Most of our towns and cities were named by the ancient natives of our land, for a purpose. We got used to their pronunciation without knowing their meanings. And yet, these names give us a glimpse at our towns’ original history.
One thing for sure, after you go through this list, you will never look at these towns the same. Whether Syriac, Aramaic, Phoenician, or Hebrew, their names are a revelation.
Aley: Aramaic for high place and it refers to the high altitude of the city as we know it today.
Annaya: Hebrew, meaning God has answered.
Amioun: Initially Am Yawan in Aramaic, and it means the place of the Greeks.
Amshit: A term recorded numerous times in Phoenician papyrus and parchment referring to Promised land.
Akoura: from the Hebrew word Aqar, meaning Jurd or mountain.
While we come to the end of our extensive list, the Lebanese villages carrying ancient names don’t end with it.
Lebanon is an ancient land and most if not all of our existing towns and cities were built and named thousands of years ago. Pronunciations might have altered with the passing times but our towns and cities remain, rooted far deep in the history of humanity.