Hows your country named from..

Philippines
August 2, 2009 10:32pm CST
Im from the Philippines and i know exactly why we called our country as Philippines and i learned it since i was in grade school... a long time ago, Philippines was only an archipelago without any name... When Spaniards colonize our country.. King Philip II was then the king.. The Spaniards once live in the province and its so happened that there are too many Pineapples in the area.. so they put up a name Philip + pines to make it Philippines... thats why if you can also check.. we have too many pineapples here in our country specially in the province.. and that some people in the province are quite pretty bcoz some of them are mix, Just like me lol.... funny..... But im Filipino duh....
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@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug 09
I really wish to visit the Philippines in the future. I hope to go island hopping and snorkeling there. It is excellent to have a history lesson about how it got its name. I remember my Spanish tutor was talking about where Spanish is spoken and she mentioned the Philippines. I live in the United Kingdom which is made up of England where I live, Wales where I studied, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is called united because we are different parts of the same country.
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• Philippines
3 Aug 09
I remember that Philippines was named after King Philip, but I wasn't sure if he was english or spanish..just visit the lovely ones.
3 Aug 09
He was Spanish. If he's been Engish, all the Phillipinos'd be speaking English and not Spanish
@dolphin2406 (1227)
• Poland
3 Aug 09
Hi, thanks for the history lesson it's good to learn something new here. I love pineapples but here we don't have them so you have to buy the imported ones that are a bit expensive. I have studied history recently as part of my diploma course and to tell you the truth I don't know how our little island was named Malta. I don't think it is known although i'm sure it came from somewhere. I will do some research on that. Malta is also an archipelago but with only 3 main islands, Malta being the biggest one and then there are some other 2 very small ones but people don't go there as they are only a piece of rock in the sea. Have a nice day! I soon need to prepare for work
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• India
3 Aug 09
Pineapple is a lovely juicy fruit…everybody in our family enjoys it though its seasonal in India…its in the markets right now and the entire fruit section of the market is flooded with the heavenly aroma of ripe pineapples LOL Well, my country India gets its name from the river Indus which flows thru the north-western part of the country. When the Greeks came in to India (which was not called India then) from the NW, they named the land thru which the river Indus flows as India and the people who were already living there as (H)indoos.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
I never read that in Philippine History when I was still studying that the Spaniards get the idea in naming our country after pineapples. I think I'm missed that what I knew about is the Philippines is a gift to King Philip II so they named it after him. King Philip II told before the he should abandon the Philippines because they don't get any earnings from it and maintaining this colony to Asia is expensive. King Philip II refuse because he can't abandon the Philippines because he began to love it.
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
3 Aug 09
hi homeshoppers, i do not know how my country name named,but i know very well that Mr Bharat a great Chakravarthi rules our country so my country as became as Bharat in his name,just like mera Bharat Mahan,have a nice day
• Canada
3 Aug 09
oh good reasearch... I Kinda knew parts of it but I didnt hear about the pineapple part. Thanks for the history lesson. Its always good to know about where you come from.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
3 Aug 09
England is named after the Angles, a group of Germanic tribes who migrated from Continental Europe into Britain round about the 4th and 5th centuries CE. Scotland is named after the Scotii, an Irish tribe that migrated about the 6th or 7th centuries CE into what was then known as Caledonia and later was called Scotland after the tribe. The name Caledonia is preserved in the mountains of Northern Scotland which are called the Caledonian Mountains. The name of Wales comes from the language of the people who lived in Britain before the Romans arrived in 54 CE. Britain is the name of the whole of the islands that make up the British Isles. The name is pre - Roman as are most of the names of the rivers and some of the cities. London for example come from Lud - a pre - Roman British god. The name of the river Thames is also pre - Roman in origin - more than 2000 years old.
@jpso138 (7868)
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
That is very informative indeed. I am also from the Philippines. I thought our country was named Philippines simply because of King Philip. I never knew that the pines was added due to the presence of pineapple in the country. It is great to know things like this since I am always interested on history.
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
Yes, name origin is by the name of King Philip II. The othern name it The Spice Islan. But What ever they call it. What ever they call be proud of it bcoz were Filipino and were beautiful....
• Philippines
3 Aug 09
Haha i never got tired of expressing myself. oh, ok. maybe I wasn't reading your discussion when i commented on one of the responders. oh well. I am Filipino as well, but i believed to have 80% Spanish Blood in me because of my Father's Side. you mean mix with Japanese,Spanish,English,American, and Korean, probably more i think. .
• China
3 Aug 09
Thank you for your info so much.It is the value infomation. I am form China,as China is produce here.^0^ The similar reason as you.
• China
3 Aug 09
i know china is central country of world