How did your country get its name ? - Page 2




 
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Boots
 
February 7th, 2005  
MadeInChina
 
china, the english translation, i dont know how it came but the qin solution seems logical

it means middle kingdom, because us chiense position china as teh center of the world because countries surrounding china seems barbaric and underpopulated ( not any offence intended here)
February 7th, 2005  
Xion
 
Nice info.

Australia means land to the south.
Philippines I think was named after King Philip.
The countries with names ending with ...stan is pretty obvious, the name of tribe of ppl which live there.Like Kazakhstan, land of Kazakh people..

Anyone know the origins of any of these names Russia, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Viet Nam, France, Egypt, Belgium , Denmark, Japan, Spain
February 7th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
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Originally Posted by AA
china, the english translation, i dont know how it came but the qin solution seems logical

it means middle kingdom, because us chiense position china as teh center of the world because countries surrounding china seems barbaric and underpopulated ( not any offence intended here)
Hey, thanks a lot buddy
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Boots
February 7th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
Japan (Nippon).
It's said as "Ni-hon" in Japanese. It means land of the rising sun. The character for Ni is the sun or day. Hon means self. Don't ask me how slapping "sun" and "self" has anything to do with land of the rising sun

Most importantly though, does anyone know how on earth Nihon became Japan???
February 7th, 2005  
chewie_nz
 
Aotearoa = land of the long white cloud

i think is much better than new zealand (Zealand being small island near denmark for some reason?)
February 7th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
I think there are a few Zeelands out there. Means really "Sea Land."

Hey, no need to rub off EVERYTHING of European origin.
February 7th, 2005  
Xion
 
Some more info on the origins of the word 'India' :

The first Article of the Constitution of India, which deals with the official name, states that "India, that is Bharat, shall be a union of states." Thus, not only in usage but officially India and Bharat are both accorded primary status. The name India is derived from the river Indus.

The original name of the river comes from the Sanskrit word for river, sindhu, from which the 's' was dropped by its adoption into Persian. This gave the Persians the name of the land associated with the river, Hindu; and the Greeks, dropping the 'H', Indus. Its name was given to the entire subcontinent by the Romans, who adapted it to the current India.

The word India is the form used by Europeans over the ages.

Interestingly the Vedas did not assign any particular name for India, although some scholars assert that references to Indu in the Rig Veda relate to India's present name.

Some info on the origin of the word 'Bharat', India's pseudo name :

The name "Bharat" is derived from either of two ancient Hindu kings named Bharata, though it is more commonly accepted that the name derives from that of the son of Dushyanta, whom the Mahabharata credits with bringing the whole of Bharatvarsha under his rule and securing the title of an emperor. "Bha" in Sanskrit means knowledge or light, and "rat" is a verb for 'doing'. Bharat is therefore 'the one who is in search of knowledge.' Both names are commonly in use.
February 7th, 2005  
Bootboy82
 
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Anyone know the origins of any of these names Russia, Israel, Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Viet Nam, France, Egypt, Belgium , Denmark, Japan, Spain

I did a little research on wikipedia and this is what i found:
  • Denmark: This name has something to do with "Danevirke" (Dane's work) which is a earthen defense structure.

    Belgium: Belgae, a celtic tribe

    Egypt: The name Egypt came via Latin Aegyptus and Greek ???????? (Aiguptos) from Ancient Egyptian Hi-ku-ptah, which was the name of a temple of the god Ptah at Memphis.

    France: This name comes from the Franks, a Germanic tribe, that overran the Gauls in the fourth centurie AD.

    Sweden: Sweden as a name was originally a plural form of Swede and is a so-called "back-formation", from Old English Sweošeod, the land of the Suiones.

    Norway: According to Icelandic sagas, the "Nor" in Norway is from king Nor Thorrasson, who after he found his sister, went home to his territory. (See Orkneyinga saga.) There is no evidence of this; it is extremely insecure and should merely be taken as mythology. According to sober etymology, the country's name means "the northern way" (the way north), in Old Norse Norvegr or *Noršvegr, in Anglosaxon Noržweg, in mediaeval Latin Northvegia.

    Russia: The vast lands of present-day Russia were home to ununited tribes who were variously overwhelmed by invading Goths, Huns, and Turkish Avars between the third and sixth centuries A.D. The Iranian Scythians populated the southern steppes and a Turkic people, the Khazars, ruled the western portion of these lands through the eighth century, until they were in turn displaced by the Scandinavian Varangians, who established a capital at Novgorod. The Varangian dynasty lasted several centuries, during which they affiliated with the Byzantine, or Orthodox church, and moved the capital to Kiev in 1169 A.D.. In this era the term "Rhos", or "Russ", first came to be applied to the Varangians and the pre-existing Slavs who peopled the region.
February 7th, 2005  
pimp_squeak
 
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Russia: The vast lands of present-day Russia were home to ununited tribes who were variously overwhelmed by invading Goths, Huns, and Turkish Avars between the third and sixth centuries A.D. The Iranian Scythians populated the southern steppes and a Turkic people, the Khazars, ruled the western portion of these lands through the eighth century, until they were in turn displaced by the Scandinavian Varangians, who established a capital at Novgorod. The Varangian dynasty lasted several centuries, during which they affiliated with the Byzantine, or Orthodox church, and moved the capital to Kiev in 1169 A.D.. In this era the term "Rhos", or "Russ", first came to be applied to the Varangians and the pre-existing Slavs who peopled the region.[/list]
Russia was actually named after a tribe of scandinavians inhabiting the region known as the "rus", it's all documented in Ibn Fadlan's manuscript.

As well the meaning of Nippon was mistranslated, "Ni" does mean sun but "pon" means origin, hence land of the rising sun, it's the origin of the sun.
February 7th, 2005  
Bootboy82
 
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Originally Posted by Bootboy82
Russia: The vast lands of present-day Russia were home to ununited tribes who were variously overwhelmed by invading Goths, Huns, and Turkish Avars between the third and sixth centuries A.D. The Iranian Scythians populated the southern steppes and a Turkic people, the Khazars, ruled the western portion of these lands through the eighth century, until they were in turn displaced by the Scandinavian Varangians, who established a capital at Novgorod. The Varangian dynasty lasted several centuries, during which they affiliated with the Byzantine, or Orthodox church, and moved the capital to Kiev in 1169 A.D.. In this era the term "Rhos", or "Russ", first came to be applied to the Varangians and the pre-existing Slavs who peopled the region.[/list]
Russia was actually named after a tribe of scandinavians inhabiting the region known as the "rus", it's all documented in Ibn Fadlan's manuscript.
That's exactly what my posting said