Origin of admiral
- Middle English amiral, admiral from Old French and from Medieval Latin amīrālis, admīrālis both from Arabic ’amīr al- ... commander of the ... ’amīr commander ℵmr in Semitic roots al- the
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First recorded in English September, 1300, to refer to Gerard Allard of Winchelsea, referred to as “Admiral of the Fleet of the Cinque Ports”.
- c. 1205 (?).