Toponymy is the study of place names (toponyms), their origins, and their meanings, and it can be quite an interesting subject.
There are 195 countries in the world today and they have all sorts of names. But where do these names come from?
The answer to that question is both easy and interesting. What if I told you that there is a country in the world whose name means “unknown southern land”, and another which means “frizzy-haired men”?
Toponymy tells us that basically every country under the sun is named after one of four things: either a feature of the land, or a directional description of the country, or a tribe name, or an important person.
Let’s have a closer look: