Derivation of "Wales"
Harold F. Schiffman
haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri Sep 23 12:45:48 UTC 2005
German also has the term Welsch, meaning something like "outlander" or
foreigner. (Now pejorative in "Kauderwelsch" meaning 'mish-mash',
On Fri, 23 Sep 2005, Kephart, Ronald wrote:
> > 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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