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The meaning of Kenya name

Jason Kottke in his blog kottke.org has come up with a map of the world with the name of countries and their literal meanings.

He used a number of sources such as Oxford Dictionaries and Online Etymology Dictionary to get the meaning for Kenya.

Kenya is a shortened version of the Kikuyu name, Kirinyaga, a corruption of the Swahili kere nyaga, “Mountain of Whiteness.

You can find what the names of other countries mean on this spreadsheet . 

Meaning of names of selected African countries:

Somalia – land of Soma

Eritrea– land of the red sea

Sudan – country of blacks

Uganda– Land of the Ganda people

Zimbabwe – Stone enclosure

Benin –  Land of argument

Nigeria – land of Niger river

Ghana – The King’s land

Chad – land of the large lake

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