Outgoing Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Thursday submitted legislation to change the country’s official name to Mexico

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 “United Mexican 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.

(via. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/22/world/americas/mexico-name-change/index.html?hpt=hp_c3)