There are multiple origins and translations for the name Cuba:
1. Derived from the Latin word cubans denotation - "lying, resting on the ground"
2. Taino "where fertile land is abundant (cubao)" or "great place (coabana)".
3. Possibly Cuba was named by Columbus for the ancient town of Cuba in the district of Beja (Portugal)
4. Derivative form of the name Jacob - "patriarch of the Jewish people (Israel); step, footstep".