What’s in a Name?



via Naming a nation: Southern Sudan – NATION BRANDING.

Country naming is as old as countries. Historically most countries have ‘accidentally’ obtained their name from the peoples or tribes living on them, from empires and kings ruling over them, from physical and geographical features found on them, or from a specific word in the indigenous language of the country’s natives.

Assuming the southern portion of Sudan votes for independence in the referendum next month, what will the country be called?   Nation Branding has an informative post up about naming nations – where does the name come from?

Any suggestions for naming the newest state-to-be?


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