Taxonomy and systematics
The Eurasian golden oriole was originally described in the genus
Carl Linnaeus. Formerly, this species was treated as being conspecific with the
Indian golden oriole until split in 2011.
 A sub-population named turkestanica was considered by
Charles Vaurie to be indistinguishable from O. o. oriolus.
 Alternate names for the Eurasian golden oriole include the European golden oriole and western Eurasian golden oriole.
The name "oriole" was first used in the 18th century and is an adaptation of the scientific
Latin genus name, which is derived from the Classical Latin "aureolus" meaning golden. Various forms of "oriole" have existed in
Romance languages since the 12th and 13th centuries.
Albertus Magnus used the Latin form oriolus in about 1250 and erroneously stated that it was
onomatopoeic because of the golden oriole's song. In medieval England its name, derived from the song, was the woodwele.