Top 10 country names facts Selected as the most interesting among country names related questions in Country names quiz What did first Spanish conquerors expect to find in Argentina?Silver. The country name is derived from the Latin argentum (silver - Ag). La Plata Basin (literally "Silver river") does not have any sources of silver, but the first Spaniards arrived to the area following rumors of the existence of silver mountains.Created by: Kasiageographical names facts » Who discovered New Zealand?Dutchmen. New Zealand was discovered by Dutch capitan Abel Tasman. It is named after the Dutch province of Zealand (near the Belgian border today).Created by: globalquiz.orggeographic discoveries facts » Which country derives its name from the word "East"?Austria. The native name of Austria, Österreich, means 'Eastern Realm'. Austria was a prefecture of Bavaria created in 976. At the time, the Danube basin of present-day Austria was the easternmost extent of Bavaria, and in fact of all the Germans. Created by: globalquiz.orgAustria facts » Apart from the United States of America, which other country in the world is officially named "United States"?Mexico. The official name of Mexico is United States of Mexico. Several other such countries existed in the past, including United States of Brazil (1937-1967), United States of Colombia (1863-1886) and United States of Indonesia (1949-1950).Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of Mexico facts » Which country used to be called Ceylon?Sri Lanka. Arabs referred to it as Serendib, which is the origin of the word "serendipity", from the Persian fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of".Created by: globalquiz.orgSri Lanka facts » Which country derives its name from the word "South"?Australia. "Australis" means "South" in Latin. Following European discovery, names for the Australian landmass were often references to the legendary Terra Australis Incognita - an "unknown land of the South" which appeared on many maps since Roman times.Created by: globalquiz.orgLatin facts » Which country is named "Suomi" in its native language?Finland. The official name of Finland is "Suomen tasavalta".Created by: globalquiz.orglanguages facts » How is Japan often called?Land of the rising Sun. Nippon, the native name of Japan, means "sun-origin". The nomenclature "Land of the Rising Sun" comes from Japanese missions to Imperial China and refers to Japan's eastward position relative to China.Created by: globalquiz.orggeography of Japan facts » Which country is named "Nippon" or "Nihon" in its language?Japan. The English word Japan derives from the Chinese pronunciation of the Japanese name. Created by: Kinga HJapan facts » Which country is named "Magyarország" in its own language?Hungary. Hungarians are also known as Magyars, as they call themselves Magyarok in their native language. Hungarian is a Uralic language unrelated to any neighboring language and distantly related to Finnish and Estonian. Created by: globalquiz.orgHungary facts » Play country names quiz and see all the questions.