Do Any Country Names Start With X or W?

By Sharon Omondi on July 4 2019 in World Facts

In the Catalan language, Chile is "Xile".
In the Catalan language, Chile is "Xile".

There are 195 countries in the world with varied names starting with 24 letters of the alphabet. Some alphabet letters have been used predominantly in naming countries such as B and S. However, some letters like Q have been used in naming only one country. The two letters of the alphabet that do not begin the name of a country are X and W.

Popular letters of the alphabet used for naming countries

S, M, C, B, and A are among the most popularly used alphabetic letters in naming countries. Each of these letters has over 10 countries named using the letters as the first letters. For instance, there are 18 countries whose names begin with the letter M. These countries include Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Malta, Mali, Moldova, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, and Monaco. There are 17 countries whose names begin with the letter B, 18 whose names start with C, and 25 whose names start with the letter S.

Uncommon Country Letters 

There are some letters that have not been predominantly used in naming countries such as D, F, H, J, O, Q, R, V, Y, and Z. The countries named starting with these letters are as outlined below with 3 letters having only one country named using them as the first letters: O, Q, and Y;

D: Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic

F: Fiji, Finland, France

H: Haiti, Honduras, Hungary

J: Jamaica, Japan, Jordan

O: Oman

Q: Qatar

R: Romania, Russia, Rwanda

V: Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vatican City, Vietnam

Y: Yemen

Z: Zambia, Zimbabwe

No Country Names Start With W or X 

The two alphabetic letters that have not been used at the beginning of a country’s name are W and X. However, some cities and regions in the world have their names starting with these letters. For instance, in the United States, one of the states is known as Wyoming. Although no country begins with letter X, the Catalan language presents names that begin with X such as Chile (called Xile in Catalan), China (called Xina in Catalan), and Cyprus (Xipre). This language is spoken in Italy, Spain, France, and Andorra. However, with the English alphabet, no country names start with X or W.

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