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Why does English change the name of countries?

Why does English change the name of countries?

Sometimes it’s simply due to places being referred to by different tribes or groups that once lived there. Germany, for example, is called “Deutschland” in German, which translates to “the land of [our] people.” Its English name comes from a tribe that resided there.

Why do we call Germany Germany and not Deutschland?

When the country came about, different languages chose names that were associated with one of the original tribes, and just happened to pick differently. So, “Germany” came from the Latin “Germania”, “Allemagne” from the Alemanni tribe, and “Deutschland” from the old High German word “diutisc” meaning “of the people”.

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Why do we have different words for countries?

Nations often have a different relationship with their neighbours as others have. That’s why they call them differently. Farther countries are called with a name inherited form other languages but they are modified suitable for the new language. Some names have been translated.

Why do we call it Spain and not Espana?

The native word for a country (endonym) follows the patterns of the native language. For example España has the letter ñ that is not pronounced the same as n in English. The word Spain on the other hand is undoubtedly an English word (rhymes with rain and plain), which makes it an exonym.

Do countries have different names in different countries?

Most countries of the world have different names in different languages. Some countries have also undergone name changes for political or other reasons.

What was Spain original name?

Hispania
Hispania was the name used for the Iberian Peninsula under Roman rule from the 2nd century BC. The populations of the peninsula were gradually culturally Romanized, and local leaders were admitted into the Roman aristocratic class.

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What do countries actually call themselves?

A country’s own name for itself is called an endonym, and at endonymmap.com you can find a map of the world’s endonyms.