1507, in Cartographer Martin Waldseemüller's treatise "Cosmographiae Introductio,"
from Mod.L. Americanus,
after Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) who made two trips to the New World as a navigator and claimed to have discovered it. His published works put forward the idea that it was a new continent, and he was first to call it Novus Mundus
"New World." Amerigo
is more easily Latinized than Vespucci
. The name Amerigo
is Gmc., said to derive from Goth. Amalrich
, lit. "work-ruler." The O.E. form of the name has come down as surnames Emmerich
, etc. The It. fem. form merged into Amelia
"U.S. society viewed as racist, fascist, oppressive, etc." first attested 1969; the spelling is Ger., but may also suggest the KKK.