History of Vietnam
(Names
of Vietnam
)
2879–2524 BC Xích Quỷ
2524–258 BC Văn Lang
257–179 BC Âu Lạc
204–111 BC Nam Việt
111 BC – 40 AD Giao Chỉ
40–43 Lĩnh Nam
43–299 Giao Chỉ
299–544 Giao Châu
544–602 Vạn Xuân
602–679 Giao Châu
679–757 An Nam
757–766 Trấn Nam
766–866 An Nam
866–967 Tĩnh Hải quân
968–1054 Đại Cồ Việt
1054–1400 Đại Việt
1400–1407 Đại Ngu
1407–1427 Giao Chỉ
1428–1804 Đại Việt
1804–1839 Việt Nam
1839–1945 Đại Nam
1887–1954 Đông Dương (Bắc Kỳ,
Trung Kỳ, Nam Kỳ)
from 1945 Việt Nam
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History of Vietnam

Throughout the history of Vietnam, many names were used in reference to Vietnam.

History

The word "Vietnam" was supposedly coined by 16th century poet Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm.
The word "Vietnam" was supposedly coined by 16th century poet Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm.

Throughout the history of Vietnam, official and unofficial names have been used in reference to the territory of Vietnam. Vietnam was called Văn Lang during the Hùng Vương Dynasty, Âu Lạc under King An Dương king, Nam Việt during the Triệu Dynasty, Van Xuan during the Anterior Lý Dynasty, Đại Cồ Việt during the Đinh dynasty and Early Lê dynasty. Starting in 1054, Vietnam was called Đại Việt (Great Viet).[1] During the Hồ dynasty, Vietnam was called Đại Ngu.[2]

Việt Nam (About this soundlisten in Vietnamese) is a variation of Nam Việt (Southern Việt), a name that can be traced back to the Triệu dynasty (2nd century BC, also known as Nanyue Kingdom).[3] The word "Việt" originated as a shortened form of Bách Việt, a word used to refer to a people who lived in what is now southern China in ancient times. The word "Việt Nam", with the syllables in the modern order, first appears in the 16th century in a poem attributed Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm. "Annam", which originated as a Chinese name in the seventh century, was the common name of the country during the colonial period. Nationalist writer Phan Bội Châu revived the name "Vietnam" in the early 20th century. When rival communist and anti-communist governments were set up in 1945, both immediately adopted this as the country's official name. In English, the two syllables are usually combined into one word, "Vietnam". However, "Viet Nam" was once common usage and is still used by the United Nations and by the Vietnamese government.

Origin of Vietnam

10th century brick with Chinese-characters inscription: "Brick to built the great Viet state"
10th century brick with Chinese-characters inscription: "Brick to built the great Viet state"
Scholar consensus believes that the exonym of Yue, Yueh, and Viet peoples are related to their notorious axes. A bronze ax from Dong Son burial site, Thanh Hoa, North-central Vietnam, dated 500 BC.
Scholar consensus believes that the exonym of Yue, Yueh, and Viet peoples are related to their notorious axes. A bronze ax from Dong Son burial site, Thanh Hoa, North-central Vietnam, dated 500 BC.
Courtesy seal of Nguyễn lord, gift of emperor Lê Hy Tông, dated 1709, inscribed with Chinese characters meaning Đại Việt quốc Nguyễn chúa vĩnh trấn chi bảo
Courtesy seal of Nguyễn lord, gift of emperor Lê Hy Tông, dated 1709, inscribed with Chinese characters meaning Đại Việt quốc Nguyễn chúa vĩnh trấn chi bảo

The term "Việt" (Yue) (Chinese: ; pinyin: Yuè; Cantonese Yale: Yuht; Wade–Giles: Yüeh4; Vietnamese: Việt) in Early Middle Chinese was first written using the logograph "戉" for an axe (a homophone), in oracle bone and bronze inscriptions of the late Shang dynasty (c. 1200 BC), and later as "越".[4] At that time it referred to a people or chieftain to the northwest of the Shang.[5] In the early 8th century BC, a tribe on the middle Yangtze were called the Yangyue, a term later used for peoples further south.[5] Between the 7th and 4th centuries BC Yue/Việt referred to the State of Yue in the lower Yangtze basin and its people.[4][5]

From the 3rd century BC the term was used for the non-Chinese populations of south and southwest China and northern Vietnam, with particular states or groups called Minyue, Ouyue (Vietnamese: Âu Việt), Luoyue (Vietnamese: Lạc Việt), etc., collectively called the Baiyue (Bách Việt, Chinese: 百越; pinyin: Bǎiyuè; Cantonese Yale: Baak Yuet; Vietnamese: Bách Việt; "Hundred Yue/Viet"; ).[4][5] The term Baiyue/Bách Việt first appeared in the book Lüshi Chunqiu compiled around 239 BC.[6]

In 207 BC, former Qin dynasty general Zhao Tuo/Triệu Đà founded the kingdom of Nanyue/Nam Việt (Chinese: 南越; "Southern Yue/Việt") with its capital at Panyu (modern Guangzhou). This kingdom was "southern" in the sense that it was located south of other Baiyue kingdoms such as Minyue and Ouyue, located in modern Fujian and Zhejiang. Several later Vietnamese dynasties followed this nomenclature even after these more northern peoples were absorbed into China.

