Comments for the name London

Comments for LONDON:

"London" is Latin for "fortress of the moon".
-- PVega  8/27/2005
First of all, sorry but "Londonna" is the most singularly ugly name I've come across in a while. It sounds fake, pretentious and ugly and, no, it couldn't be a 'feminine' version of London? Why? Because London is a PLACE! The whole suggestion is a joke. And the name is hideous. It looks like it should be said 'Londoner'. Is that a joke or what?

Second of all, there is no fixed etymology for London, and most suggestions are rather boring and not at all fancy. So don't go around saying London means 'Starry palace of luuuuuurve' because that's a bit fluffy, fancy and has never been established. It -could- mean, however;
* 'City in the Grove', coming from the Brythonic 'lhwn', meaning grove, and the suffix 'town' which eventually became London.
* the classic suggestion that the city was captured by King Lud, who insisted that it be renamed Kaerlud in his honour, which was slurred into Karelundein and then eventually London. This is probably myth, however.
* 'Valley city', coming from the phrase 'Glynn din'
* coming from 'Luna din', meaning 'moon fortress', although this is unlikely, rather fluffy and a bit sci-fi sounding (you can imagine tour guides with spock ears dressed in silver foil on the moon going 'this is the historic city of luna-dan' or 'wa-shing-ton') or 'Llong din', meaning 'ship fortress'
* it has been suggested that it originates from 'Luandun' or 'Lan/Llan Dian', meaning 'Temple of Diana', but this has been absolutely trashed by countless critics and never justified
* another suggestion is that it comes from 'Llyn Dain', meaning 'Pool of the Thames'
* and some very complicated linguistic explanations state that it could also mean 'boat river', 'swimming river', 'mud', 'marsh', 'lake fort' or names borrowed from European cities. Previous suggestions that it means 'Londino's fortress' or such have been criticised.
-- Anonymous User  2/17/2008
The city name London is, as commented above, derived from the Roman name Londinium and if I remember correctly, it was sacked by Boudicca in AD 61. Londinium is where linguists hit issues, however. One theory I read is that it is derived from a British Celtic word Lugdunum, a reference to the Celtic god Lugh. I'm not a linguist, but this seems the most likely theory to me.
-- Anonymous User  4/1/2009
The name London means fortress of the moon.
-- Stackpole7  5/26/2010

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