ORIGIN OF THE NAME

The name of Milaor was earlier referred to by Spanish documents in variety of  names as Milarrit, Milaver and Milauod. The last one apparently stuck and was used for centuries until about the 19th century when Milaor began to be used . The name Milaud was believed to have been derived from Maylaud. Maylaud most likely evolved from two Bikol words may meaning "there is" and laud which signifies "a river or any large body of water.

Or it could also come from ma-ilaod meaning going to Ilauod. Based on 17th century Franciscan mis­ sionary-lexicographer, the word laud or ylauod was defined as "La parte de abajo del pueblo, contraria de la parte de arriba" (the lower arera of the town as opposed to go to the lower or higher). Thus maylauod means to go to the lower portion of the town. But the word lauod according to Lisboa could also be used to refer to the open sea or to the deepest part of the sea or of the gulf, "la mar alta, o golfo o lo mas hondo en la mar, o rio." Indeed, Milaor not only geographically located on the lower portion (abajo) of the hin­ terland but also had always been a flood-prone town even in the early period of colonial rule. This suggests that it was also located in the lowest portion of the terrain.

 

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