Arlington Meaning and Origin

Arlington is a boy’s place name of English origin. The name is derived from the Old English words “eorl,” meaning “nobleman,” and “tun,” meaning “enclosure” or “settlement.” It was originally used as a place name to refer to a town or settlement where an earl or nobleman resided. In the United States, the name Arlington gained popularity as a surname, and later as a given name. One of the most famous uses of the name is for the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, which was named after the Arlington House, the former home of General Robert E. Lee. As a given name, Arlington is relatively uncommon but has a strong and noble sound to it. It can also be considered a unisex name, though it is more commonly used for boys. Some possible nicknames for Arlington include Arlo, Art, or Ari.

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