Scotia (pr. skoh-sha) was originally the Roman name for Ireland, derived from Scoti or Scotti, a term used to refer to the Gaels, though it later came to refer to Scotland. The origin of the word Scoti/Scotti is unknown. It could possibly be derived from the name of a Celtic tribe of unknown meaning though that seems unlikely since there is no known tribe of that name. Another possible source according to Irish chronicles and myths is that the name is derived from Scota, the name of a princess who was the daughter of an Egyptian pharoah and whose name was given to the country although I can’t say how accurate that last part is, although the stories behind it are fascinating. Nova Scotia (New Scotland) is the name of a province in Canada.
Scotia is also a word used in architecture referring to a concave molding between two fillets, a type of decorative molding. The word comes from Ancient Greek skotía meaning “dark, darkness, shadowy, gloom”.
Origin: Latin, Ancient Greek