One origin theory of the name Canada
HOW CANADA OBTAINED ITS NAME.
-—-The origin of the word “Canada” is curious enough. The Spaniards visited that country previous to the French, and made particular search for gold and silver, and finding none often said among themselves, “Acá nada” (there is nothing here). The Indians, who watched closely, learned this sentence and its meaning.
The French arrived, and the Indians, who wanted none of their company, and supposed they also were Spaniards come on the same errand, were anxious to inform them in the Spanish sentence “Acá nada.” The French, who knew as little of Spanish as the Indians, supposed this incessantly-recurring sound was the name of the country, and gave it the name of Canada, which it has borne ever since.
Friend's Intelligencer, Vol XXXV