User comments for Africa (2) (Meaning / History Only)

Ive also seen it spelled Affrica meaning 'pleasant, or pleasing personality'.
classy  9/15/2006
How could Africa be an anglicisation of Aifric? I wonder what genius etymologist thought up that. The name Africa was obviously given in reference to the continent. I must stress that Africa is not an Irish name, though Aifric is.
― Anonymous User  7/15/2009
I wish people didn't imagine that etymologists "dream up" name origins out of their heads.

The name Africa was used in Ireland from at least the 11th century as a form of Aifric - there is no conceivable connection with the name of the continent.
Betty Blue  7/22/2009

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