Derived from the name تُونِس (tūnis)
, of disputed meaning. One theory suggests Berber origin from the Tamazight root ⵜⵏⵙ (tns)
meaning "to lay down" or "encampment" or ens
meaning "to lie down, to pass the night", Others state that the name is from Tanith
, the name of a Phoenician goddess, or from Tynes
, the name of an ancient city. This is the name of the capital and largest city of the Maghrebi country of Tunisia
In many other languages, this spelling represents both the name of the country and the name of the city, as the two words are of the same etymology and origin.