Middle Dutch Edit
The second element is borch (“stronghold, fortress”). The first element is of disputed origin:
- Proto-West Germanic *lindu (“lime tree”)
- archaic/obsolete lint meaning "snake, dragon," for which see lindworm
- Latin limes (“boundary, limit, edge”), a Roman-era name for its location at the boundary of the empire.
- the noun lijm (“lime, glue, sludge”)
- named by its founder Frederick, Duke of Lower Lorraine after Limburg Abbey in Bad Dürkheim, Germany, itself possibly from one of the words above (however, also compare the river Linth).
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
- Berkel and Samplonius, "Het Plaatsnamenboek", 1989, Unieboek, Houten
- Jean-Louis Kupper (2007) Les origines du duché de Limbourg-sur-Vesdre", Revue belge de Philologie et d'Histoire Année 85-3-4 pp.
Further reading Edit
- “limborch”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000