Place Name CONGO

TYPE: River & Country

Meaning & History

From Kongo, of uncertain origin, the name of a kingdom in central Africa that existed from the 14th to 19th century. The Congo River (also called the Zaire River) was named after the kingdom. Belgian and French colonies were established in the 19th century, named after the river, which eventually led to two African countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and the Republic of the Congo.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Kongo (Croatian), Kongo (Dutch), Kongo (Finnish), Kongo (German), Kongo (Kongo), Kongo (Polish), Kongo (Russian), Kongo (Serbian), Kongo (Swedish)
Entry updated December 8, 2017