How countries got their names:
• America was named after the map maker of the Americas Amerigo Vespucci.
• India was named after the Indus River.
• England was named after the Anglo-Saxons who lived in the area.
• France was conquered by a group of Germanic tribes called Franks and they lived there for seven years. France was named after the Franks.
• Australia, comes from Tera Australis incognita meaning unknown southland
• Canada, in 1535 two Indian youth told Jacque Cartier about the route to Kanata. They were referring to the village of Stadacona; Kanata was simply the Huron-Iroquois word for village or settlement to refer not only to Stadacona (today Québec city) but also to the entire area subject to its chief.
• Russia was named after the Viking tribe the RUS who founded a settlement there.
• Burundi derives from Rundi (kirundi) the language universally spoken throughout Burundi.
• Guinea, derives from the Berber word aguinaw, or gnawa (black man), which Berbers (nomadic Saharan peoples) have used to describe most of West Africa.
• Kenya was named after Mountain Kenya and this in turn derives from the kikuyu, who refer to the mountain as kirinyaga, or kerenyaga meaning ‘mountain of whiteness’.
• Namibia was derived from Namib, the desert that runs along the Namibia coast. Namib in turn means an area where there is nothing in the local language.
Quote of the Day:
BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER.