Malta is the name of a European country in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the name of the largest island in the Maltese Archipelago. The origin of the name is uncertain; its Latin name is Melita which is similar to Ancient Greek meli meaning “honey” via a PIE root word. It may also be derived from a Phoenician word meaning “haven”, “port”, or “refuge”. Malta is also an Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch surname which originated as a locational surname for someone who came from the island of Malta.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Phoenician
- Melita (Latin)
- Maltese (English)