Breaking News: America named after Drifterwood's great-great-great Grandfather!

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  1. ManlyBanisters

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    Actually this isn't breaking news at all - but I saw it on an episode of QI last night and thought it was kinda interesting.

    I was taught in school that the name 'America' derived from the name of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci but apparently this is not necessarily the case at all.

    It appears that Welshman Richard Ameryke (Richard ap Meryke), a financial backer of the Italian navigator John Cabot (Giovanni Caboto), is a more likely candidate for the origins of the name.

    http://www.celticatlanta.com/realms/wales/americanamedforwelshman.htm

    http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/MYRICK/2001-10/1003330987
     
  2. petergroot

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    Well that is definitively something I never knew. Just allways accepted the standard history texts.
    Thanks, Manly.
     
  3. Drifterwood

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    Ap Merydd. Son of the sluggard. But the boy done well. Are there any back rents payable?

    You could go for Vespucciland or Colonland :wink:, if you don't like the Welsh Connection.
     
  4. vince

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    Cool. What I want to know is- was grandpa hot like Drifter?? :tongue:
     
  5. kalipygian

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    Didn't St. Brendan name it after his little round curragh?
     
  6. Northland

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    No, no, no! You are all wrong.


    Amiri of Iraq is actually the person for whom America was named.

    It seems that Amiri of Iraq was mispronounced by some drunken peacepipers back in the very olden days and they began to pronounce his name as Amiriraq. One blustery winter night, with lips half frozen, it became mispronounced as Ameriq. Now, seeing as how the soon to be plunderers of the new land did not like the letter Q, they took the sound of a hard C and made it Americ. Then, realizing that all land should be named after a woman, they feminized it with the letter A at the end, thus making it America. So, you see, it was MY great great great great grandfather's grandfather for whom America was named.



    (I don't know why AmeriQ history books don't tell this tale)
     
  7. Gl3nn

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    QI is great. You learn so many interesting things and it's funny
     
  8. lucky8

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    Lol who would name their child Robert R Roberts?
     
  9. D_alex8

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    When I was growing up in Egypt, one of my teachers at school gave a lengthy talk on how the works of Shakespeare were in fact translations of Arabic plays by one Sheikh Zabir, whose name had merely been corrupted into 'Shakespeare'. :rolleyes:

    To a bunch of pre-teens, it was moderately convincing, especially as the same teacher's other recent tale (about the disease Bilharzia having been named after a European doctor called William Hart - not the silent cowboy star - had turned out to contain at least a germ[an] of truth, albeit in a heavily distorted, ass-about-tit kinda way). :cool:
     
  10. Mr. Snakey

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    Very interesting. Further information can be found by simply doing a google search on Bobberbasting.
     
  11. Drifterwood

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    He was a real historic figure and he did sponsor the orginal journeys. His coat of arms can be found in a Bristol church. A golden star on blue and red stripes. I kid you not.

    However, as we all know, America is really named after the Queen of Alpha Sentori VI.
     
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