Where did the capital of Nepal get its name?

The name “Kathmandu” originated from two words, kath – meaning wood – and mando – or mandap, meaning house – as most of the buildings were constructed from wood, and then beautifully ornamented. The capital was still called “Kantipur” up until the seventeenth century. No one can overstate the religious, cultural, and traditional importance of the Valley to the people, and Kathmandu as the heart of the country. This is why many hill groups in the upper elevations still often say, “Nepal jaanne” (I am going to Nepal) when they set off for the capital.