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Contributor Contrib.Tania Allen on 5/2/2006
As a Spanish given name, Almeda is a transfer of the Spanish surname which is derived from Almeida, a habitational name from Arabic al-medina "the city". Its use has been influenced by Alameda, a topographic name from Spanish alameda "poplar grove", and ultimately by the Spanish word álamo "poplar".In the English-speaking world, Almeda is as much a borrowing of the Spanish name as it used to be the traditional "translated" form of a Welsh saint's name. Which saint exactly would have been Anglicized as Almeda is debated by modern-day academics: the most popular theory opts for Eluned or Eiliwedd (via its old Latinization Almedha).Whichever saint it was, she is most likely also the source of the Breton name.