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      What does Your Country Name Really Mean

      India

      Keeping in mind the Latinate “Ia,” the name “India” refers to “Land of the River Indus.”

      The word “Indus” most likely refers to the Sanskrit “sindhu,” meaning “the sea.”

      Portugal

      Portugal name is derive from the Latin phrase for “warm port,” which referr to the city of Porto, specifically how its harbor was never frozen over.

      Sweden

      Sweden means “Land of the Svear.

      The Svear were a Germanic people who lived around Lake Mälaren.

      France

      France is name after the “Franks,” a Germanic people who were name after the Old German “franka,” meaning “fierce” or “brave.”

      Germany

      Germany means “Germani” referred to the Germanic tribes who were settling in around the river Rhine.

      Deutschland” refers to the Old High German “diutisc,” which means “of the people.”

      Germany basically translates to “Land of the People.”

      Cuba

      As Cuba take its name from the Taino word “Cubanacan“.

      Cuba means “center place.”

      Jamaica

      Jamaica’s name comes from the Arawak people who named it “Xaymaca” or “Yamaya,” meaning “Land of Wood and Water.”

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      Mexico

      Mexico name is a simplified version of the name Metztlixihtlico, which means “In the Navel of the Moon.”

      Trinidad and Tobago

      Christopher Columbus named the island country in the 15th century.

      Trinidad and Tobago mean “Island of the Holy Trinity and Tobacco.”

      Argentina

      Argentina was originally call “Tierra Argentina“. w

      Which translates to “Land beside the Silvery River.” The “Silvery River” refers to the Rio de la Plata, and “Argentina” translates to “Silvery.”

      Brazil

      The country is most likely name after “brazilwood,” a red wood from an East Indian tree, which is used to make dye.

      Venezuela

      Venezuela reminded Spanish colonizers of Venice, so they named it “Little Venice.”

      Papua New Guinea

      Papua” can be trace back to the Malay “papuah,”

      A descriptor of the naturally frizzy hair of Melanesians.

      New Guinea” came from explorers as the locals reminded them of Guineans from Africa.

      Kenya

      Kenya is a shortened name for “Kirinyaga,”

      A Kikuyu word which comes from the Swahili “kere nyaga,”

      Which apparently means “Mountain of Whiteness.”

      Nigeria

      Nigeria means “Land of the Niger River.”

      Canada

      Canada is derive from the word “kanata,” a Huron-Iroquois word meaning “village” or “settlement.”

      Japan

      The English word for Japan actually comes from the Chinese name for the country, “Cipangu.”

      Japan name apparently means “Land of the Rising Sun.”

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      Malaysia

      Malaysia’s name perhaps comes from the Tamil words “malali” and “ur,” meaning “mountain” and “city.” Together: mountain city.

      England

      England means “land of the angles,” referring to the Old English “Engla land.”

      Saudi Arabia

      The word “Saudi” refers to the Sa’ūd ibn Muhammad ibn Muqrin dynasty.

      The word actually means “good fortune,” making the country’s literal translation, “Land of Good Fortune.”

      Thailand

      Thai” means “Free,” which makes Thailand’s translation “Land of the Free.”

      Australia

      It was the Greeks who came up with the name “Terra Australis Incognita,”

      Which means “Unknown Southern Land.”

      Australia translates to mean “Southern Land.

      Italy

      Italy name has been link to the Latin word “vitulus,” which translates to “calf.”

      The word “Italy” can be translate to “Sons of the Bull.”

      Egypt

      The Greeks and Romans named the country “Aiguptos“.

      The Romans named the country “Ægyptus,”.

      Both are link to the Egyptian “hūt-kā-ptah,” meaning “Temple of the Soul of Ptah.”

      Morocco

      Morocco’s name comes from the Arabic “Maghrib-al-Aqsa,” meaning “Extreme West.”

      Indonesia

      Indonesia name derived from the Greek “Indos Nesos,” which translates to mean “Indian Islands.”

      Bangladesh

      Bangladesh means “Land of the Bengalis.

      Desh” can be trace back to “deś,” meaning “land” or “country,”

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      Bengali people take their name from Chief Banga, of the Bang tribe.

      Ethiopia

      Ethiopia was the Greeks who named this country “Aithiops,” meaning “Land of Burnt Faces.”

      Greece

      Greece’s name literally translates to “Land of the Ionians.”

      Pakistan

      Pakistan means :

      • Punjab, 
      • Afghan Frontier, 
      • Kashmir,
      • Baluchistan.

      It could also come from the Iranian “pak,” meaning “pure,” so Pakistan could mean “pure country.”

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