In 968, the Vietnamese leader Đinh Bộ Lĩnh established the independent kingdom of Đại Cồ Việt (大瞿越) (possibly meaning "Great Gautama's Viet", as Gautama's Hanzi transcription 曇 is pronounced Cồ Đàm in Sino-Vietnamese);[7][8] however, 瞿's homophone cồ, 𡚝 in nom script, means "great") over the former Jinghai state.[9] In 1054, king Ly Thanh Tong shortened the kingdom name to Đại Việt ("Great Viet").[10] However the names Giao Chỉ and An Nam still were the widely known names that foreigners used to refer the state of Đại Việt during medieval and early modern periods,. For examples, Caugigu (Italian); Kafjih-Guh (Arabic: كوة ك); Koci (Malay);[11] Cauchy (Portuguese); Cochinchina (English); Annam (Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and French). In 1787, US politician Thomas Jefferson referred Vietnam as Cochinchina for the purpose of trading for rice.[12]

"Sấm Trạng Trình" (The Prophecies of Principal Graduate Trình), which are attributed to Vietnamese official and poet Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm (1491–1585), reversed the traditional order of the syllables and put the name in its modern form "Việt Nam" as in Việt Nam khởi tổ xây nền "Vietnam's founding ancestor lays its basis"[13] or Việt Nam khởi tổ gây nên "Vietnam's founding ancestor builds it up".[14] At this time, the country was divided between the Trịnh lords of Hanoi and the Nguyễn lords of Huế. By combining several existing names, Nam Việt, Annam (Pacified South), Đại Việt (Great Việt), and "Nam quốc" (southern nation), the oracles' author[s] created a new name that referred to an aspirational unified state. The word "Nam" no longer implies Southern Việt, but rather that Vietnam is "the South" in contrast to China, "the North".[15] This sentiment had already been in the poem "Nam quốc sơn hà" (1077)'s first line: 南國山河南帝居 Nam quốc sơn hà Nam đế cư "The Southern country's mountains and rivers the Southern Emperor inhabits".[16] Researcher Nguyễn Phúc Giác Hải found the word 越南 "Việt Nam" on 12 steles carved in the 16th and 17th centuries, including one at Bảo Lâm Pagoda, Haiphong (1558).[15] Lord Nguyễn Phúc Chu (1675–1725), when describing Hải Vân Pass (then called Ải Lĩnh, lit. "Mountain-Pass's Saddle-Point"), apparently used "Việt Nam" as a national name in his poem's first line Việt Nam ải hiểm thử sơn điên,[a] which was translated as Núi này ải hiểm đất Việt Nam "This mountain's pass is the most dangerous in Vietnam".[17] Việt Nam was used as an official national name by Emperor Gia Long in 1804–1813.[18] The Vietnamese asked permission from the Qing dynasty to change the name of their country. Originally, Gia Long had wanted the name Nam Việt and asked for his country to be recognized as such, but the Jiaqing Emperor refused since the ancient state of the same name had ruled territory that was part of the Qing dynasty.[19] The Jiaqing Emperor refused Gia Long's request to change his country's name to Nam Việt, and changed the name instead to Việt Nam.[20][21] Gia Long's Đại Nam thực lục contains the diplomatic correspondence over the naming.[22] In his account about the meeting with Vietnamese officials in Hue on January 17, 1832, Edmund Roberts, American embassy in Vietnam, wrote :

"...The country, they said, is not now called Annam, as formerly, but Wietnam (Vietnam), and it is ruled, not by a king, but by an emperor,..."[23]

— Edmund Roberts

"Trung Quốc" 中國, or the 'Middle Country', was also used as a name for Vietnam by Gia Long in 1805.[20] Minh Mang used the name "Trung Quốc" 中國 to call Vietnam.[24] Vietnamese Nguyen Emperor Minh Mạng sinicized ethnic minorities such as Cambodians, claimed the legacy of Confucianism and China's Han dynasty for Vietnam, and used the term Han people 漢人 to refer to the Vietnamese.[25] Minh Mang declared that "We must hope that their barbarian habits will be subconsciously dissipated, and that they will daily become more infected by Han [Sino-Vietnamese] customs."[26] This policies were directed at the Khmer and hill tribes.[27] The Nguyen lord Nguyen Phuc Chu had referred to Vietnamese as "Han people" in 1712 when differentiating between Vietnamese and Chams;[28] meanwhile, ethnic Chinese were referred to as Thanh nhân 清人 or Đường nhân 唐人.[29]

