What Does Your Country's Name Mean?
Which country do you come from and what the is meaning behind its name?
I'm from England which derived from Englaland meaning "Land of the Angles" - named after the Anglo-Saxon tribes.
I'm from Brazil. The name refers to a tree native to our eastern shore called Pau-brasil, which was largely extracted and nearly extincted by the Portuguese in the early days of colonization (1500~1600). The word brasil itself is an allusion to the fiery look of the bark, closely tied to the word brasa(ember).
I come from Sweden. The original name in Old Norse was Svitjod (which is still the name for Sweden in Icelandic). It means basically Svea Rike (Realm of Swede) which changed to Sverike to Sverige (the current name of Sweden in Swedish. The name comes from a Germanic tribe.
You can read more here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedes_(Germanic_tribe)
There must be a touch of facetiousness in you comment, surely, or is it a typo? It is the "southern" most country.
Afri was a Latin name used to refer to the inhabitants of Africa, which in its widest sense referred to all lands south of the Mediterranean (Ancient Libya).
The Latin suffix -ica can sometimes be used to denote a land
I believe that South Africa's name derives from the fact that it is the southern most point of the African continent,
I'm from Belarus, and literally it's translated as White Rus'. There are two theories about origin of this name. First one states that it's because of light-haired people who have been living here for many years. And the second one is that these lands weren't pagan, but Christian. We (with Lithuania) also have Black Rus'.
The name Australia is derived from the Latin Terra Australis ("southern land"), a name used for a hypothetical continent in the Southern Hemisphere since ancient times. When Europeans first began visiting and mapping Australia in the 17th century, the name Terra Australis was naturally applied to the new territories.
I live in Cronulla, very near to the Kurnell peninsula, the site of the first landfall on the eastern coastline made by Lt. (later Captain) James Cook in 1770 (Kurnell is approx 9km northeast of Cronulla).
Cronulla is derived from kurranulla, meaning ‘‘place of the pink seashells’’ in the dialect of the area's Aboriginal inhabitants, the Gweagal, who were a clan of the Tharawal (or Dharawal) tribe of Indigenous Australians. They were the traditional custodians of the southern geographic areas of Sydney.