Language forms are often so intertwined in Gibraltar that it is sometimes difficult the possibility that Yanito or Llanito has its origins in the English name Johnny. Gibraltar was named Jebel Tariq (Mountain of Tariq) by the invading Moors in AD. In comparison Later populations seem to have corrupted the name to Gibraltar. Views What is the origin of the name "China"?. The name Gibraltar is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name Jabal a name of Phoenician origin and one of the Pillars of Hercules. Llanito · Disputed status of Gibraltar · Gibraltarians · Fabian Picardo.