Countries Named After People

Countries Named After People

Here is a list of countries who were named after certain people. I have tried my best to keep the facts true. 

please keep in mind that i am not an etymologist, just a curious mind.

Country Name: Republic of Armenia

Person Named After:  Armenak

Armenak is the great grandson of Haik (Hayk), is the legendary patriarch and founder of the Armenia

Armenian Diaspora

Armenian Diaspora

Country Name: Azerbaijan    

Person Named After:  Atropat

Atropat was a  prominent commander and ruler  of ancient Atropatena on 4th century BC what is the inheritance of the modern Azerbaijan.   

Western Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean following the Fourth War of the Diadochi in 301 BCE.

Atropatena

 Country Name: Bermuda   

Person Named After:  Juan de Bermúdez

Juan de Bermúdez was a Spanish navigator of the 16th century. His fame is chiefly due to his discovery of the Bermuda Islands in 1503

Its interesting to read the log of juan de bermudez in which i believe he referes to exploration and discovery of the island

Bermuda Islands

Bermuda Islands

 Country Name: Bharat (India)

Person Named After:  Emperor Bharata

Bharata is a legendary king in Hindu mythology. He was the first to conquer all of Greater India, uniting it into a single entity which was named after him as Bhāratavara. Bharata’s empire covered all of the Indian subcontinent, Bactria, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgistan, Turkmenistan, and Persia.

 Bhāratavarṣa

Bhāratavarṣa

 Country Name: Bolivia

Person Named After: Simón Bolívar (Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte Blanco)

Simón Bolívar was one of the most important leaders of Spanish America’s successful struggle for independence against Spain. Following the triumph over the Spanish Monarchy, Bolívar participated in the foundation of Gran Colombia, a nation formed from several liberated Spanish colonies.

Gran Colombia

Gran Colombia

 Country Name: Republic of Colombia

Person Named After: Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus was a Genoese navigator, colonizer and explorer whose voyages across the Atlantic Ocean—funded by Queen Isabella of Spain—led to general European awareness of the American continents in the Western Hemisphere.

Columbus Map

Columbus Map

 Country Name: Philippines

Person Named After: King Philip II 

Philip II was King of Spain from 1556 until 1598, King of Naples from 1554 until 1598, king consort of England and Ireland from 1554 to 1558[1][2], lord of the Seventeen Provinces from 1556 until 1581, holding various titles for the individual territories, such as Duke or Count; and King of Portugal and the Algarves as Philip I of Portugal from 1581. He ruled one of the world’s largest empires which included territories in every continent then known to Europeans. Philip’s dominions further included the Kingdom of Sicily, the Duchy of Milan, and Franche Comté, a strategically important territory on the eastern borders of the kingdom of France.

The Philippines

The Philippines

 

Country Name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Person Named After: “Imam” Muhammad ibn Saud

Muhammad ibn Saud is considered the first head of the House of Saud, which is technically named for his father, Saud ibn Muhammed ibn Muqrin. The initial power base was the town of Ad-Dar’iyah, where he met Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab, who came to Saud for protection. Ibn Saud granted this and the two decided to work together to rid the Arabian peninsula of what they saw as innovations in the practice of Islam by bringing the religion back to its purest form. They formed an alliance, and this was formalized by the wedding of Ibn Saud’s son to Ibn Abdul Wahhab’s daughter.

 

Saud Family Treet

Saud Family Treet

Country Name: Republic of Seychelles

Person Named After: Jean Moreau de Séchelles

Jean Moreau de Séchelles was a French official and politician.The Seychelles islands, ceded to the French East India Company in 1756, were named in his honor.

French East India Company

French East India Company

 

Country Name: Kingdom of Swaziland

Person Named After: King Mswati II

Mswati II was the king of Swaziland. He was also the eponym of Swaziland. Called by the anthropologist Hilda Kuper “the greatest of the Swazi fighting kings,” Swaziland reached its greatest territorial extent under Mswati II (Kuper (1980 [1947]). He was the son of Sobhuza I of Swaziland.

 

Kingdom of Swaziland

Kingdom of Swaziland

 

Country Name: Kingdom of Cambodia

Person Named After: Sage Kambu Swayambhuva

Kambu Swayambhuva (or Kaundinya) was a Hindu sage prince of Kamboja lineage who finds mention along with sage Agastya, Kaundinya Swayambhuva, king Rajendra Chola, king Ashoka Maurya and king Pushyamitra Shunga in Shloka-22 in Ekamata Stotra. The legend holds that Kambu Swayambhuva was a learned prince who had initially been an Indian king. He had ventured into the Far East and entered an area having jungles that was being ruled by a king of Naga lineage. Defeating the Naga king, prince Kambu married his daughter Mera and developed the land into a fertile and flourishing country.

 

Kambojas

Kambojas

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  2. Shenanae Robinson

    America was named after Amerigo Vesspuchi

  3. Shenanae Robinson

    This was very helpful though

  4. Thank you for haring knowledge

  5. St. Lucia IS the only country in the world named after a woman.

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