The Somali Issas people told a tale of a terrorizing beast, buti ("bear"), that was finally defeated by the people. Jab means "defeat" to the Somali, and the combination earned the name of the defeated beast.
However, the country is occupied by more than the Issas. The Afar have another meaning for the name. In the mountain regions of the land, it is called Gabood. Sailors arriving in port then began calling the land "Gabuuti."
Still, the Yemeni sailors who worked the Gulf here have another: ja-al-but, which means "the boat has arrived." Yet every story leads to the same name, and Djibouti appears on maps as the official name of the country.