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North American Countries by Etymology

When given the country's name origin, guess the country.
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Last updated: January 27, 2023
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Name Meaning
Country
"The Bearded Ones"
Barbados
"Depths" referring to deep waters off the coast
Honduras
Huron-Iroquois word for "village" or "settlement"
Canada
Likely comes from the Taino language and could mean "where fertile land is abundant" or "great place"
Cuba
"Land of wood and water" in English, "Xaymaca" in its native tongue Arawak
Jamaica
The first name derives from the Holy Trinity, and the second name possibly comes from the indigenous word "tabaco"
Trinidad and Tobago
"Place of many trees"
Guatemala
"The Savior"
El Salvador
Named after St. ____ of Zaragoza, and "pomegranates"
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A combination of the native tribe that inhabited this country's big lake, and the Spanish word for "water"
Nicaragua
"Ancient" and "Bearded"
Antigua and Barbuda
Named after Amerigo Vespucci
United States of America
Name Meaning
Country
"Rich coast"
Costa Rica
Derived from how Aztecs called themselves
Mexico
Named for a city in Andalusia
Grenada
Possible origins include "muddy-watered" or the Spanish pronunciation of "Wallace"
Belize
Named after Saint Dominic
Dominican Republic
"Land of mountains"
Haiti
"Christopher's Island" and "Our Lady of the Snows"
St. Kitts and Nevis
From Guarani meaning: "Place of many fish," possibly
Panama
"The Lord's Day"
Dominica
The only country in the world named after a human female
St. Lucia
"Large upper middle island" or "shallow sea"
Bahamas
5 Comments
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Level 84
Jan 27, 2023
Great idea, but maybe decrease the time. If you know all the North American countries, there's enough time to succeed by guessing.
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2023
Okay, I decreased the time.
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Level 68
Jan 27, 2023
Mexico is called after the Mexica people. The way Aztecs used to refer to themselves
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Level 69
Jan 27, 2023
Fixed!
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Level 50
Jun 1, 2023
Panama, according to a widely accepted legend, does mean "place of many fish." But it is not Guarani, which is spoken in Paraguay. The language was lost after the Spanish conquest, so no one is completely sure exactly what the original meaning of the word Panama was