Was the new world named after Columbus?

No, it was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian serving the country of Portugal during the age of exploration. He sailed up and down the coast and claimed that it was not Asia as it had been thought, but rather a new world. A German cartographer later partially mapped and named the "new world" after Vespucci. Till this day, the area he explored is known as the Americas, and includes South, Central, and North America. Yes, it was named after Columbus was named...and it was named (as the first answer states) in honor of Mr. Vespucci. By the same token, I'll bet you were also named after Columbus.