View topic - Origin of "Japan"
So, I read that Nihon 日本 means "origin of the sun", and that the Chinese gave it that name (I hope that information is right). So far, so good. But what about "Japan"? Where does that name come from, who gave it to it and what does it means, if it has a meaning?
Thanks a lot in advance for your replies!
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The English word for Japan came to the West from early trade routes. The early Mandarin Chinese or possibly Wu Chinese word for Japan was recorded by Marco Polo as Cipangu. The modern Shanghainese (a Wu Chinese dialect 呉語) pronunciation of characters 日本 (Japan) is still Zeppen [z@?p@n]. The Malay word for Japan, Jepang (modern spelling Jepun), was borrowed from a Chinese language, and this Malay word was encountered by Portuguese traders in Malacca in the 16th century. It is thought the Portuguese traders were the first to bring the word to Europe. It was first recorded in English in 1577 spelled Giapan.
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