Old Country Names

Old Country Names


In this general knowledge series article "Old Country Names", I'll tell you the names of the countries they formerly have, most of the old name were those that the countries had before their independence, placed by their colonial owners.
 
  • Ancient name of Afghanistan is Pashtunistan 
  • Algeria ancient name was Numidia
  • Old name of Australia is New Holland
  • Old name of Bahrain is Mishmahig (islands), Tylos
  • Belize was formerly known as British Honduras
  • Old name of Benin is Dahomey
  • Old name of Botswana is Bechunaland
  • Old name of Burkina Faso is Upper Volta
  • Old name of Myanmar is Burma
  • At colonial time Burundi was known as German East Africa
  • Old name of Cambodia is Kampuchea
  • Old name of Colombia is Grand Colombia
  • Old name of Cyprus is Alashiya
  • Czech Republic and Slovac Republic when united were known as Czechoslovakia
  • Old name of Democratic Republic of the Congo is Zaire
  • Central African Republic & Chad in colonial perod were known as French Equatorial Africa
  • Old name of Ethiopia is Abyssinia
  • Ancient France name is Gaul
  • Old name of Georgia is Abkhazia (Region name is still in use)

Old Country Names

Old Country Names

  • Old name of Ghana is Gold Coast
  • Iceland ancient name is Thule
  • Old name of Guyana is British Guiana
  • Old name of Indonesia is Dutch East Indies
  • Old name of Iran is Persia
  • Old name of Iraq is Mesopotamia
  • Japan's ancient name is Nippon
  • Old name of Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)  is Kirgizia
  • Lesotho was formerly knoen as Basutoland
  • Old name of Liberia is Grain Coast
  • Old name of Madagascar is Malagasy Republic
  • Old name of Malawi is Nyasaland
  • Old name of Malaysia is Malaya
  • Old name of Mali (at colonial perod) is French Sudan
  • Old name of Namibia is South-West Africa
  • Old name of North Korea is Choson
  • Old name of Oman is Muscat and Oman
  • Old name of Russian Federation before 1992 is Soviet Union
  • Old name of Rwanda is German East Africa
  • Before the formation Saudi Arabia it was called Kingdom of the Hijaz and of the Nejd
  • Old name of South Africa is Cape Colony
  • Ancient  name of Korea, Republic of (South Korea) is Choson
  • Old name of Sri Lanka is Ceylon
  • Ancient name of Sudan is Nubia
  • Old name of Suriname when it was colony of Netherland is Dutch Guyana
  • Old name of Tanzania is Tanganyika
  • Thailand was formerly known as Siam
  • Before 1922 Turkey was known as Ottoman Empire
  • Old name of Taiwan is Formosa
  • Old name of Vanuatu is The New Hebrides
  • Old name of Tuvalu is Ellice Islands
  • Different old names of Vietnam are Cochin-China (south), Annam (central), Tonkin (north)
  • Old name of Yemen is Socotra (island)
  • Old name of Zambia is Northern Rhodesia
  • Old name of Zimbabwe is Rhodesia, Southern
  • Djibouti was earlier known as French Somaliland 
 

 

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