12th cent. From Latin palus 'id.'
From Proto-Italic *pā̆g-slo- 'id.,' from Proto-Indo-European *peh2ǵ-sl- "by the use of stakes," the instrumental of *peh2ǵ-os "stake" (see pago (1)).
Also the origin of the town Palos de la Frontera, a town in Huelva famous as marking the departure Christopher Colombus.
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Portuguese paul, Italian palude ; Eastern Vulgar Latin: Aromanian pãduri, Romanian pădure ; Sardinian: padúle
Indo-European: Hellenic: Ancient Greek εὐ-πηγής (ey-pegés) "well-built;" Indo-Iranian: Sanskrit pajrá- "solid," Khotanese pāysa- "surface"