical arrangement of place names, in other words, a geographical
and topographical dictionary containing more or less abundant information,
comprising statistics, descriptions and historical details”.