Female, Food, Honey, M names, Male, Phoenician, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Malta

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

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Variants:

  • Melita (Latin)
  • Maltese (English)

 

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