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Countries named after a person

Enter the usual English names of all sovereign countries named after an individual historical or religious figure or a family. The country's name can refer to the person either directly (like the US state Louisiana, named after the French King Louis XIV), or indirectly (like the US state Virginia, named after the English "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I). N.B.: Some of the hints are intentionally tricky (but all are factually correct). The quiz includes also countries named after a thing/fact/notion which in turn was named after a person. Some of the etymologies are disputed, in such cases this quiz reflects the most common/obvious interpretation. Country name whose etymologies were invented retrospectively (such as Italy being named after Odysseus' grandson Italus) are not included.
Last updated: November 07, 2014
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Persian satrap governing the region in 4th centruy BC
Azerbaijan
South American revolutionary (1783-1830)
Bolivia
Genoese merchant and navigator (ca. 1450-1506)
Colombia
Jesus Christ (ca. 1-33)
Dominica
Christian saint (1170-1221), patron of astronomers and founder of a monastic order which bears his name
Dominican Republic
Jesus Christ (ca. 1-33)
El Salvador
Early Christian saint (ca. 275-303) known as the Dragon-slayer
Georgia
The third of the Old Testament Patriachs
Israel
18th-century captain of a British ship carrying convicts to the Southern seas
Kiribati
Aristocratic family for whom the country was created in 1719
Liechtenstein
18th-century captain of a British ship carrying convicts to the Southern seas
Marshall Islands
Ruler of the United Provinces of the Netherlands (1567-1625)
Mauritius
Local sultan at the time of the first European contact
Mozambique
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Early 16th-century local ruler
Peru
King of Spain and Portugal (1527-98)
Philippines
Patron saint of the European discoverer of the country & Our Lady of the Snows
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Early Christian martyr (283-304), patron saint of the bllind
Saint Lucia
Early Christian martyr (d. 304), patron saint of Portugal
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
4th-century monk and later Bishop of Rimini
San Marino
One of the twelve Apostles & King of Portugal (1455-95)
São Tomé and Príncipe
Royal family ruling the country since its creation in 1932
Saudi Arabia
French courtier and politician (1690-1761)
Seychelles
Biblical king of Israel famous for his cunning and wisdom
Solomon Islands
First king of the country (reigned 1840-1868)
Swaziland
God (as defined by Christian theology)
Trinidad and Tobago
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level 75
Jul 4, 2014
Thanks! I learned a lot!
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level 35
Sep 6, 2014
Very hard (7)! Is a neighbour of ancient Iberia really named after a satrap? I really ought to know that, I suppose! And why didn't I think of hagios anybody? Fun!
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level 68
Nov 6, 2014
What about Seychelles? I'm pretty sure that was named after someone. Either that or Comoros
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level 44
Nov 7, 2014
Thank you! You are absolutely correct about Seychelles, I m sorry that one escaped my attention. I will amend the quiz instantly. Cheers!