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>> A treatment of the name is at
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_of_America#Etymology_and_naming...
>
> Too many errors found there with regard to what I do know cause me not
> believe statements there with regard to what I do not, especially when
> articles, such as the above degenerate into statements such as "Acceptance
> may have been aided by the "natural poetic counterpart" that the name
> America made with Asia, Africa, and Europa", on reading which, I close the
> window and look elsewhere. :-(

I know what you mean, haha, but in this case a derivation of the name
America from Amerigo Vespucci does seem to be the consensus - at
least, that's what we were always taught in school here.

- Chris Gwinn