I was always bothered by the fact that in Italy Munich is called “Monaco”, since nobody else in the world calls that city like that, and we just create confusion. In Italian the official name of the town is “Monaco di Baviera” in order to distinguish from Monaco (Monte-Carlo).
This thread was the occasion for me to search Wikipedia for the origin of the names. I couldn’t discover it precisely, but the italian “monaco” for Munich is derived from its latin name “monacum”, which means “monk”, just as like the italian “monaco”
I only discovered a fun fact:
- Francesco Grimaldi in 1297 entered in the city disguised as a monk, and then he conquered the fortress.
- The coat-of-arms of Munich depicts a monk.
I don’t have evidence, but maybe this explains somehow the name of the two towns? In this case It would be the same name, meaning “monk”. Do you know if I am right or whatever?