Origin of Animal Names Kangaroo In the 17th century James Cook discovered the continent of Australia, a continent who had formerly united with Asia. In this expedition, the captain of a British national was found (see) mammals have a pocket, he asked the name of this animal with Idioms signaling to the residents and they answered "Kangaroo". Cook-was later noted the name in notenya. Though the population that had been asked by Cook, did not understand what is in question by Cook ... - The word "kangaroo" means "I dont Understand you" - But Cook even think the word "kangaroo" marsupial animal that's name is ... Since then the animal who has the Latin name Macropusgigantea known by name of Kangaroo.