How was Canada named Canada?

Canada (kanata) is a Native word meaning village. It is thought that early explorers misinterpreted and thought the Natives were referring to the Countryside (land) and not the village.

Canada was first a French Colony and later two British Colonies, Upper and Lower Canada. This later changed to the Province of Canada, and, in 1867, the Dominion of Canada.

Another possible origin is that it is from the Finnish word kansakunta, which means nation, and nada, the Spanish word for nothing. So it means "Nation of Nothing".