Ancient city name: Banda Ilir
Known name: Banda Hilir (correct spelling)
Present spelling: Bandar Hilir (wrong spelling)
Ancient maps used the name Banda Ilir.
The name Bandar Hilir indicates it is a city at the rivermouth. It is pronounced as banda ileh in Malacca tongue. There is no 'r' in 'banda' as 'bandar' would then be pronounced as 'bandau' which is not a word for town. So, in the Malacca tongue, city is banda (without the 'r'). The 'h' is silent in Hilir. Hilir is pronounced as ile or ileh in Malacca tongue. Banda Hilir is correctly pronounced as banda ileh in Malacca tongue.