It's not unusual to feel patriotic hearing the name of your home country. But what does that name actually mean? It might not be quite as regal as you'd expect. Still, how can you not love a translation like "bearded ones," "frizzy-haired," or "fish scale"? According to research compiled by Quartz from the toponymy reference book "Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names," basically every country on Earth is named after one of four things (though many origins are understandably murky). Do you know which category your country falls under?
1. Feature of the Land
2. A Directional Description
3. A Tribe Name
4. An Important Person ... Who Is Most Likely a Man
The Alternative Names Of 17 Countries
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Written by Joanie Faletto March 8, 2018
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