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What Does Your Country's Name Mean?

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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.

12/12/2017, 11:48:12 PM

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I'm from America. Pronounced 'Murica' its meaning has greek origins 'one who shoots guns and drinks beer'

12/13/2017, 5:30:18 AM

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That's precious! Have a lingot on me.

12/13/2017, 5:57:33 AM

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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).

12/12/2017, 11:56:35 PM

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The United States of America. America comes from the name "Amerigo" Vespucci.

12/12/2017, 11:58:26 PM

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I couldn't have said it better myself!

12/12/2017, 11:59:56 PM

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Bolivia is a South American country named after Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan military general known as El Libertador, since he helped liberate colonies from the Spanish Empire during the 19th Century.

12/13/2017, 3:05:59 AM

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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)

12/13/2017, 10:25:49 AM

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The Netherlands (Nederland) means "the lower countries" (de Lage Landen). I don't think it needs further explanation... ^^'

12/13/2017, 1:30:31 PM

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I live in the US but am originally Polish.

Poland means "land of fields". The word "pole" is Polish for field.

12/13/2017, 12:45:48 AM

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Why are people down voting this? it involves language (names of nations) and it is educational.

12/13/2017, 12:00:10 AM

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I'm from a country called South Africa...

12/13/2017, 6:00:44 AM

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Is it called that because it's the most northern country in Africa?

12/13/2017, 9:25:30 AM

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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,

12/13/2017, 12:30:20 PM

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Yeah, I was only joking xD

12/13/2017, 1:00:26 PM

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12/13/2017, 10:33:56 PM

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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'.

12/13/2017, 1:37:09 PM

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My country's name means someone was quite fond of Mr. Vespucci.

12/13/2017, 6:02:44 PM

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I am from Belgium the name refers to a ancient tribe the belgae that lived here over 2000 years ago

12/13/2017, 12:26:17 AM

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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.

12/13/2017, 2:26:26 AM

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I'm from Perth.

12/13/2017, 7:28:45 AM

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I am from Bahrain and it is the Arabic word for "Two Seas".

12/13/2017, 7:25:38 PM
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