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Country Names from their Etymology
Name the countries using the etymology of the country name. Sourced from Wikipedia's
List of country name etymologies
Last updated: November 14, 2018
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June 20, 2018
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Land beside the Silvery River
Land of Bolivar
Land of Columbus
Derived from the Italian for "Little Venice"
Likely from "baja mar" ("low" or "shallow sea")
Bearded Ones – the name may derive from the appearance of the island's fig trees or from the beards of the indigenous people
"Forest", from the Nahuatl "Cuauhtēmallān" (lit. "Place of Many Trees")
From the Taíno/Arawak Indian 'Xaymaca', "Land of wood and water". Clue: read the local name carefully
From the Iroquoian word for "village". Clue: small name for a big country.
Land of the Aesti
From the German meaning "eastern borderland"
Land of the Franks
From the Turkic 'on-ogur', "(people of the) ten arrows".
From the German "light stone" ("light" as in "bright").
Little Castle. Clue: small but very luxurious
From the Greek "Melita" (Μελίτη) meaning "honey"
"Black Mountain" in the Venetian dialect of Italian
"Island of Hyraxes" (a kind of rabbit), derived from the Punic ʾÎ-šəpānîm (אי שפנים). Clue: Not an island (!), and read the Punic carefully
"Edge, borderland" from the Slavic "kraj" or "okraina"
"Land of the Aryans" or "Land of the Free"
El(God) Persists / Rules
From the Hebrew and Canaanite root "ירד yrd" – "descend" (into the Dead Sea).
From the Arabic diminutive form of "كوت" (Kut or Kout), meaning "fortress built near water"
Country of the Tswana
From the Arabic "al-Jazāʼir" (الجزائر, "the Islands"), a truncated form of "Jazā’ir Banī Māzġānna" (جزائر بني مازغان, "Islands of the sons of Mazġannā")
Land of the Rundi Speakers
From the Kanuri word "tsade" ("lake")
"Cloak", from the Portuguese 'Gabão', bestowed on the Komo River estuary for its supposed resemblance to a gabão, a kind of pointy-hooded overcoat
"Land of the Red Sea" from the Greek Erythrá Thálassa (Ἐρυθρά Θάλασσα, "Red Sea").
From the Kikuyu "Kere Nyaga" ("White Mountain")
"Country of the Free", so named because the country was established as a homeland for freed (liberated) African-American slaves.
Land of the Moors
Probably from the Berber "mur [n] akush" (ⵎⵓⵔ ⵏ ⴰⴽⵓⵛ, "Land of God")
Probably comes from the name of a previous Arab ruler, the sheik Mussa Ben Mbiki
From the Nama language meaning "Area where there is nothing"
From a native term meaning "River Gir" or from Tuareg "n'eghirren" ("flowing water")
"Lion Mountains", adapted from the Spanish
Land of Tanganyika and Zanzibar
Land of the Zambezi
"House of Stones", "Dzimba-dze-mabwe" in the Shona language
Country of the Bang
Land of the Kambojas, from Sanskrit "Kambojadeśa"
From the Sanskrit "maladvipa" (मालदीव), meaning "garland of islands".
"Land of the Pure" in Urdu and Persian
"Lion City", derives from Sanskrit word simhapura (सिंहपुर)
An adaptation of "Gilbert", from the former European name the "Gilbert Islands". Clue: begins with 'K'
Indigenous name is Aotearoa meaning "Land of the Long White Cloud". Clue: named after a Dutch province
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