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A map of the city of Lutèce

You will come across the name Lutèce (or Lutetia in Latin) every so often while touring the city of Paris. But what is the word’s origin and meaning?

The Latin word Lutetia is believed to signify “marsh” or “swamp”, as the name used to indicate the little island in the middle of the Seine (today’s Ile de la Cité),  whence modern Paris originated. In the 5th century, Lutèce became “la cité des Parisii” (the City of Parisii), named after the Gallic people (Parisii) who then lived there.  City’s name Paris may come from the Celto-Gallic word “parisio” which means “working men” or “artisans”.