The word Tunisia is derived from Tunis; a city and capital of modern-day Tunisia. The name Tunis can be attributed to different origins. It can be associated with the Phoenician goddess Tanith ( aka Tunit ), ancient city of Tynes . In Egyptian, her name means Land of Neith, Neith being a war goddess.

A Tunisian military helicopter flies over Government Palace in the north African country’s capital, Tunis on January 17, 2011. All who were involved in repression in the country under ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali will face justice, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said Tuesday. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)

Tunisian soldiers stand guard in front of the Tunisian television premises in Tunis. Tunisia deployed troops in the capital and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew Wednesday as weeks of violent protests reached the city and new clashes erupted further south with two people reported killed. (AFP/Fethi Belaid)

A rainbow is seen in the center Tunis, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Tunisians are effervescent since the flight into exile last Friday of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the strongman who ruled this country for 23 years and quashed opponents. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Tunisian flags fly at half mast in front of a municipal building during the second day of national mourning as storm clouds gather above downtown Tunis, January 22, 2011. Tunisia’s interim prime minister promised to quit politics after elections, a pledge intended to appease protesters demanding remnants of the old guard leave a unity coalition formed after the overthrow of the president. REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly (TUNISIA – Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

Tunisian army soldiers stand guard near a tank in downtown Tunis January 15, 2011. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A Tunisian army tank guards the Interior Ministry in downtown Tunis January 15, 2011. Hundreds of soldiers patrolled the streets of the Tunisian capital on Saturday where the prime minister was due to meet opposition parties to try to form a coalition after protests swept the president from power. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)