The use of "Vietnam" was revived in modern times by nationalists including Phan Bội Châu, whose book Việt Nam vong quốc sử (History of the Loss of Vietnam) was published in 1906. Chau also founded the Việt Nam Quang Phục Hội (Vietnam Restoration League) in 1912. However, the general public continued to use Annam and the name "Vietnam" remained virtually unknown until the Yên Bái mutiny of 1930, organized by the Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng (Vietnamese Nationalist Party).[30] By the early 1940s, the use of "Việt Nam" was widespread. It appeared in the name of Ho Chi Minh's Việt Nam Độc lập Đồng minh Hội (Viet Minh), founded 1941, and was even used by the governor of French Indochina in 1942.[31] The name "Vietnam" has been official since 1945. It was adopted in June by Bảo Đại's imperial government in Huế, and in September by Ho's rival communist government in Hanoi.[32]

Other names

1. Legendary

Time Name Polity
2879 – 2524 BC Xích Quỷ
Hồng Bàng dynastyKinh Dương Vương
2524 – 258 BC Văn Lang
,
Hồng Bàng dynastyHùng king
257 – 207 BC Âu Lạc
,
Thục dynasty – An Dương Vương
Đại Nam nhất thống toàn đồ (大南ー統全圖 "Comprehensive Map of United Đại Nam") by Nguyễn dynasty in 1838.
Đại Nam nhất thống toàn đồ (大南ー統全圖 "Comprehensive Map of United Đại Nam") by Nguyễn dynasty in 1838.

2a. Official pre-1945

Time Name Polity
204 BC – 111 BC Nam Việt [quốc]
Triệu dynasty
111 BC - 938
1407 - 1427
Giao Chỉ [quận]
, ,
Chinese domination
203 – 544
602 – 607
Giao châu
Chinese domination
544–602 Vạn Xuân [quốc]
Anterior Lý dynasty
679 – 757
766 – 866
Annam [phủ]
Chinese domination
757–766 Trấn Nam [phủ]
Chinese domination
866–965 Tĩnh Hải [quân]
Chinese domination
Ngô dynasty
968–1054 Đại Cồ-việt [quốc]
Đinh dynasty
Early Lê dynasty
Lý dynasty
1054 – 1400
1428 – 1804
Đại Việt [quốc]
Lý dynasty
Trần dynasty
Hồ dynasty
Lê dynasty
Mạc dynasty
Tây Sơn dynasty
Nguyễn dynasty
1400–1407 Đại Ngu [quốc]
Hồ dynasty
1804–1839 Việt Nam [quốc]
Nguyễn dynasty
1839–1945 Đại Nam [quốc]
[33]
Nguyễn dynasty
2b. Official since 1945
3. Non-official

Notes

  1. ^ Another translation: This mountain pass is the most dangerous in the south(ern part) of Việt
  2. ^ According to Vietnamese historian Đào Duy Anh, this location named Jiaozhi in the classical texts was located no farther than modern Anhui province, China,[36] i.e. not the same place as the Jiaozhi commandery established in the Red River Delta during the Han dynasty.
  3. ^ ĐVSKTT asserted that An Dương Vương built Cổ Loa in Việt Thường.[38] Cổ Loa citadel's supposed ruins are now in Đông Anh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.[39] Meanwhile, Sinologist Alfred Forke located the "people" 越裳 Yüeh-shang "in the southern part of Kuang-tung province, near the Annamese frontier",[40] not inside modern Vietnam

Other spellings

In English, the spellings Vietnam, Viet-Nam, and Viet Nam have all been used. The 1954 edition of Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary gave both the unspaced and hyphenated forms; in response to a letter from a reader, the editors indicated that the spaced form Viet Nam was also acceptable, though they stated that because Anglophones did not know the meaning of the two words making up the name Vietnam, "it is not surprising" that there was a tendency to drop the space.[47] In 1966, the U.S. government was known to use all three renderings, with the State Department preferring the hyphenated version.[48] By 1981, the hyphenated form was regarded as "dated", according to Scottish writer Gilbert Adair, and he titled his book about depictions of the country in film using the unhyphenated and unspaced form "Vietnam."[49]

Both Japanese and Korean formerly referred to Vietnam by their respective Sino-Xenic pronunciations of the Chinese characters for its names, but later switched to using direct phonetic transcriptions. In Japanese, following the independence of Vietnam the names Annan (安南) and Etsunan (越南) were largely replaced by the phonetic transcription Betonamu (ベトナム), written in katakana script; however, the old form is still seen in compound words (e.g. , "a visit to Vietnam").[50][51] Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs sometimes used an alternative spelling Vietonamu (ヴィエトナム).[51] Similarly, in the Korean language, in line with the trend towards decreasing usage of hanja, the Sino-Korean-derived name Wollam (월남, the Korean reading of 越南) has been replaced by Beteunam (베트남) in South Korea and Wennam (윁남) in North Korea.[52][53]

See also

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  14. ^ Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm (attributed), Sấm Trạng Trình "1930 Sở Cuồng version", line 7
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