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How did Syria get its name?

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October 21, 2010 6:47AM

The name Syria may come from the name of the language witch has been spoken around the area, the Syriac language, one of the three principal languages of bible (Syriac is also known as Northern Aramaic). It is also possible that it comes from the name of the Phoenician city state of Sour (Tyre in English), Souriya meaning the land of Sour. Phoenicia is the ancient name of the land that corresponds roughly to today's Lebanon, as well as part of the Syrian and Israeli seacoasts.

That answer above is correct but the Modern day Syria's name is actually from the alliance that created Greater Syria. The Christians wanted to name the new nation something that reminded them of there ancient Empire "Assyria" so the Muslims Agreed and they named it SYRIA :)