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OTHER SCRIPTS: سوريا (Arabic)
OTHER FORMS: Sūriyā (Arabic)
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 4/22/2017
Meaning & History
Derived from Luwian Sura/i
and the derivative ancient Greek Σύριοι (Sýrioi)
or Σύροι (Sýroi)
, which are all from Aššūrāyu
, referring to the ancient civilization of Assyria
. The name is believed to be from Akkadian Aššur
, which was the name of the capital city of the Assyrian Empire, though it is also thought to be simply from the name of Assyria. This is the name of a country in the Middle East.