are several theories about the origin of the name “Canary Islands”. Even if it
is not 100% verified, today as Canarian Transfer we
want to better explain you the most probable.
No, Canary Islands is not related to
If you ask to
a child outside Canary Islands which is the origin of the name, it’s quite sure
he will say something about a songbird. The first idea is there are more
birds than people per square meter among Canary Islands. Good attempt! It makes sense but...it’s not the correct answer.
Canary Islands could mean “land of
This is one among the most relevant theories. Different
studies tell about the king Juba II de Mauritania, who sent his men to
conquer Canary Islands. Maybe when they arrived they found thousands dogs.
They were so impressed that they named the islands "Insulare
Canaria" (islands of dogs), where the actual name Canary Islands is
What if the name
is not about dogs?
Recently studies talk about a possible translation mistake. There is the
possibility that when the conquerors sent by Juba II came to Canary Islands, they didn’t find dogs but monks, known also as sea dogs.
For this reason they named the islands
as Canary, really closed to the current name Canary Islands. If this theory is
confirmed it will automatically replace the previous one.
Probably there is
nothing related to animals
third theory cancels the other two related to animals. In order to explain the
origin of the name of Canary Islands, several experts claim that there was a
bereber tribu called Canarii.
members of this tribu, used to live mainly in Gran Canaria and they could be
the reason of the actual name.
So which is the
origin of the name?
Even though all the theories could be correct, there
aren’t enough proofs to confirm the real origin of the name of our Islands.
is your personal opinion? What do you think could be the most correct theory?