The etymology or origin of words which are used to name countries is very fascinating as it says a lot about the people who founded and live in a place. Recently an Australian credit card comparison site put together maps of what each country’s name literally means. We found it very insightful and so are sharing it with you.
A quick look around the globe shows that many countries have names which describe that their people and values. For instance Canada literally means The Village which is fitting as it’s open immigration policies make it a global village. China means Center Kingdom or other translations call it the Middle Kingdom as to the ancient Chinese their land was at the center of the known world.
But perhaps our favorite is Sri Lanka or Blessed Island.