Starting with Vale:
Let's see....the YT Captions call it Sanas, and it most certainly sounds that way. The Wikia says it's Sunnus, though personally it doesn't sound like Sunnus (that would sound more like "son-nos" to me).
Youtube Captions are unreliable since everyone can edit them. And the Wikia admits they don't actually know if it's Sunnus or not. Hence why I made this thread.
I believe it is indeed Sanas. Not just from how it sounds, but for other reasons. For starters, no location so far has a meaningless/gibberish name. Vale, Mistral, Vacuo and Atlas all have meanings, they are actual words.
-Vale: A valley / -Mistral: A cold, strong wind at the northen mediterranean.
-Vacuo: Vaccum / Void / -Atlas: The Greek Titan, punished with carrying the Celestial Spheres.
Just to give examples. The same goes with their Academies and Combat Schools.
So, we should assume the continents are the same. They also have a meaningful name. In Vale's case, it's continent has at least 2 possible options for a name so far: Sanas, and Sunnus. How do we know which one is (the more likely to be) the one? Simple: We check and see which one has meaning.
-With Sunnus, I searched. But found nothing, neither a meaning in a dictionary, or even how to pronounce it. The closest I found was Sonus, which has a very different pronounciation from Sanas, which is how I heard Qrow call the continent, and how the captions say it is.
-With Sanas, I found many meanings. For starters, in Portuguese and Spanish, it's second-person, plural, present-tense for "Heal".
Second of all, it also has a meaning in Irish and Scottish, which our resident Irish GreyStark could please confirm. That meaning is, according to dictionaries: An announcement, signal, sign, warning.
Why the italics? Because consider what the academies of Vale are called, and the meaning of their names. It fits so much, I really doubt it was unintentional. That is, assuming it's true.
For a similar reason to the first point, there's also Sanus, the latin word that means "Healthy", from which Sanar and related words come from.
Hence why I believe it really is Sanas. Sunnus isn't even a word. A name, maybe, but names can be anything; I've seen people with name "Ng" (yes, no vocals, just Ng. "En-gee").
At the very least, it's the one that is an actual word with actual meaning so far. So, given the other location names also have meanings and are actual words, Occam's Razor says that, between these 2, Sanas is the answer to believe in, at least for the moment, besides Sanus.
Okay, Mistral's WoR is public now. To save space I'll use this same thread to discuss the continent's name, and after change the title to a more appropiate one.
Though for starters, I have to say, Chishio was right. Qrow pronounced Vale's continent differently. It sounded like "Sanes" or "Samus" this time. Thank you RT's Voice Director(s).
Alright, so, Mistral's continent seems to be called "Onym", if captions are to be trusted. And indeed, part of me says it does sound like that. The other part instead says it sounds like Onem.
-Onem: I looked it up, the closest thing to a meaning that I found was Wiktionary, who said it was Turkish. Apparently, it means "Importance", or something like that.
-Onym: I looked around and found even less than Onem.....Well, I did try Google Translate to see what would happen. It said it's Polish, and means......"Salty".
-I tried Onen just in case. In it's case, I found it was an alternative form of Onan, cornish for 1.
-And also just in case, I wondered if "Onem" was supposed to be a sort-of-inversion of Omen. Although it would sort-of break consistency with the other location names. Omen in itself means Foreboding, an Augury or Sign.
Hopefully someone can find something more informative.
Personally, I'd say it's Onym if I have to choose from those 3; Although it's a stretch, interpreting Salty as refering to "Salt Water" can lead to a connection of sorts with Haven (a body of water, usually natural, where ships take shelter), similar to Sanas and Beacon/Signal, although it doesn't make any connection with Sanctum.
I also wondered if maybe it was Onim. I didn't find anything even slightly useful.....but it did make me wonder. Maybe it's sort-of derived/based on the japanese word Oni. An Oni is a creature of japanese mythology, usually a demon, ogre or spirit. Given Mistral's clear Asian influence, I'd consider it an option.
That makes their technological advances all the more impressive. Technology typically improves in highly competitive climates. The reason Europe gained technological superiority after the dark ages was because each power wanted to be better than the others.