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How Vietnam Got its Name

Categories: East Asia, Vietnam, History

Le Minh Khai traces the history [1] of how Vietnam got its name and explains the inaccuracies in some historical accounts about the origins of the name.

Ultimately, the name Việt Nam is related to the Nguyễn clan’s southward expansion of the Lê Dynasty realm. What it signifies is that the Nguyễn created and ruled over something bigger than An Nam. It is a recognition of imperial expansion.