On the west side of the South Island of New Zealand are two glaciers (20 kms to the north lays Fox Glacier) that are unique in the world, in that they descend from the Southern Alps right down to almost sea level, and peter out in lush, warm, temperate rainforest at that level.
The glacier was later named after Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria by the German explorer, Julius von Haast in 1865. At least that is the western name for it.
The local, Maori name is Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (‘The tears of Hinehukatere’), arising from a local legend: Hinehukatere loved climbing in the mountains and persuaded her lover, Wawe, to climb with her. Wawe was a less experienced climber than Hinehukatere but loved to accompany her until an avalanche swept Wawe from the peaks to his death. Hinehukatere was broken hearted and her many, many tears flowed down the mountain and froze to form the glacier. (passage from the Wikipedia link on Franz Josef).
Personally, I think the Maori story behind the name is a lot more interesting than some German dude naming it after a guy that had the good fortune of merely being born into royalty, but to each their own.