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Boston

Boston is the name of the capital in Massachusetts, named after a town in Lincolnshire, England, meaning “Botulf’s settlement” or “Botulf’s stone”, Botulf/Botolph being an Old English name made up of Old English boda (messenger, envoy; prophet) and wulf (wolf), combined with Old English elements tun (settlement) or stan (stone). It was either named after a saint who might have built a monastary around the area in the 7th century, or a landowner who happened to have the same name.

Boston could also be an altered spelling of German Basten, from Bastien, a short form of Sebastian meaning “from Sebaste”, Sebaste being a city in Asia Minor (in what is now modern day Turkey). The name is derived from Ancient Greek sebastos meaning “venerable, august, exalted” (a Greek translation of Latin Augustus) via Ancient Greek sebázomai (to feel awe, revere) and the adjectival suffix -tos, meaning “worthy of being revered”

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Botolph (Old English)
  • Botolph (Old English)
  • Botwulf (Old English)
  • Botulf (Swedish, Germanic)

 

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