Surprisingly Literal Country Names
Surprisingly Literal Country Names
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SOURCES AND FURTHER READING
Facts About Ecuador: https://www.atlasandboots.com/interesting-facts-about-ecuador/
History Of Ecuador: https://www.infoplease.com/world/countries/ecuador
Countries On The Equator: https://www.infoplease.com/askeds/countries-equator
History Of Gran Colombia: http://staff.esuhsd.org/balochie/studentprojects/grancolombia/index.html
Why Did Ecuador Name Itself Just Equator?: https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Ecuador-just-name-itself-equator
Things You Never Knew About Montenegro: https://theculturetrip.com/europe/montenegro/articles/11-incredible-things-you-never-knew-about-montenegro/
History Of Montenegro: https://www.visit-montenegro.com/montenegro/history/
Why Does Montenegro’s Name Sound Italian?: https://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question101739.html
Facts About Costa Rica: http://www.bahiaaventuras.com/information/costa-rica-facts/
Why Is Our Country Called Costa Rica?: http://www.liveincostarica.com/blog/2017/09/why-our-country-is-called-costa-rica-and-the-origin-of-pura-vida.html
7:13 Venice was not a Kingdom, its famous for being "the most serene republic"
The map of Pakistan is incorrect. You should refer to the UN version of the map.
Regarding Montenegro, the name is translation from its Slavic name Crna Gora into Venetian (and Italian), not the other way around as you said! 😑
Kingdom of venise…? Heu are you sure about that?
I’m South African, but our neighbours also have literal names.
Lesotho, the citizens speak the Sotho language.
Botswana, they speak the Setswana language.
Eswatini, it literally translates to place of Swati – which is their language.
Pretty sure Zealand was in Denmark not the Netherlands last time I checked
Wait, but Ecuador was named by the French
Let me know what other surprising literal country names I may have missed out!
Colorado river. means Red Colored River.
Germany has many different names (e.g. "Deutschland" and "Allemagne"). The Polish word "Niemcy" means "not able to speak" or "the silent ones". The Lakota call Germany "bad speaker land" and the Netherlands "really bad speaker land". 😂 🇩🇪🇳🇱 The Navajo call it "metal cap wearer land" because soldiers’ helmets. And the German word "deutsch" means "of the people" (because the language was spoken by simple people, unlike Latin).
Cote D’ivoire is another one. Ivory Coast.
argentina is actually a food in the phillipines
Isla Nublar is fictitious and is a creation of Michael Creighton, it was set near Costa Rica
when im looking at the map i pronounce ecuador ecuator
i knew 1 and 2
Timor is T-mor not tie-mor
Con-key-stuh-dor, not con-quis-tuh-dor
Isla Nublar… where have I heard that before?
Puerto Rico means "Rich Door" or "Rich Port" so I guess that’s pretty literal
iceland. land of ice. can you BE more literal?
Ecuador is not named after its positioning at the Equator. Ecuador is named Ecuador because the French discovered the position of the Equator in the Geodesic Missions in that country, this Geodesic Mission helped pinpoint where the Equator was, also it helped the French create the Meter, because they had finally messured the globe. All thanks to the Andes mountains of Ecuador, which helped to triangulate the position of what later would be the Equator.
Also, fun fact. Quito, the capital city of Ecuador was named Quito, based on a native language of the region, Quito meaning "The middle of the world". The indigenous people knew that they lived in Ecuador way before anyone else even though that the Equator was there.
Isla Nublar is where Jurassic Park takes place
Hmmmm why is south Africa called that?… why do u think
Ecuador used to share a border with Brasil. Then came Perú. There was a war and all. But yeah, Ecuador used to have a border with Brasil some decades ago.
This video was just painfully obvious for us Spanish speakers
The pacific or should i say Polynesian islands have some interesting names too.
Sāmoa – sacred center
Tokelau – north wind (located north of Sāmoa)
Tonga – south ( located south of Sāmoa)
Niue – middle ( located between Sāmoa and Tonga)
Rarotonga – down south ( main island of Cook Island located south of most of the Cook Islands island)
And Hawaii got its name from Savaii which is the name of the biggest island in Sāmoa.
You forgot Niger / Nigeria which are named after Black
In Macedonian, Montenegro is called: Сирна Гора. Which means: Black Top. lol.
Im slavic so montenegro is really obvious to me ( since its called something like crnogora in most of our languages and crno means black and gora means mountain ) Ecuador i already knew and costa rica i kinda knew since i always forgot what rica means
6:10 WTF negro in Greek means nigga
Can u speak slow,
Can you do a video on languages who put surnames before given names? @nameexplain
list starts at 2:40
Venice was never a kingdom, it was a republic
@0:22 it was in a small house in Surbiton, Surrey to be exact.
Côte d’Ivoire: part of the African coastline used by traders to export ivory.
ecuador – equator
Maybe that feeling is Gree ( Grrrrr + SIgh + Roll ( ing ) )
It was a long time that I learned moutenegro means black mountain.
In my opinion I like the way they named country
Morocco means western land in Arabic because at the time before discovering America they thought it’s the end of land in the western side
6:28 the black mountain of mountainblack
3:43 English language is just like peanuts for me
If Costa Rica made the list, then Puerto Rico should have an honorable mention.
Can you increase the volume of the video
My partner’s family is from Ecuador, and he lived there for a while at age 9, so of course I’m interested in this topic! My mom spent 2 years in Bolivia, so I was extra excited to hear about Simón Bolivar, too.
This ethnologies are only surprising to those that do not speak any romance language
9:47 sees a diploma of my country being given to some random guy.
Me: (proceeds to smash his windows in san jose, the capital of costa rica)
Cyprus also means copper
Argentina means silver
Because of the mines of those metals in there
m e who speaks dutch: equator = evenaar
A cousin of sorts of Equador is Equatorial Guinea, named for its location near both the equator and Gulf of Guinea, and Costa Rica’s cousins are Gold Coast and Ivory Coast, so named because in colonial times gold and Ivory were shipped from their respective ports after being obtained from their interiors