Formerly Be·lo·rus·sia or Bye·lo·rus·sia or White Russia.
From Slavic *bel (“white”) + -a- (connecting morpheme) + Русь (Rusĭ, “Ruthenia”); The stem bel- is cognate with Balt- (Baltic), from Lithuanian baltas (“white”). Compare Belarusian Беларусь (Belarús’), Russian Беларусь (Belarús’), Белоруссия (Belorússija).
- Alternative form of Belarus.
- Kirk and Michael Douglas - Kirk was born to Jewish immigrants from Gomel, Belarus, and they changed their surname Danielovitch to Demsky.