Europe is a Scythian name
The etymology of Europe according to wikpedia, the free encyclopaedia:
The etymology concerning the name Europe is much debated. One apprehension is that it derives from the Greek mythology where Europa (Greek Ευρώπη) was a Phoenician princess, famous for her beauty, captured by Zeus in the shape of a bull. She was brought to the island of Crete where she became the mother to Minos. To Homer Europa was the mythological queen of Crete. Later this fact was established on the Greek mainland and around 500 B.C. this has spread to the countries north of Greece. The mythological description of the birth of the European main cultures being of West Asian origin is correct as Greece never would have risen without the cultural influence of the sea people, the Phoenicians and their great cultural influence. The Greek word Europa derives from the Greek words for broad (eurys) and face (ops). Broad has been the epithet for earth itself in ancient Indo-European religions. Other scholars claim that the word has come to have an over-refined meaning in Greek and that it originally derives from a Semitic word, i.e. the Acadian word erebu, meaning “sunset”, as from a Middle Eastern perspective the sun sets over Europe. The word Asia is also believed to derive from an Acadian word, asu, meaning “sunrise” as the sun rises in the east from an Asian perspective. All these facts are very insecure.
The etymology of Europe according to my view (by the mythologist Javad Mofrad):
According to etymologists and historians the names of all the great rivers, the Danube, Denister (Dnister) the Dnieper and the Don north of the Black Sea are of Scythic origin, belonging to Indo-Iranian languages meaning in order of priority: the broad waters, the lowest river, the uppermost river and the widespread river. Europa in the variety Euro-apa means in Scythic (which belongs the Indo-Iranian languages) widespread waters, which is an exact synonymy to the Danube. According to Herodotus the Scythes related these rivers to their famous goddesses. Greek and Nordic myths point to that Europa also has been an alternative name to the Scythian earth- and water goddess Api (“water”). According to Greek myths Zeus (in Scythian pappai) arrives to Phoenicia in the shape of a bull and the princess/goddess Europa sits on his rig trying to ride. At this time Zeus, with the help of Poseidon (the water and river god), kidnapped her to Europa. The bull which shapes Zeus and Poseidon in this myth is connected to Dayaus (the light god of the heavens) and his wife Paritavi (the earth goddess), both appearing in the Vedas, both in the shape of a cow. In ancient Greece this goddess was known as Demeter (mother Earth) and Semele (the earth goddess in Slavic languages).
The mystical father of Europa, Agenor (very male) is connected to the Scythian/Slavic heaven and sun god Svarog (very hot). The mother of Europa is the queen Telephassa (the away shining) or Agriope (she with a white face). The very name Phoenicia means the red like country meaning Svarog (the one with much heat) and Svantovit (holy appearance from the four cardinal points) or Biylobog (the god of light). The myth connected to the popular Scandinavian god Balder, actually meaning the god of the belt = the god of Trachia has also a connection the name of Europa. The name of Balder’s wife Nanna (mother in Scythian) in the variety Nuna, means face in Swedish (colloquial). This variety is connected to Balder’s strange land, I.e. Breidabilk (broad view) which has almost the same meaning as Europa by the Greeks meaning wide eyed or that one with a broad face. The god Balder (the Thracians’ Salmoxis; the Slaves’ Svanovit) and his wife (Shiva = white, Api, Euro-apa) has been the odd divinities of the Balkans or Thracia. To this we must add that Balder’s wife’s (Nanna’s) nickname, i.e. Sväva (going in waves) is clearly connected to the largest river of the Balkans, the Danube. It also seems that the names the Balkans and the Baltic States can be derived from the Thracian geters’ culture (the forefathers of the Lithuanians and Latvians) and the culture of dasiers’ (the Slaves) as has the Nordic thunder god Tor’s name wandered from the Scythian culture tradition to the Nordic. His official name in Scythian has been Tagimassades, which means the extremely strong sea- and thunder god. Tor’s wild goats (and ibex) carrying his wagon are the totem animals of the Scyths = Saka, Skyth, which means ibex (stein bock) and has been an official name of the Scythian people. Iranian myths recognize them only by their name of their thunder god, i.e. Tur (Tor).