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Do you know China is a country named after one particular individual? And so is America and several other countries as well we are going to find out in this post.

China-Emperor Qin

China is named after the first Emperor. China gets its name from Emperor Qin, pronounced “Chin.”

United States of America-Amerigo Vespucci

America is named after this Italian explorer; Vespucci Amerigo.

Colombia-Christopher Columbus

The Italian explorer; Christopher Columbus also has the country Colombia named after him. He is credited for discovering several parts of the world.

Bolivia-Simón Bolívar

Bolivia is named after Simón Bolívar, a Venezuelan military and political leader who campaigned for the independence of many South American countries.

Philippines-Philip II

The Philippines; a country made up of more than 7,600 islands is made named after a Spanish king, Philip II.


Israel has it named derived from the Biblical figure; Jacob who later has his name changed to Israel after wrestling with an angel in the Bible.


Russia is named after Rus (right), one of three mythological brothers who traveled and settled around the world.

Uzbekistan-Öz Beg Khan

The country gets its name from Öz Beg Khan, the longest-reigning leader of the country.


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