USA is not America

Even when we stated on our home page that this site is not about demonyms, because of popular demand, we are forced to clarify on this issue.

What is Demonyms?

A demonym is a name given to natives or residents of a certain or specific place. The term gentilic was used previously but is now uncommon.

A demonym is usually, but not always, derived from the name of a place.



So what about the people from the United States?

It's wide known that many people use the term American to refer to the people from the United States of America, hence overlapping the demonyms of the inhabitants of the continent of America (remember that America is one whole continent with three sub continents) with the inhabitants of the country.

So many scholars have proposed the use of many terms to solve this misuse: US American and Unitedstatesian and USian among others.

We strongly believe that US American is a fair demonym for the people of the United States of America; fair for them and fair for the continent inhabitants.

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Fabián argentino y americano(Argentina)says...

On the website of the University of Portland there are many introductory texts about its characteristics and those of the country in which most of the time they write "US American"!

It seems that there is a movement in the United States itself that notices (surely young) that the term "American" is too possessive, existing the name "The Americas" because some things referred to it are also called American (even in current English), as for example the existence of the Organization of American States based in Washington proves it! It is, it seems to me, a generation of

Most considerate US-Americans.

Fabián americano - Argentina(Argentina)says...

Texts with the name "US American" are published on the website of the St. Mark's School of Massachusetts, at least in their headlines because in some parts it is put back as only American, we must congratulate them!!

Alexis Blaylock(United States)says...

The proper and most accurate demonym for a citizen of the United States is "United Statian" (sometimes spelled United Stateian). The United States is a country – not a continent. The term American is ambiguous since citizens from Argentina, Panama, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil and other countries in the Americas are also Americans. Citizens of Russian are called Russian. Citizens of Canada are called Canadians. Citizens of South Africa are called South Africans. It is the same with other countries: England - English, Congo – Congolese, France – French, Switzerland – Swiss, Panama – Panamanian, and so forth. The United States is the only country I know of that arrogantly lays claim to be called by an entire continent (in this case, two continents) and routinely omits their country of origin.

Alexis Blaylock(United States)says...

Correction: ...(sometimes spelled United Statesian)

USAisAmerica(United States)says...

Someone from the US is American. End of story. Don't disrespect the English Language like that.

Fabián americano(Argentina)says...

Typical USian arrogance haha

Davesays...

America is a continent.

The United States Of America is a country

American are the people of The United States Of America

North-American are the people from Mexico, Canada and United States Of America.

Center-American and South-American are the people from such regeions.

The United States Of America!

The Real and True American(Canada)says...

I 100% AGREE with the final paragraph as spoken: "We strongly believe that U.S. American is a fair demonym for the people of the United States of America; fair for them and fair for the continent inhabitants."

U.S. American is the MOST APPROPRIATE way to describe the USA's Demonym versus any other way (In My Opinion)!!! It helps let me know what everyone is referring to between the country and The Continent!!!

Way To Go and Congratulations to the Author(s) of this website!!!

Nebbie(United States)says...

USA = Gringoland or Gringland, The United Gring(o) States, the United States of Gring(o)land

USA Demonym = Gringo/a, Gring, estadounidense

Mexico = Estados Unidos Mexicanos, Estados Unidos de México

Mexico Demonym = Mexicano/a, Mexican, estadounidense (Mexico is the other united states)

Chupitoelpame(Belarus)says...

Gringoland is not a good option cause Gringo is used to refer to the People of The US exclusively just by the mexicans (and maybe other centralamerican countries, and is not a friendly term). In other countries of America the term gringo has other meanings and is not offensive at all.

mojojojo(Chile)says...

all latin americans refer to them as gringos, or gringos culiaos, pinches gringos, gringos boludos etc.

Davesays...

It is not logical that you would take words from grammars to name a country.

United States is a referral to a location and not a proper name.

The word United "Statian" is bending the grammar to make it a proper name.

United States fits more into a sub-name to refer to certain locations.

United States of what? Mexico or Brasil?, perhaps Canada?.

Or United States of China?

or United States of Asia?

It is a country with a unfinished terminology.

You just could not name it United States because other countries already have United States follow by their proper name (example: United States of Mexico).

And grammar is not mathematics where because someone already have United States as a name the other would have to be "United States 2" (or proper name instead of the "2").

The people that invaded America did whatever they wanted to do with the vast lands.

Setsuko(United States)says...

A more literal translation would be United Mexican States. As for the demonym for USA, how about Usonian?

Angela(United States)says...

I like to refer to myself as a Statesman, personally. Californian, specifically. IJS....

united nationssays...

I got it, that is because California was supposed to be a country.

Californian people.

United States means that some States are in agreement together.

Gabs(Brazil)says...

People are saying that the country name itself, so if my country decide to name itself as Europe and not the original, Can I say that I'm European?

And even more, can we be part of the EU, because you know, we are Europeans now...

Davesays...

It is not logical that you would take words from grammars to name a country.

United States is a referral to a location and not a proper name.

The word United "Statian" is bending the grammar to make it a proper name.

United States fits more into a sub-name to refer to certain locations.

United States of what? Mexico or Brasil?, perhaps Canada?.

Or United States of China?

or United States of Asia?

It is a country with a unfinished terminology.

You just could not name it United States because other countries already have United States follow by their proper name (example: United States of Mexico).

And grammar is not mathematics where because someone already have United States as a name the other would have to be "United States 2" (or proper name instead of the "2").

The people that invaded America did whatever they wanted to do with the vast lands.

The Real and True American(Canada)says...

Why do you have to re-post your whole message twice on this Demonyms page?

Repeating your same message (more than once) can be considered as a Spammer or an Annoying Visitor of this website!

I would appreciate it if you can be careful on how many times you repeat your same comments over and over, Thanks!



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