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Planetary Science Eli5 Why is the Middle East called Middle East?Eli5 Why is the Middle East called Middle East? (self.explainlikeimfive)
First, the term comes from a Western European perspective, and since this comes up primarily when we're using Western European languages (e.g. English and Spanish both use it), it makes sense that a historical Western European perspective is embedded in these geographic expressions.
Once trade and shipping from Europe all the way to Japan and China were established, Europeans found it useful to distinguish between events/trade with the "Far East" (Japan and China), the "Near East" (originally the Ottoman Empire), and the "Middle East" that lay in between, that many trade routes passed through. That's why it's Middle... it's between Turkey and China. lol
Fun fact: the "Orient" originally used to refer to Turkey. Thus the famous "Orient Express" was a train going from Paris to Istanbul.