Not necessarily. The Amerigo Vespucci explanation has always been based on the similarity of the names rather than anything else. One other explanation concerns the Welsh-born London merchant Richard Ap Merike, who paid for many of the early expeditions to North America and whose coat of arms was a set of stars and stripes.
Could be coincidence, of course.
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Bravo45 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2165 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2524 times:
"Pakistan" is both a Persian and an Urdu word. It is composed of letters taken from the names of all our homelands - "Indian" and "Asian". That is, Punjab, Afghania (North West Frontier Province), Kashmir, Iran, Sindh (including Karachi and Kathiawar), Tukharistan, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan. It means the land of the Paks-the spiritually pure and clean. It symbolizes the religions, beliefs and the ethnical stocks of our people; and it stands for all the territorial constituents of our original Fatherland. It has no other origin and no other meaning; and does not admit of any other interpretation. Those writers who have tried to interpret it in more than one way have done so either through love of casuistry, or through ignorance of its inspiration, origin and composition.
ReidYYZ From Kyrgyzstan, joined Sep 2005, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2510 times:
Toronto, like Canada and most other place names in the country mean "meeting place", "place of gathering" or "a place to gather or meet" in one aboriginal language, or another. Today, they are called "Tim Hortons" in the local language. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Airwave From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1117 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2479 times:
Quoting ReidYYZ (Reply 15): Toronto, like Canada and most other place names in the country mean "meeting place", in one aboriginal language or another. Today, they are called "Tim Hortons" in the local language.
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Marambio From Argentina, joined Oct 2004, 1172 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2444 times:
Argentina: From the Latin argentum, meaning "silver". Early Spanish and Portuguese traders used the region's Río de la Plata or "Silver River" to transport silver and other treasures from upstream Peru. The land around the terminal downstream stations became known as Argentina - "Land of Silver."
Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo