Meaning and Origin
What does the name Rome mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.
User Submitted Origins
- The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church
- Capital and largest city of Italy; on the Tiber; seat of the Roman Catholic Church; formerly the capital of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire
From Middle English Rome, from Old English Rōm, Rūm, from Proto-Germanic *Rūmō and influenced by Late Latin Rōma (“Rome, Constantinople”), from Classical Latin Rōma (“Rome”). In Roman mythology, the name was said to derive from Romulus, one of the founders of the city and its first king.
The name appears in a wide range of forms in Middle English, including Rom, Room, Roome, and Rombe as well as Rome; by early modern English, it appeared as Rome, Room, and Roome, with the spelling Rome occurring in Shakespeare and common from the early 18th century on. The final spelling was influenced by Norman, Middle French, Anglo-Norman, and Old French Rome.
- A city on the Tiber River on the Italian peninsula; ancient capital of the Roman Empire; capital city of Italy; capital city of the region of Lazio.
- Ancient Rome; the former Roman Empire; Roman civilization.
- The Holy See, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly prior to the establishment of the Vatican City in the 19th century.
- The Church of Rome, the Roman Catholic Church generally.
- A former province of Lazio, Italy; disestablished in 2014.
Rome was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Italian, Middle English, and Old French