In the history of the wreath, the word Wreath comes from the Old English word, Writhen, which means to writhe or twist. The history of the wreath notes that ancient Romans and Greeks used wreaths of evergreens to adorn the head of Olympic athletes, kings and heroes. Soon they began embellishing the wreaths and garlands with precious metals and jewels. This became the first crown. The word crown, or corona, itself means wreath or garland.