You’ll be surprised to learn how these 12 countries got their names

Do you know why Italy is called "Italy"? And how does Venezuela relate to Venice? Find out right now!

While traveling we discover new countries, their sights and traditions. But have you ever thought why countries are named as they are?

Have you ever wondered why countries have their names? Do you know the etymology of any other ones? Share in comments!

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It helps to explain that CHINESE gave the name to Japan, because seen from China, the sun appears to be rasing in Japan. The Japanese evidently loved the name and kept it as written by Chinese but the same characters (with same meaning) have different sounds in Japanese No wonder Nihon doesn't even sound close to Japan, which is close to the Chinese pronunciation of those characters Ri Ben - chinese pronounce Ri sounds more like Ji and P and B sounds almost the same in Chinese, making Jipen what most foreign people heard. Japan...
Jun 19, 2018 2:21AM
c grhm
#6. Dead wrong. Generally accepted today that the namers of Iceland and and Greenland very confused, drunk whatever. Iceland is beautiful, lush and green. Greenland is barren and has no sustainability for greenery. Whoever first name the two really was very confused.
Apr 29, 2020 10:04PM
Caren Rounthwaite
A Spanish expedition to South America in 1449? Are you sure? Did Columbus know about this?
Jul 20, 2019 4:53PM
Darlene Davidson
Interesting. Nauru, I go to the beach is my favourite.
Mar 12, 2019 5:11PM
Louis Nardone
Very informative. So if Italy is the land of calves, I'm Italian or I should say Calvian
Feb 15, 2019 4:56PM
Rabbits are native to Spain, and didn't exist anywhere else before their discovery by the Phoenicians. They called them Ispahan, because they were similar to some Asian rodents, but "sphan" couldn't mean "rabbit" in Phienician. There were no rabbits in Asia.
Jan 18, 2019 11:50PM
Jamaica comes from an Arawak word "xaymaca", land of wood and water
Dec 21, 2018 9:36PM
Elsy O. Stromberg
Euan: Spain is English translation for Espanya.
Nov 27, 2018 4:02PM
Carlota Gamarra
Had great time reading all the interesting data about the origin of these countries' names, even if some of them might be slightly inaccurate. Thanks a million!!! Keep on enlightening us all.
Oct 18, 2018 5:55AM
This was wonderfully interesting. Thank you.
Oct 1, 2018 2:53AM
Informative. Thank you.
Sep 14, 2018 8:39PM
Sacha Birnbaum Adams, La date était 1499 pas 1449.
Sep 7, 2018 1:10PM
How did the Spanish see little houses in Venezuela in 1449 when Columbus was the first European to discover the Americas in 1492?
Aug 5, 2018 11:52PM
Bob Gorby
Canada was really named by lottery. They decided to put all the letters of the alphabet into a Bingo tumbler, and name the country as letters were removed from the tumbler. It went like this: “C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?”
Aug 5, 2018 9:43PM
John Puza
Interesting but not so much!!!
Jul 29, 2018 7:40AM
David Roy
And the Canary Islands are named after dogs.
Jul 29, 2018 4:39AM

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