Origin of Easter Islandfrom the fact that it was discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722
Known locally as Ra·pa Nu·i
Easter Island, Chile
The name "Easter Island" was given by the island's first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday 1722. Roggeveen named it Paasch-Eyland (18th century Dutch for "Easter Island"). The island's official Spanish name, Isla de Pascua, also means "Easter Island".