The island with soul has lots to tell us because it takes many years, decades and millenniums to be attain such a strong identity as El Hierro has.
The island has historically been known by many different names before arriving at its current one. Ombrion, Capararia, Pluvialia, Eseró or Hero were some of the most well-known. However, there is no doubt that Meridian Isle is the name that hides the greatest and most famous story. This name is supposed to have been given by Ptolemy, a Greco-Roman astronomer who, in the 2nd century AD, situated the prime meridian in the extreme west of the island, exactly coinciding with Punta de Orchilla on El Hierro. It would remain like that for centuries, until it was moved to Greenwich in 1884.