Historical names questions This is a list of recently added questions about historical names. Play historical names quiz and see all the questions. Which country was formerly named East Pakistan?Bangladesh. Between 1947-1971, the current country of Bangladesh was a part of Pakistan, known as the East Pakistan. It was the largest, the most populated and the richest region of Pakistan, completely separated from the rest of the country. In 1971, after 9-month-long war for independence, the province was changed into the independent country of Bangladesh.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 54% MyanmarMyanmar653NepalNepal634BangladeshBangladesh2542AfghanistanAfghanistan809Southern Asia riddles » Which country was formerly named Upper Volta?Burkina Faso. "Upper Volta" was the name of the French colony in the upper section of river Volta. In 1958 the country gained independence, and in 1984 it changed its name to “Burkina Faso”. The new name was createf from words in two different local languages: “Burkina” means “honest” in Mossi language, “Faso” means “fatherland” in Dyula language.Created by: globalquiz.orgaverage 60% SurinameSuriname506Burkina FasoBurkina Faso2793LaosLaos553GhanaGhana730Western Africa riddles » Which country was formerly named Zaire?Congo. In 1971 the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko changed the name of Republic of Congo to Republic of Zaire. His goal was to replace all the post-colonial names (the capital Leopoldville was changed to Kishasa). However, changing the name of Congo to Zaire was curious, given that the name Congo, which referred both to the river Congo and to the ancient Kongo Empire, was fundamentally "authentic" to pre-colonial African roots, while Zaire is in fact a Portuguese corruption of another African word, Nzere ("river”). In 1997 the name was changed back to Republic of Congo.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 53% CongoCongo2524AngolaAngola450NamibiaNamibia685ZimbabweZimbabwe1096history riddles » Which country was formerly named Ceylon?Sri Lanka. The name “Ceylon” was given to the island by the Portuguese explorers in 1505. Later it was used by the British as a name of the colony. In 1948, the country gained independence, and changed its name to Sri Lanka (coming from local Sinhalese language) in 1972.Created by: globalquiz.orgeasy 74% IndonesiaIndonesia630Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea406Sri LankaSri Lanka3982BangladeshBangladesh361Sri Lanka riddles » Which country was formerly named Dutch Guiana?Suriname is a former Dutch Colony known as Dutch Guiana. The country changed its name in 1975, after gaining independence. The name “Suriname” comes from the main river of the country, and was used for the colony long before the official adoption.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 56% GhanaGhana707SurinameSuriname2733IndonesiaIndonesia638HondurasHonduras788South America riddles » Which country was formerly named Formosa?Taiwan. Formosa is a name given to the island by the Portuguese explorers (“Ilha Formosa” - “beautiful island”). The name was used until 1945.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 46% TaiwanTaiwan1606GreeceGreece227TunisiaTunisia1226BrasilBrasil427Taiwan riddles » Which country was formerly named Ottoman Empire?Turkey. The name “Ottoman” comes from the Osman dynasty, which ruled Turkey from 13th century until 1922.Created by: globalquiz.orgvery easy 90% EgyptEgypt142IranIran408TurkeyTurkey5702IndiaIndia67Ottoman Empire riddles » Which country was formerly named Siam?Thailand. The country has always been called Mueang Thai by its citizens. Portuguese explorers named it Siam, possibly from the Chinese name “Xiam”. The name “Siam” was used officially by Thai government until 1939, when it was changed to Thailand. In 1945 the name reverted to Siam, and in 1949 reverted once again to Thailand.Created by: globalquiz.orghard 58% SyriaSyria614ThailandThailand2842VietnamVietnam651Sri LankaSri Lanka765Thailand riddles » Which country was formerly named Rhodesia?Zimbabwe. Initially, the territory was referred to as "South Zambezia", a reference to the River Zambezi, until the name "Rhodesia" came into use in 1895 (after Cecil Rhodes, whose British South Africa Company acquired the land in the late 19th century). In 1980, the country name was changed to Zimbabwe.Created by: globalquiz.orgaverage 60% SudanSudan645NigeriaNigeria755ArgentinaArgentina563ZimbabweZimbabwe2985Eastern Africa riddles » Which country was formerly known as Abyssinia?Ethiopia. Abyssinia is the name used for the Ethiopian Empire, which existed from the 12th century until 1974. Created by: globalquiz.orgaverage 65% AfghanistanAfghanistan868AlgeriaAlgeria1350EthiopiaEthiopia5216UkraineUkraine567Ethiopia riddles » Play geography quiz and see all the questions.