This city comprising of ‘Seven Islands’ was named by the native Koli (fisherman) community as ‘Mumbai’ acquired from words ‘Mumbā or Mahā-Ambā’ after Goddess Mumbadevi. However, it was in 1508 that Portuguese writer Gaspar Correja used the word ‘Bombaim’ meaning ‘good little bay’ in his book ‘Lendas da Índia (“Legends of India”)’ to describe the city. It was this term that eventually became Bombay. Furthermore, it was the official name of the city till the year 1995, after which ‘Mumbai’ has been used till today.
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