How Did Scotland Yard Get Its Name?
The name Scotland Yard comes from its very earliest days, soon after the establishment of the police force in London in 1829.
Scotland Yard is the name popularly given to the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, the police force responsible for policing the majority of Greater London with the exception of the City of London and London’s underground and railways.
The force headquarters now occupies a building known as New Scotland Yard, in Broadway, SW1. This building was only occupied by the police in 1967, so the name has a much earlier origin.
The origin of the name Scotland Yard is unknown, but may be named after a former landowner or a connection with the Kings of Scotland. The name was in use by the 17th century.