Do you know where country names come from? Most countries in the world are named after one of four things: an important person with some influence over the country or its history, a directional description of the country, a feature of the country’s land, or a tribe or ethnic group.
For example, Kazahkstan is derived from "Khazakh," which comes from the ancient Turkic word “qaz” and means “to wander,” describing the nomadic life of the early Kazakhs people.
Another example is El Salvador’s name. El Salvador is the only country in the Americas with ten letters and is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. “El Salvador” means the “The Savior” in Spanish, named by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado.
Luxembourg received its name from Lucilinburhuc Castle, which translated to “Little Fortress.” The name was first mentioned in 963 CE, when Count Siegfried of Ardennes purchased the castle. “Luxembourg” is the anglicized version of “Lucilinburhuc.”
Some of these countries have official names, such as the Republic of Madagascar, making their names 20 letters instead of 10. Another example is Luxembourg, which is officially known as the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, making its name 22 letters.
|Azerbaijan||Republic of Azerbaijan|
|Bangladesh||People's Republic of Bangladesh|
|El Salvador||Republic of El Salvador|
|Ivory Coast||Republic of Côte d'Ivoire|
|Kazakhstan||Republic of Kazakhstan|
|Luxembourg||Grand Duchy of Luxembourg|
|Madagascar||Republic of Madagascar|
|Mauritania||Islamic Republic of Mauritania|
|Micronesia||Federated States of Micronesia|
|Mozambique||Republic of Mozambique|
|New Zealand||New Zealand|
|North Korea||Democratic People's Republic of Korea|
|Puerto Rico||Commonwealth of Puerto Rico|
|Saint Lucia||Saint Lucia|
|Seychelles||Republic of Seychelles|
|South Korea||Republic of Korea|
|South Sudan||Republic of South Sudan|
|Tajikistan||Republic of Tajikistan|
|Timor Leste||Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste|
|Uzbekistan||Republic of Uzbekistan|
There are 25 countries (including territories) with 10 letters in their name.
The countries with 10 letters are: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritania, Micronesia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Mozambique, New Zealand, North Korea, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, South Korea, South Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Uzbekistan.