A. The name of the game - "Spinning top" around the world

Sorted by country. If you want a list sorted by name,
see here.
CountryNameReal letters
Argentina Trompo
AustraliaKolap (Island of Mer in the Torres Straits)
Pewer kolap (Island of Mer in the Torres Straits)
Wana (Mabuiag in the Torres Straits)
Bali (balinean) Gangsing
Belgium Draaitol (Dutch)
Muziektol (Dutch)
Toppen (Dutch)
Toupie (French)
Dop (Flemish dialect)
Brazil Pião
Bulgaria Pumpal
Bosnia Svrdlo
Burundi Akamari
Cambodia Too loo (Hmong)
China Tuoluo
Too loo (Hmong)
Colombia Trompos
Croatia Svrdlo
Zvrk
Czech Republic Káca
Denmark Snurretop
Esperanto Turbo
Estonia Vurr
Finland Hyrrä
France Toupie, f.
Germany Danzknöpfli (Schwarzwald)
Dilldop (Köln)
Dreidel
Havergeis (Schwarzwald)
Kreisel, m.
Schnurre, f. (old form)
Wendekreisel (tippe top)
Ghana Akondodee
Ate
Greece Svouraσβουρα
Sbora
Guatemala Trompos
Hungary búgócsiga (humming top)
Pörgettyu;
Pörgö
Csiga
literally - snail.

Iceland Skopparahringla
India Bambaram (tamil)
Bhamaido. Pronounced : bha - my - doe
(Gujarat - a mid western Indian state)

Bhoura. Pronounced : bho-rra
(Maharashtra)

Buguri
(Kannada and Tulu languages)

Lattoo
(Hindi)

Iran Fer Ferè
Iraq Dauama (South)
Laulab
Musraa (slang)
Israel Dreidel (Yiddish)
Forfera (Hebrew)
peg top
Rolera (Hebrew)
peg top
Sevivon (Hebrew)
Literally: turning/spinning
Italy Sotula (Turin, Piedmont)
Trottola, f.
Japan Koma asobi
Korea Pang-Ih
Kuwait Dawammahh
Laos Too loo (Hmong)
Latvia Vilcins
Lithuania Vilkelis
Marocco Trombia
Malaysia Gasing (in the Malay language)
Mexico Trompo
Pirinola
Netherlands Tol ("Tollen" is the name of playing with the "tol").
Bromtol (Brom = buzzing)
Draaitol (Draaien=to turn)
New Zealand Potakas (Maori)
Norway Kattimann (Hovdenakken, Romsdalen)
Kåtekall (Øygarden N/W of Bergen)
Snurrebass
also used as slang for the male genital

Snørekall
top started with cord.

Speril (Røra in Innherad)
Literally - lambs tail.

Spinnhurr (Hemsedal)
I Hemsedal kallar me "snurrebass" for spinnhurr. Det er eit godt namn, for å spinne tyder å gå rundt, spinne på rokken - der er det mange ting som går rundt, både tråden, snella og hjulet, eller bilhjul som spinn på glatt føre, og hurre tyder også å gå rundt, som i uttrykket "hurra meg rundt". I hurre (eit onomatopoetikon) ligg også lyden eller duren som spinnhurren lagar når han går rundt på eit tregolv.

Sylletopp (Stavanger)
Pakistan Latoo (Sindh province)
Peru Trompo
Philippines Ka-sing (cebuano, visayan)
Trumpo (tagalog)
Poland Baczek
Bak
Portugal Pião
Piorra
Smaller top

Piasca
Smaller top hand spun by string.

Zarasca
Smaller, cheap top, Northern Portugal.

Chasca
Smaller top, Northern Portugal

Puerto Rico Chobita
small top - literally - small fish

Vaca
large top - literally - cow

Romania Titirez
Russia Volchok
Serbia Cigra
pronounced 'chigra'
Spain Baldufa (Barcelona - Catalunya)
Buxaina (Galicia)
from buxo the Galician word for the wood of which spinning tops were made in the older days (if I have understood the Spanish message from Luis Ramas correctly). Jim Lemon told me: Buxus Spp. is the botanical name for boxwood.Hard, heavy, excellent for taking detail and turning. Also extremely durable. Sounds like good top material to me.

Galdrufa (Aragon)
Peon (Aragon)
Peonza, f. (Aragon)
Pirindola (Aragon)
Pirulo (Aragon)
Refinadera (Aragon)
Trompa, (Valencia)
Trompo, m. (Barcelona - Catalunya)
Trompitxol (Barcelona - Catalunya)
Virolet
Sri Lanka Pamper
Sweden Snurra
Switzerland Kreisel
Pfurri, n.
Spielkreisel
Stubentänzer, m.
Surrlibutz (humming top)
Suuri (Baseldeutsch)
Wiirpel (Baselbieter dialect)
Zwiirbel, m.
Taiwan Gan Leh
Thailand Luke Khang (Thai)
Too loo (Hmong)
Turkey Topac (pronounced 'toepatch')
United Kingdom Humming top
Spinning top
United States Top
Venezuela Trompos
Zaranda
(tin pump top)

Vietnam Too loo

Please tell me (Knut Hegna) what it's called at your place. Write to Knut.Hegna at ub.uio.no.

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