The origin of this name is still today quite uncertain. The theories include: 1) It was an old Italian name, used most notably by the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821), who was born on Corsica. It is possibly derived from the Germanic Nibelungen, the name of a race of dwarfs in Germanic legend, which meant "sons of mist". The German Nibelungen is the name in Germanic and Norse mythology of the royal family or lineage of the Burgundians who settled in the early 5th century at Worms. 2) The name could alternatively be linked to the name of the city of Naples. 3) Another folk etymology is from the Ancient Greek "Neápolis (Νεάπολις)", from "néa (νέα) (new)" plus "pólis (πόλις) (city)".
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