How was Kenya named?

Kenya's Name

Kenya - a wonderful sounding word is named after a mountain of the same name. It was given by the Kikuyu people who lived around present day Mt. Kenya, which they referred to as Kirinyaga or Kerenyaga, meaning 'mountain of whiteness' because of its snow capped peak (yes, Africa does have snow capped peaks). Mt Kirinyaga, which was the main landmark became synonymous with the territory the British later claimed as their colony. However, the name Kenya arose out of the inability of the British and others to pronounce Kirinyaga correctly.

When one hears the name "Kenya," there are images of the savannas, animals, safari trips, the Rift Valley, the Indian Ocean coastline and Lake Victoria but Kenya is over (2003 estimate) 30 million people of various ethnic groups (47) and backgrounds and without having met the people of Kenya, one has not seen the real, living Kenya.

This place was not named after Jomo Kenyatta, which was the first ever president of Kenya.