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Apparently one of the ideas on the origin of the name "Canada" is… 
6th-Nov-2005 09:03 pm
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Apparently one of the ideas on the origin of the name "Canada" is that it is in fact Spanish:
"The Spanish came to Canada about the time it was discovered by Cabot (1497), and finding there nothing but a desert and ice-bound mountains, instead of the gold fields for which they sought, they withdrew crying out meanwhile: Acá nada! Here nothing!..."
A. Marshall Elliot, "Origin of the Name Canada," in Modern Language Notes 3: 6 (1888), 328.

I don't think it's the origins, I believe it came from the name Donnacona or one of his fellow Iroquois told Cartier on his first voyage. Anyone else know any of the other theories?
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7th-Nov-2005 02:50 am (UTC) - Kanata
It comes from Huron-Iroquoian *kanata "village, place".
7th-Nov-2005 02:52 am (UTC) - Re: Kanata
That's what I remember reading.

It's interesting to note that this was written in 1888, it's before much of the work on North America's indigenous languages was done.
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