Castile comes from 'castle'

"Castilla viene de "castillo""
Spanish C1 writing exercise

Learn about the etymological origin of the word 'Castile'.

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If the etymology of words is your thing, you will be glad to know that in Spain there is a large area in the centre of the country, whose name in the past was Kingdom of Castile. And you might ask yourself, what is its origin? Well, according to specialists, Castile would mean "land of castles", although others affirm that it comes from the Latin word "castrum", which would derive from "castellum" and already in the year 800 we see the first mention of the term "Castilla" in an apocryphal document of a now disappeared monastery which was located in the north of the province of Burgos. Isn't all this really interesting? Whether it's out of simple curiosity, or for general knowledge, it is fascinating to discover that many place names have an amazing history behind them.