How to say BIGFOOT in 50 languages with Europe in a Day!

A creature so elusive, it got one of its most widely used names from the footprints left in its wake… for centuries, stories of Bigfoot or Sasquatch have been passed down by indigenous cultures all over the United States, Asia and Australasia… and they’ve even been spotted in Europe too! There are thousands of reported sightings around the world even today and the debate still rages as to whether people are seeing a real animal or if it’s a case of imaginations running wild in the deep dark woods…

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Alma, Abominable Snowman, Yowie… there are many names for these huge half-ape, half-human creatures said to roam the world’s wild places. Now you can learn some of names for Bigfoot in the 50 languages of Europe in a Day!

As with naming many mythological animals, things aren’t always straightforward. Many languages simply use ‘bigfoot’ or similar (bigfut, saskvotch etc…) as a direct calque from English to the point where apparently it has no native name in the language. Others distinguish between a Sasquatch and Yeti and use different words for both, while some cultures have similar beasts in their own mythologies and use names for them that make no reference to giant feet!

Even for languages that still use English ‘bigfoot’ or equivalent, I’ve included a translation for the words ‘big’ and ‘foot’ to try and create a more authentic name in the language.

  1. Albanian – Këmbëmadhi
  2. Arabic – ذو القدم الكبيرة (Dhu alqadam alkabira)
  3. Armenian – Մեծ ոտք (Mets votk’)
  4. Azerbaijani – Böyük ayaq
  5. Basque – Oin Handi
  6. Belarusian – Вялікая ступня (Vyalikaya stupnya)
  7. Bulgarian – Голямата стъпка (Golyamata stupka)
  8. Catalan – Peus grans
  9. Croatian – Veliko stopalo
  10. Czech – Velká noha
  11. Danish – Storfod
  12. Dutch – Grote Voet
  13. Estonian – Suurjalg
  14. Faroese – Stórur fótur
  15. Finnish – Isojalka
  16. French – Grand Pied
  17. Georgian – დიდი ტერფი (Didi t’erpi)
  18. German – Großfuß
  19. Greek – Μεγαλοπόδαρο (Megalopódaro)
  20. Greenlandic – Isigakkaaq
  21. Hungarian – Nagylábú
  22. Icelandic – Stórfótur
  23. Irish Gaelic – Gruagach
  24. Italian – Piedone
  25. Jèrriais – Grand-pid
  26. Latin – Magnus Pes
  27. Latvian – Lielpēdis
  28. Lithuanian – Didžiapėdis
  29. Low German – Groot Foot
  30. Luxembourgish – Grousse Fouss
  31. Macedonian – Големото стапало (Golemoto stapalo)
  32. Maltese – Ta’ Siequ Kbira
  33. Manx – Cass Mooar
  34. Monégasque – Pen Grand
  35. Northern Sami – Stállu*
  36. Norwegian – Storfot
  37. Polish – Wielka Stopa 
  38. Portuguese – Pé-grande
  39. Romanian – Picior mare
  40. Russian – Большая ступня (Bol’shaya stupnya)
  41. Scots Gaelic – Am Fear Liath Mòr*
  42. Serbian – Велико стопало (Veliko stopalo)
  43. Slovak – Veľká noha
  44. Slovene – Velika noga
  45. Spanish – Pie Grande
  46. Swedish – Storfot
  47. Swiss German – Gross Fuäss
  48. Turkish – Kocaayak
  49. Ukrainian – Велика нога (Velika Noha)
  50. Welsh – Troedfawr
  • Greenlandic – Isigakkaaq coined by me, “one with a big foot”
  • Northern Sami – Stállu is a large, human-like creature in Sami mythology said to live in forests and eat people
  • Scots Gaelics – Am Fear Liath Mòr, or The Big Grey Man, is a 10ft tall creature with large feet said to roam around on Ben Macdui mountain in Scotland.

Author: James Scanlan
Banner Image Source: still from the Patterson–Gimlin film (1967)


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