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Etymological map of Africa. Where do African country and city names come from?



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Κοντοστάθηκα στο "Land of God" για το Μαρόκο, αλλά είναι σωστό και ενδιαφέρον:

Name and etymology

The English Morocco is an anglicisation of the Spanish name for the country, Marruecos, derived from the name of the city of Marrakesh, which was the capital of the Almoravid dynasty, the Almohad Caliphate, and the Saadian dynasty. During the Almoravid dynasty, the city of Marrakesh was established under the name of Tāmurākušt, derived from the city's ancient Berber name of amūr n Yakuš (lit. 'land/country of God').[...]

Morocco's modern Arabic name is al-Maghrib (المغرب, transl. the land of the sunset; the west), with the Kingdom's official Arabic name being al-Mamlakah al-Maghribīyah (المملكة المغربية; transl. the kingdom of sunset/the west). In Turkish, Morocco is known as Fas, a name derived from its ancient capital of Fes which is likely derived from the Berber issafen (lit. 'rivers').