The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other branches of the British government formerly used the older spelling of "Jedda", contrary to other English-speaking usage, but in 2007, it changed to the spelling "Jeddah".
Some archaeologists' studies suggest the existence of inhabitants in the region now known as Jeddah since the Stone Age seeing as they found some artifacts and 'Thamoudian' writings in Wadi (valley) Breiman east of Jeddah and Wadi Boib northeast of Jeddah.
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There are at least two explanations for the etymology of the name Jeddah, according to Jeddah Ibn Al-Qudaa'iy, the chief of the Quda'a clan.
The more common account has it that the name is derived from جدة Jaddah , the Arabic word for "grandmother".
The Berber traveler Ibn Battuta visited Jeddah during his world trip in around 1330.
He wrote the name of the city into his diary as "Jiddah".
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