The significance of giving a country a name cannot be overstated. Along with a flag and a national anthem, characters like America and France will better define a country's general culture. The names of real people or historical personalities can be seen in any of the world's most well-known countries. Algeria, Cape Verde, and Costa Rica are only a handful of the countries named after famous people.
Read more of these countries and the people who helped create them in the global gallery.
United States of America - Amerigo Vespucci
Many Americans don't know that the country's name comes from his ancestor, Amerigo Vespucci! He was an Italian explorer who discovered what is now known as New York, the Americas.
Colombia - Christopher Columbus
Colombia is a country in South America that is politically independent. The country is one of the most diversified nation, both culture and religion - with its name coined after Christopher Columbus. History recalls 1492 when the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus founded a Spanish colony in the Bahamas.
China - Emperor Qin
Anything else you need to know about China? Well, this multi-ethnic nation has a population of over a billion people! The country's name is derived from the title of China's first emperor, Qin Shihuang. Qin Shihuang, the First Emperor of China, was the first to unite the country.
Dominican Republic - Saint Dominic
The Dominican Republic is situated on the island of Hispaniola. The Tano people have lived there since the 7th century. The country is named after Saint Dominic, a Castilian priest and patron saint of astronomy.
Bolivia - Simón Bolívar
Spanish people inhabited South America, which was previously and that is now a landlocked country. The name of Bolivia was given in honour of Venezuelan military and political leader Simón Bolívar, who contributed to the cause of several South American freedom movements.
Philippines - Philip II
The archipelago nation is located in Southeast Asia. The Philippines are made up of around 7,600 island nations, referred to as Philip II of Spain. The emperor's domain included the Philippines and every other continent open to Europeans.
Israel - Jacob/Israel
The country of Israel is located on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea. In 1948, it broke away from the United Kingdom and established itself as an independent country. A country figure referred to as Jacob in Jewish tradition as Israel is a member of the church.