Place Name BABYLON

TYPE: Settlement
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βαβυλων (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Greek form of Akkadian 𒆍𒀭𒊏𒆠 (Babili), which appears to mean "gateway of God", from Akkadian 𒆍 (babu) meaning "gate" and 𒀭 (ilu) meaning "God", though it may in fact derive from a non-Semitic language. This was the name of a major city in ancient Mesopotamia, the capital of the Babylonian Empire. It was located in present-day Iraq.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Babili (Akkadian), Babylone (French), Babilonia (Italian), Babilónia (Portuguese), Babilonia (Spanish)
Entry updated July 11, 2018