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Named After ... Country % Correct
Arab royal family that founded the kingdom & still rules itSaudi Arabia
87.3%
Derivation of term meaning 'land of the Franks' or 'land of the free men'France
78.1%
Corruption of local name meaning 'the sun's origin' or 'land of the rising sun'Japan
75.5%
First President Simon BolivarBolivia
75%
Spanish adaptation of Portuguese 'Serra-Leõa' for 'lion mountains'Sierra Leone
71.8%
Proto-Celtic 'Iweriu' for 'the fertile place' or 'Place of Eire', a Celtic fertility goddessIreland
70.1%
English/Sanskrit variation of name of then-ruling Qin DynastyChina
67.2%
Latin word for 'free' regarding the return of freed American slaves to AfricaLiberia
66.7%
'Northern way'/'North way' or 'North region'Norway
65.8%
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
65.1%
Portuguese for 'green cape'Cabo Verde
64.9%
King Philip II of SpainPhilippines
63.7%
Explorer Christopher ColumbusColombia
63.5%
Germanic for 'low lands'Netherlands
62.9%
Saint-Lawrence Iroquoian for 'the village' or 'little settlement'Canada
61.7%
Term in the Declaration of Independence and possibly Amerigo VespucciUnited States of America
60.2%
Probably Sanskrit 'Simhapura' or 'Singhapura' for 'Lion City'Singapore
58.5%
Spanish pronunciation of the name of the city of 'Marrakesh'Morocco
57.3%
Finance Minister to King Louis XV of France, Jean Moreau de SéchellesSeychelles
56.4%
After the indigenous Sotho peopleLesotho
56.2%
Bengali/Sanskrit for 'Bengali country'Bangladesh
54.3%
Nahua Aztec tribe and its capital cityMexico
52.6%
'White Russia'Belarus
52.4%
Biblical name for patriarch JacobIsrael
51.8%
Diminutive form of Arabic 'kut' meaning 'fortress built near water'Kuwait
49.6%
Named After ... Country % Correct
Country's largest ethnic group, the TswanaBotswana
49.6%
From medieval stronghold called 'Lucilinburhuc' meaning 'little fortress' or 'little castle' and German for 'fortification', 'keep' or 'borough'Luxembourg
49.4%
From Semitic root 'LBN' meaning 'white' or 'whiteness' referenced as far back as the Old TestamentLebanon
48.9%
Swahili version of name for the kingdom of the 52 clans of the Buganda peopleUganda
48.8%
Khmer kingdom of KambujaCambodia
47.2%
Spanish for 'rich coast'Costa Rica
46.5%
Malay word for 'frizzy-haired' (or possibly 'heathen') plus Spanish explorer's observation that locals resembled inhabitants of Guinea in AfricaPapua New Guinea
45.6%
The Biru River named for 'biru' or 'piru' meaning waterPeru
41.4%
Arabic for 'land of the blacks'Sudan
40.5%
From Latin for 'Sunday', the day Columbus first landed thereDominica
40.3%
From Latin for 'silver' or 'land of silver'Argentina
38.4%
From Portuguese for 'Saint Thomas and Prince (Islands)'São Tomé and Príncipe
38.2%
Ruling family whose name in German means 'light (as in bright) stone'Liechtenstein
37.3%
Spanish 'Baja Mar' meaning 'low (shallow) sea'Bahamas
37%
Italian for 'Little Venice' as named by European explorersVenezuela
34.8%
From Portuguese 'Rio de Camaroes' meaning 'River of Shrimp' or 'River of Prawns'Cameroon
33.6%
From Latin for ‘of the south’ or 'unknown southern land'Australia
26.9%
A province in the Netherlands whose name means 'sea land'New Zealand
25.6%
'South' or 'Southern' referring to the country's location relative to SamoaTonga
24.8%
Southern Spanish city of same nameGrenada
23%
Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelling, and Spanish for 'Our Lady of the Snows'St. Kitts and Nevis
18.6%
Adaptation of 'Gilbert' from former name the 'Gilbert Islands'Kiribati
13%
Probably Latin for 'to prophesy' and hill named thereafter used by fortunetellers and soothsayersVatican City
12.3%
Arabic 'kamar' or 'kumr' meaning 'moon' as in 'Djazair al Kamar' meaning 'Island of the Moon'Comoros
11.5%
Probably Persian for 'forty tribes', 'forty girls' or 'imperishable' plus Persian for 'place' or 'homeland'Kyrgyzstan
10.8%

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