From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue May 03 2005 - 16:08:31 CDT
On 03/05/2005 19:39, Jony Rosenne wrote:
>I believe that both Denmark and Danish are called after the name of the
>people. Denmark, or Danemark, means the mark (march, a border district) of
>I think England too is a country named after the people, rather than the
>other way round.
Indeed. The original name of each of the people was Angle (famously
confused with Angel by Pope Gregory the Great), and the country was
originally Angle-land (cf French Angleterre), later abbreviated to England.
But then Scotland is also named after the Scots, i.e. the plural of
Scot. And I assume that the anglicised form Ireland is derived from some
version of the name of the Irish people, rather than vice versa - or
perhaps it is simply Éire + -land.
Ironically, the Angles came from Denmark and the Scots from Ireland.
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