Place Name ITALY

TYPE: Country
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: IT-ə-lee   [details]

Meaning & History

Anglicized form of Italia, originally applied by the Greeks to the south of the Italian Peninsula. It may have been borrowed from Oscan Víteliú possibly meaning "land of bulls". According to Roman mythology, the region was named for ITALUS, though in fact it was he who was named for the region.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Italia (Ancient Roman), Italie (French), Italien (German), Italia (Italian), Itália (Portuguese), Italia (Spanish)