It’s the one fact about Mexico that you probably didn’t know. The country’s name is not really Mexico, at least not officially.
After gaining independence from Spain in 1821, Mexico officially became the “Mexican United States.”
The American independence movement had inspired Mexican leaders of that era and since Mexico, in fact, also was a territory composed of states, the name stuck and became official in 1824.
But the reality is the official name is used only by Mexican officials who deal with diplomatic protocol and official documents pertaining to international relations. For the rest of Mexicans — and the world — the country is simply known as Mexico.
However in 2012, the outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent to the Mexican Congress a piece of legislation to change the country’s name officially to simply Mexico.
“It’s time that we Mexicans retake the beauty and simplicity of our motherland’s name: Mexico. (It’s) a name that we use when chanting or singing, a name that identifies us throughout the world and that makes us proud,” Calderon said.
Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821. In Spanish, Mexicans pronounce the “x” in Mexico as a hard “h.”
Culled from the CNN