Some of them are obvious and named after geographic features. Like for example…
Ecuador means “The Equator” named after the fact the equator runs through the country just north of Quito.
Chile means “Where The Land Ends” because the land literally ends there. The country occupies 70% of South America’s western coastline.
Australia appropriately derives from the words “The Southern Land” which needs no explanation.
Then you’ve got countries that are named after nature or wildlife.
Like “Spain” which means “Land of Many Rabbits” – hopefully not named after the people of Spain’s reproductive habits.
Cameroon which means “River of Prawns” – which is one seafood buffet that I can get behind.
They may not be the most creative names, but they got the job done.
You’ve also got countries that are named after the people who originally occupied them.
Like “Poland” which means “People of the Fields” – although you could’ve named most countries in Europe that back then.
Estonia means “Waterside Dwellers” which makes sense given that most Estonians live on islands or peninsulas.
“Serbia” – means “Land of the Men” which sounds like a terrible place to swipe right on Tinder.
Macedonia means “Land of Tall People” which is where Nicole Alexander would’ve gone to gold dig back in the day.
The world has changed since countries were originally named. Can you imagine if we renamed every country in the world today?
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