Origin of -ia
Examples from the Web for ia
Co -7, IA -7, NH -7, WI-7, VA -5, NV -4, MI -4, FL -3, NC -3, MN -3, OH -2.Various Thoughts: Demography, Rove, Morris, the Great Nate, &c.|Michael Tomasky|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Acher'ia, the fox, went partnership with a bear in a bowl of: milk.
Cryptad′ia, things to be kept secret; Cryptol′ogy, secret language; Cryp′tonym, a secret name.
Indeed, even the emperor himself, with his mother Liv'ia, incurred a share of the general suspicion.Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|Oliver Goldsmith
One lot always end in 'ic,' and the other in 'ia,' and it is so confusing.Hunter's Marjory|Margaret Bruce Clarke
He fancies his sister Monim'ia has lost her honor, and calls her to task, but finds he is mistaken.
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ia
word-forming element in names of countries, diseases, flowers, from Latin and Greek -ia, which forms abstract nouns of feminine gender. In paraphernalia, Mammalia, etc. it represents the Latin and Greek plural suffix of nouns in -ium or -ion.
Chinese forms country names by adding guo "country" to the stressed syllable of the place name, hence Meiguo "America," from mei, the stressed syllable of America (minus -r-, which does not exist in Chinese). Similarly Yingguo "England," Faguo "France." Continent names are similarly formed, with zhou "continent" (e.g. Meizhou "America (continent)," Feizhou "Africa," Ouzhou "Europe").