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What does 'Singapore' mean?


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August 10, 2015 3:20AM

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Singapore" is the English word for "Singapura", which means Lion City. This word originated when Sang Nila Utama, an Indonesian prince, set sail and discovered Singapore. He saw what he thought was a lion, which was actually a tiger on the island running at great speed, and since that was the first thing he saw on the island, he decided to name it Lion City, or Singapura.


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I agree that Singapore is an English word, but the true word is a Sanskrit/Tamil word. The Tamil language is the nearest to Sankrit among all other Indo languages, meaning Singa (Lion) and Ore (Pronounced: Oooree-City). As many of you are not aware of the South East Asian history, this regions was under the rule of Vijayanagar Empire under the kings of Raja raja Solan, one of the mightiest empire at that time to rule South East Asian countries from South India, till almost 1,200 AD.

Their main link seat was Java, Indonesia. From there the princes go hunting in the neighbouring lands and in one expedition, Sang Nila Utama, and Indian prince from Java, happened to come to Singapore and this is where he saw a fish with a Lion like head swimming in the Singapore river. As he was amazed with this creature, he called this place the city of Lion ( Singa ore ).

Sang Nila Utama's cousin, Parameswara than set foot in Malaysia, the old word ( Malaya ) means in Sanskrit/Tamil word, the land of mountains, because of the lands mountain regions.

Before Islam came to this regions, this countries were already long practicing Hinduism.

Singapore was first named in Malay as Singapura which means Lion City.

Singapore is a Tamil word. In Tamil "Singam" means lion, "ooru" means land or place, so it is called Lion Clity