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Meaning & History
A city in Central Scotland. The exact origin is unknown. However, given the town's fame, several theories have emerged:
The most common belief is that the name is Brythonic-Celtic and means 'the dwelling place of Melyn'. This is supported by early attestations of the name (c. 1200 Strivelyn, c.1296 Strivilinse). The first element could be related to Old Welsh ystre-
, 'town, estate'.
Another theory is that the name is Brythonic, but instead derived from *ïster
, possibly meaning 'straw' and lïnn
, 'lake'. Such a name would imply a shallow vegetation-filled body of water.
Folk etymology has Stirling derive from a Scots or Gaelic word meaning 'struggle' or 'strife'.