Sinhala Prakrit itself became known as "Elu", or "Hela-basa" හෙලබස.
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The name Taprobana is attributed to Megasthenes in the 4th century BCE.
Ptolemy's map used the name Taprobane, establishing that in the 1st-2nd century CE the country was known to the West as Taprobane.
Subsequent names, e.g., 'Ceilao', "Ceilan", `Ceylam', Ceylan', Zeilon, and Ceylon are adapted from "Serendib". The Frenchman Sier Sanson's 1652 map uses 'Ceylan'.
The Dutch map of 1681 uses the name Ceylon and Conde Uda to refer to the kingdom of Kandy (Conde).