What is the origin of the Philippines name?
The Philippines is a country of many names.
Early Chinese traders who visited Mindoro called it Ma-yi or Ma-i which means land of gold, Liu-Sing, San Hsii or San Tao and Haitan.
In a map of Claudius Ptolemy, a famous ancient geographer of Alexandria it was named Maniolas.
Europeans who visited our country gave names Islas del Poniente and Islas del Oriente.
When Magellan came in 1521 , he named the Philippines Archipelago of St. Lazarus but the name did not come popular.
The most romantic name of the country remains that of Pearl of the Orient Seas, given by a Spanish Jesuit missionary-historian, Fr. Juan J. Delgado in 1751 and popularized by Philippines' National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The name Felipinas was given by Ruy Lopez de Villalobos, a Spanish explorer in 1543 to honor Prince Philip OS Asturias , who later became Philip II, King of Spain.
Felipinas later became the Filipinas during the Spanish colonial era.
Then it became Philippine Islands during the American colonial era then the Republic of Philippines after its independence.
There are three scientific explanations of the origin of the Philippines. But the most recognized theory explains that the Philippines was originally part of the Asian continent connected by land bridges covered with ice. When these land bridges melted, the Philippines got disconnected from mainland Asia and was moved further away.
Unfortunately the origin of this name is very confusing. The name appears to be spread across the Philippines, where it is most popular. And it also seems to be traceable in both Germany and France too. The Filipino meaning of the name is unclear, despite the name being very popular in the Philippines. In Germany, the name is claimed to mean "enemy of wrestlers". In France the name means "unlucky" in Old French, deriving from…