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King Mswati II
Jacob, called Israel in the Bible
Jean Moreau de Séchelles
King Philip II of Spain
Maurice of Nassau
Qin Shi Huang
Amerigo Vespucci or Richard Amerike
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Nov 11th, 2010 at 23:11 GMT
Apart from the fact that Colombia is spelled wrong, I would argue that several of these are named for ethnic groups rather than individuals, and using the archaic names is not accurate.
Nov 11th, 2010 at 23:15 GMT
Thanks, @Kroxquo. I thought it was Columbia, until I checked my source.
Nov 11th, 2010 at 23:34 GMT
Bermuda and Gibraltar are not countries. Also, Dominica and St Kitts are both named after saints, but missing from your list.
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Nov 11th, 2010 at 23:44 GMT
@JRL, who is Dominica named after? St. Kitts is not a country.
Nov 12th, 2010 at 00:49 GMT
St. Kitts and Nevis of course is a country, and it's named after Saint Christopher (whether the saint was real or legendary is a different question). Dominica is from Latin dies dominica, "Sunday" (from the day of the week in which it was discovered by Columbus), so it isn't named after a saint. Georgia derivating from St. George seems to be only a folk etymology; a few days ago I read in a comment to other game how the autochthonous name Sakartvelo evolved into Georgia (a convoluted derivation, as you can see), but seemingly it's not related to St. George.
Nov 12th, 2010 at 00:51 GMT
Also try Randy59's game, "US States Named After Individuals".
Nov 12th, 2010 at 01:56 GMT
As already mentioned, Bermuda and Gibraltar are not countries. Also, can you really say Zimbabwe is named after Cecil Rhodes if it's not called Rhodesia anymore?
Nov 12th, 2010 at 02:08 GMT
If you're going to accept Czech Republic, shouldn't you also accept Russia since Rus was supposed to be Cech's brother?
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Nov 12th, 2010 at 02:46 GMT
what about turkey? named for ataturk?
Nov 12th, 2010 at 04:11 GMT
Chad should be a bonus :)
Nov 12th, 2010 at 04:55 GMT
Turkey was not named for Kemal Atatürk.
Nov 12th, 2010 at 21:11 GMT
Rhodesia is not a country. Zimbabwe is a country and it is not named for a person. HOWEVER, if you DO count Zimbabwe, then you'd also have to count Zambia and Malawi which were collectively known as the "Federation of Rhodesia and Nyassaland." But then you shouldn't count it at all. If you were to count it then you'd have to go back through history and find all instances of nations named for people and include them as well, such as Saint-Domingue. (At least back to the early modern period, if you wanted to get involved in the debate about nationalism). Also, you still include GIbraltar and Bermuda. If you include them, why not include the island St. Thomas? It is inconsistent.
Nov 15th, 2010 at 18:02 GMT
Got to use the proper English name. Greece isn't named after a person, and that's the recognized English name. While it's true that Hellas is (supposedly) named after a person, that's not the proper name.
Nov 15th, 2010 at 21:20 GMT
@scherzophrnic: It's the other way - Ataturk was named from the country/people. His given name was Mustafa Kemal.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 14:40 GMT
Liechtenstein is missing even though it is listed in your source.
Nov 18th, 2010 at 23:02 GMT
What about Jordan? Isn't that named after busty glamour model Katie Price?
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