First thought? It's a variant of India
, which derives from the name of the Indus river.
The path to the modern form of India
is, however, rather tortuous. It all started as Sanskrit Sapta-Sindhu
"land of the seven rivers" (Sindhu
meaning "river"). Then one day the Persians arrived, and translated Sindhu
via the common mechanism of aspirating the S. (The modern word Hindu
also derives from Sindhu
derives from this.) A little later, the Greeks came along and dropped Hindu
's H, thus leaving Indos
. The Romans took the Greek name up in Latin as Indus
, and then proceeded to name the entire subcontinent India
after the river.
This info comes from Wikipedia: http://snipurl.com/faom
In 1877, Queen Victoria
became Empress of India
, which was then called "the jewel of the British Empire". India
was first taken up among English-speakers in the late 19th century becuse of this; however, it only became truly widespread after it was used to name Ashley
Wilkes's sister in Margaret Mitchell
's Gone with the Wind
: Reworded and corrected some stuff, 'cause I got confused. Also added history of usage as a personal given name.
I could also see Indeo somehow coming from Indigo
, perhaps from a combination of India
. Ironically, both India
have the same etymological roots.Indigo
comes from both Spanish índigo
and Dutch indigo
(the Dutch derived their form from Portuguese endego
), which are both ultimately from Latin indicum
. The Greek form of indicum
, which derived from the neuter of Indikos
This info comes from The American Heritage History of the English Language: Fourth Edition
is, I believe, a very modern name, almost certainly of late mid-20th century to early 21st-century origin. It doesn't rank on any of the popularity charts Behind the Name has, which tells me that it's currently an extremely rare name anywhere. From the few bearers I've seen online, I believe Indigo
's used for both sexes—perhaps a little more for girls than boys though.EDIT
: Added Indigo
's history as a given name.EDIT
: Fixed italics. D'oh!
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