Either deverbal from shqipoj (“to speak clearly”), or else from shqipe, shkype, dialectal forms of shkabë (“eagle”), according to a tribal totemic belief linked to the Albanian medieval flag. Replaced the now dialectal (Arbërësh, Arvantika) arbër ~ arbën.
Petar Skok suggested that this word is originated from Scupi (Shkupi), the capital of the Roman province of Dardania (today's Skopje).  According to Petar Skok, the Albanian demonym Shkuptar (as in inhabitant of Skopje) changed to Shkiptar, which is still used among Arvanitis Albanians in Greece, and later to Shqiptar .
- IPA(key): /ʃcip/, /ʃc͡ɕip/ (Standard Albanian)
- IPA(key): /ʃcip/, /ʃc͡ɕip/ (Gheg, [c]~[c͡ɕ] merge with [t͡ɕ]~[t͡ʃ] in northern dialects)
(Audio: [c]~[c͡ɕ] > [t͡ɕ]~[t͡ʃ])
shqip m (feminine shqipe)
- ^  ΔΙΑΤΑ Ε RĒ (Standard Albanian: Dhjata e Re ('The New Testament'), Konstantin Kristoforidi (Konstandin Kristoforidhi), 1872
- ^ Fialuur i voghel Sccyp e ltinisct (Small Dictionary of Albanian and Latin), page 16, by P. Jak Junkut, 1895, Sckoder
- ^ "ALBANCI". Enciklopedija Jugoslavije 2nd ed. Supplement. Zagreb: JLZ. 1984. p. 1.
- ^ Shqiptar on Wikipedia