Derivation of "Wales"

Kephart, Ronald rkephart at
Fri Sep 23 12:26:35 UTC 2005

>  I doubt Ron's derivation of Wales.  I understand it comes from 
>Galicia  of which there was one in old Anatolia, hardly a place 
>where Old English was spoken.
>  Christina Paulston

Christina, I could be wrong. I'm going by my American Heritage 
Dictionary of the English Language, New College Edition (1980), which 
gives the etymology as:

Middle English Wales, Old English Wealas, [...] plural of wealh, 
foreigner, Roman, Celt, Welshman.


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