likely gets its name from the Nauruan word Anaoero, which means "I
go to the beach."
Nauru's historic beginnings are similar to all of the South Pacific beginnings,
but Nauru sits in the middle of the Melanesian, Polynesian, and Micronesian people,
giving them aspects of all of these cultures. Like these people, the early Nauruan
settlers survived off the lands and their lifestyle was focused on the foods from
the land and seas. While this remains true to some degree today, the culture and
lifestyle in Nauru have vastly changed in recent years.
As settlers made their way to the South Pacific, nearly all immigrating waves are
believed to have passed through Nauru and intermarried the local people. The people
today maintain aspects of all these ethnicities and their languages are present
in Nauru, however the similarities are most striking when compared to Micronesia
both ethnically and linguistically. This was the root of their culture and remains