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Arab royal family that founded the kingdom & still rules itSaudi Arabia
87.8%
Derivation of term meaning 'land of the Franks' or 'land of the free men'France
78.8%
Corruption of local name meaning 'the sun's origin' or 'land of the rising sun'Japan
76.5%
First President Simon BolivarBolivia
75.7%
Spanish adaptation of Portuguese 'Serra-Leõa' for 'lion mountains'Sierra Leone
73%
Proto-Celtic 'Iweriu' for 'the fertile place' or 'Place of Eire', a Celtic fertility goddessIreland
71%
English/Sanskrit variation of name of then-ruling Qin DynastyChina
68.4%
Latin word for 'free' regarding the return of freed American slaves to AfricaLiberia
68%
'Northern way'/'North way' or 'North region'Norway
67%
Portuguese for 'green cape'Cabo Verde
66.8%
Name coined in 1933 by Muslim Cambridge student based on first initials of words such as 'Punjab,' 'Afghan' and 'Kashmir' and the suffix of 'Balochistan'Pakistan
66.3%
King Philip II of SpainPhilippines
65.2%
Explorer Christopher ColumbusColombia
64.7%
Germanic for 'low lands'Netherlands
64.5%
Saint-Lawrence Iroquoian for 'the village' or 'little settlement'Canada
61.6%
Term in the Declaration of Independence and possibly Amerigo VespucciUnited States of America
61%
Probably Sanskrit 'Simhapura' or 'Singhapura' for 'Lion City'Singapore
59.8%
Spanish pronunciation of the name of the city of 'Marrakesh'Morocco
59.2%
Finance Minister to King Louis XV of France, Jean Moreau de SéchellesSeychelles
58.9%
After the indigenous Sotho peopleLesotho
57.8%
Bengali/Sanskrit for 'Bengali country'Bangladesh
56.6%
'White Russia'Belarus
55%
Nahua Aztec tribe and its capital cityMexico
53.9%
Biblical name for patriarch JacobIsrael
51.8%
From medieval stronghold called 'Lucilinburhuc' meaning 'little fortress' or 'little castle' and German for 'fortification', 'keep' or 'borough'Luxembourg
50.9%
Named After ... Country % Correct
Diminutive form of Arabic 'kut' meaning 'fortress built near water'Kuwait
50.8%
Country's largest ethnic group, the TswanaBotswana
50.7%
Swahili version of name for the kingdom of the 52 clans of the Buganda peopleUganda
50.3%
From Semitic root 'LBN' meaning 'white' or 'whiteness' referenced as far back as the Old TestamentLebanon
50.1%
Khmer kingdom of KambujaCambodia
49.4%
Spanish for 'rich coast'Costa Rica
47.8%
Malay word for 'frizzy-haired' (or possibly 'heathen') plus Spanish explorer's observation that locals resembled inhabitants of Guinea in AfricaPapua New Guinea
47.3%
The Biru River named for 'biru' or 'piru' meaning waterPeru
42%
From Latin for 'Sunday', the day Columbus first landed thereDominica
41.9%
Arabic for 'land of the blacks'Sudan
41.2%
From Portuguese for 'Saint Thomas and Prince (Islands)'São Tomé and Príncipe
41%
From Latin for 'silver' or 'land of silver'Argentina
40.7%
Ruling family whose name in German means 'light (as in bright) stone'Liechtenstein
39.5%
Spanish 'Baja Mar' meaning 'low (shallow) sea'Bahamas
38.5%
Italian for 'Little Venice' as named by European explorersVenezuela
36.3%
From Portuguese 'Rio de Camaroes' meaning 'River of Shrimp' or 'River of Prawns'Cameroon
34.6%
A province in the Netherlands whose name means 'sea land'New Zealand
29%
From Latin for ‘of the south’ or 'unknown southern land'Australia
28.5%
'South' or 'Southern' referring to the country's location relative to SamoaTonga
27.1%
Southern Spanish city of same nameGrenada
24.7%
Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelling, and Spanish for 'Our Lady of the Snows'St. Kitts and Nevis
20.2%
Adaptation of 'Gilbert' from former name the 'Gilbert Islands'Kiribati
14.7%
Probably Latin for 'to prophesy' and hill named thereafter used by fortunetellers and soothsayersVatican City
13.1%
Arabic 'kamar' or 'kumr' meaning 'moon' as in 'Djazair al Kamar' meaning 'Island of the Moon'Comoros
12.9%
Probably Persian for 'forty tribes', 'forty girls' or 'imperishable' plus Persian for 'place' or 'homeland'Kyrgyzstan
11.9%
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