In Fon, the name "Dã" or "Dan" can also mean "snake" or the snake-god Damballa.
Upon the restoration of independence, the name was deemed no longer appropriate since the historic kingdom comprised only the southern regions and ethnicities of the modern state. Names similar to Bhutan—including Bottanthis, Bottan, Bottanter—began to appear in Europe around the 1580s.
The name is first attested in the 13th century as German Weissrussland and Latin Russia Alba, first in reference to Russia's White and then Black Sea coasts.
The exonym was next applied to Great Novgorod and then Muscovy after its conquest of that region, finally being applied to its present region in the late 16th century to describe ethnically Russian regions being conquered from Poland."Land of the Belgae", from the Roman province of Gallia Belgica ("Belgic Gaul") derived from the Latinized name of a Celtic tribe.
Countries in italics are endonyms or no longer exist as sovereign political entities.If you have any doubts, please contact our customer service. This list covers English language country names with their etymologies.A popular folk etymology relates Bahrain to the "two seas" mentioned five times in the Quran.
The passages, however, do not refer to the modern island but rather to the Saudi deserts opposite modern Bahrain.
The present Kingdom of Belgium adopted the name upon its independence from the Netherlands in 1830 based on the French-language name of Henri Van der Noot's brief-lived United States of Belgium () which had declared its independence from Austria in 1790.