Place Name BABYLON

TYPE: Settlement
OTHER SCRIPTS: Βαβυλων (Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Greek form of Akkadian Babili, which is of uncertain meaning. It is often explained as meaning "gateway of God", from Akkadian babu "gate" and ilu "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)