Place Name NIGERIA

TYPE: Country
PRONOUNCED: nie-JIR-ee-ə (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the name of the NIGER River, applied in the 19th century to the British colonial territory in western Africa. It continued to be used after the territory became an independent country in 1960.
VARIANTS: Niger (English), Niger (French), Niger (Italian), Níger (Spanish), Niger (German)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Niger (Croatian), Niger (Dutch), Niger (Late Roman), Níger, Nigéria (Portuguese), Niger (Serbian), Niger (Swedish)
Entry updated July 2, 2017