Many people often ask about the origin of our country’s name. So, where does the name “Cyprus” derive from?
Below are the top 5 most famous suggestions regarding the origin of our island’s name:
The very first attested reference to Cyprus is the 15th century BC Mycenaean Greek, ku-pi-ri-jo, which means “Cypriot” (Greek: Κύπριος). The name is written in Linear B syllabic script. The classical Greek form of the name is Κύπρος (Kýpros).
A third suggestion includes the Greek name of the henna plant (Lawsonia alba), namely κύπρος (kýpros).
Another famous suggestion refers to the overseas trade, whereby the island has given its name to the Classical Latin word for copper through the phrase aes Cyprium, “metal of Cyprus”. The phrase was later shortened to Cuprum.
Cyprus, has also been known as one of the birthplaces given in Greek mythology for Aphrodite, who was known as Kýpria.
Source: Cyprus Etymology