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Country Name Etymology 2
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Last updated: January 07, 2017
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Portuguese sailors referred to this stretch of the African coast as "Serra da Leoa," the “Lion Mountain,” later translated to Italian on some maps.
Derived possibly from "Biru," either the name of a local ruler living in contemporary Panama, or a (non-existent) ethnic group thought to live along the Pacific coast further south
From Greek, “Indian Island”
From the Latin "romanus," meaning “citizen of Rome”
From an English interpretation of the Portuguese "Rio dos Camarões" (Shrimp River)
The essential word of the country’s name derived from an Italian explorer, Amerigo Vespucci
United States of America
Asian coastal country named, according to legend, from an expression, “Baru nah!” (“That’s it!”) uttered by founder Awang Alak Tetatar
Possibly from the Sumerian city of Uruk
Former name derived from a Portuguese interpretation of an expression of the Kikongo language, "Ndzere," meaning “the river that swallows all rivers”
The Greek name appears twice in the Iliad, according to Pliny the Elder derived from a man named Aethiops.
Named for a circle of latitude, sometimes called the great circle
Named for an empire in West Africa, located northwest of the current country
The first part of the name derived from an historical association with the Huns, and the second from a Latinized form of Byzantine Greek, "Oungroi"
Probably from the Iroquoian word "kanata," meaning “village” or settlement”
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