Contrary to a popular legend, Chateau d'Yquem has no link with Michael Eyquem de Montaigne, the famous author of Essays.
Certain etymologists think the name may instead come from the Germanic words again - meaning "to have" - and helm - meaning "helmut", the combination becoming "alg-helm".
First names popular in 10th century such as Aichelmus, Alkemus, Ayquelmus and Ayquemare are believed to have the same roots. "Eyquem", derived from these archaic first names, is a commom surname in the Bordeaux region whose present spelling dates from the 16th century.
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