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'Land of the Ndongo', from Mbundo through Portuguese.
From the Spanish 'Land beside the Silvery river' due to Sebastian Cabot's discovery of silver there in the 16th C.
From the Latin for 'Unknown Southern Land' as advocated by M. Flinders.
Latinization of the Germanization of the Medievel Latin for 'Eastern Land'.
From the Portuguese for 'Bearded Ones', perhaps from the island's fig trees.
From the Portuguese 'red wood', perhaps derived from the Tupi word 'ibirapitanga'.
'Land of Honest Men', from the More and Dioula words for 'upright' and 'father's house'.
From the Portuguese word for 'shrimp' or 'prawn', due to shrimp in the Wouri River.
From the Iroquois word for 'village'.
From the Portuguese word for a green promontory extending into the water.
Arabic for 'moon', derived from the phrase 'Islands of the Moon'.
From the French and so named for its location on the Gulf of Guinea and its trade in elephant tusks.
From the Latin for 'Sunday Island' possibly due to Columbus sighting it on November 3, 1492
Literally 'East East', from the Portuguese and Malay words for the direction.
Spanish for 'Equator.'
From the Latin and Greek for 'Home of the ka of Ptah.'
Spanish for 'The Savior', shortened from 'Province of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.'
From the Italian for 'Land of the Red Sea' and so adopted upon independence from Ethiopia.
From the Tongan mispronunciation of the local 'Viti Levu', popularized by Capt. Cook.
From the Portuguese word for a kind of cloak, to which the Komo River estuary bore a resemblance.
From the Nahuatl word 'Cuauhtēmallān', meaning 'Place of many trees.'
From the Arawak for 'mountainous land'.
Spanish for 'depths' due to deep waters of the Caribbean off its north coast.
From the Turkic 'on-ogur' or 'alliance of the ten tribes', in part due to mistaken Byzantine belief that the people were Turks.
From 'land of Ériu', a Gaelic goddess.
From the Hebrew for 'struggled with God', a Biblical reference to Jacob.
From the Arawak 'Xaymaca' meaning 'land of wood and water.'
Derived from Marco Polo's Italian version of 'jitpun' meaning 'land of the sun.'
From the Kikuyu 'Kere Nyaga' meaning 'white mountain.'
The Gilbertese (native) rendition of the name 'Gilbert Islands.'
From the Serbian for 'Field of the Blackbirds.'
Combination of East Turkic for 'forty tribes' and Persian for 'land.'
Latin for 'land of the free' referring to its founding as a home for repatriated slaves.
German for 'light stone'.
From the Celtic word for 'small' and the German word for 'castle', Thus, 'little castle.'
From the ancient Greek 'makednós' meaning 'tall' or 'the tall ones.'
From the Bamana and Malinké words for 'hippopotamus.'
Surname of British Captain John, who claimed the islands in 1788.
Named for Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange.
Named after a branch of the Aztecs who lived in the area.
'Small islands' from the Greek 'mikros' and 'nesos'.
From the Greek 'monoikos' for 'single dwelling.'
From the Italian (Venetian dialect) for 'Black Mountain.'
From the Nama language for 'Land where there is nothing.'
From the Tibeto-Burman for 'Those who domesticate cattle.'
A Spanish compound of the name of a local leader and the Spanish word for water.
For the River Gir, itself from the Tuareg word for flowing water- 'n'eghirren.'
From the Norse for 'Northern Way.'
From the Urdu for 'pure' and the Persian for 'land.'
From the native 'aidebelau' meaning 'indirect replies', a reference to the local creation story.
From the Spanish for 'Lands of Prince Philip of Austria' (the future King Phillip II of Spain).
From the Latin 'Port of Cale', though the origin of 'Cale' is debated.
From the Byzantine Greek for 'Land of the Rōs.'
Abbreviated forms of the Spanish for 'St. Christopher' and 'Land of our Lady of the Snows.'
From the Portuguese for 'Saint Thomas' and 'Prince.'
From the Portuguese word for the Zenaga tribe and identically named river.
From the Spanish and Portuguese for Lion Mountains.
From the Sanskrit 'Simhapura' meaning 'Lion City.'
For the wealthy Biblical king, whose treasure the Spanish explorers hoped to find.
From the Sanskrit for 'Holy Island.'
From the native language for 'eight islands', though a ninth island has now been settled.
From the Swahili for 'Brothers and Sisters of God.'
Literally, 'Home of the Free', an amalgamation of the Turkic word for 'self', the Sogdian word for 'master' and the Persian word for 'land.'
Derived from the Latin for 'to prophecy'.
Italian for 'Little Venice' because of stilt houses on Lake Maracaibo that reminded Amerigo Vespucci of Venice.
From the Shona 'Dzimba-dze-mabwe' meaning 'House of Stones.'
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