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OTHER SCRIPTS: Кыргызстан (Kyrgyz), Киргизия (Russian)
PRONOUNCED: kur-gi-STAHN (English)
OTHER FORMS: Kirgiziya
Meaning & History
Means "land of the Kyrgyz"; a combination of Kyrgyz—which itself is a mostly thought to be a combination of Old Turkish kırk "forty" and uz "tribes"—and the Persian suffix ستان (-stān) "land, place of", "country". Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet state and a nation in Central Asia.