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Why is Wales called Wales?

Question #56144. Asked by shady shaker.
Last updated Jan 10 2020.

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It's not really. It's called Cymru by the people who live there. Sort of like Spain actually being called EspaƱa.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Jan 10 2020.
Mar 24 2005, 7:35 AM
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It's called Wales because they're all foreigners there. Or so the Saxons etc thought. Some places called Walton have same origins. The French call it Pays de Galles, which is a bit odd, because they weren't Gauls but Britons.

Mar 24 2005, 10:22 AM
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Wales was a Celtic domain after the invasion of the Anglo-Saxons. Gaul was also Celtic, so that explains the connection.

Mar 24 2005, 10:25 PM
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