The origin of the word “apostille”
The word “Apostille” (pronounced a-pos-TEE, not a-pos-TEAL or a-pos-TILL-ee) is of French origin. It comes from the French verb “apostiller”, which derives from the old French word postille meaning“annotation”, and before it the Latin word postilla, a variation of the word postea, which means “thereafter, afterwards, next” (Le Nouveau Petit Robert: Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française, Paris, 2004).
Usage of the words “Apostille” and “apostiller” dates back to the end of the 16th century in France; where an Apostille consisted of an annotation in the margin of a document or at the end of a letter. During the negotiations on the Apostille Convention, the term “Apostille” was preferred because of its novelty. The meanings of the word Apostille described above are still valid today.