What’s In A Name?


How many characters in your town or village name? How would you like to live in a village called “Saint Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of Saint Tysilio with a red cave”. Honestly that’s what it’s called, or should I say that’s what the English translation from Welsh calls it. In Welsh the village name is Llanfair­pwllgwyn­gyllgo­gery­chwyrn­drobwll­llanty­silio­gogo­goch and that’s 58 characters to be precise. Can you imagine addressing a post-card or a letter? How do you fit it all in? Thankfully it’s often shortened to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG and in the UK we use postcodes, so hopefully there’s no confusion with other villages which start with Llanfair.

Llanfair PG

Since the WordPress Weekly Challenge happens to be Signs this week I thought I’d show you one of the railway signs with the full name. Invented in 1860 for promotional purposes it is the largest place name in Europe and the second largest in the world, at 85 characters Taumata (shortened) in New Zealand is the longest. Although I have read that a place in Thailand lays claim to 163 letters now and that place is Bangkok or Krung Thep which is the shortened version of Krung­thep­maha­nakorn­amorn­ratana­kosin­mahintar­ayutthay­amaha­dilok­phop­noppa­ratrajathani­burirom­udom­rajaniwes­mahasat­harn­amorn­phimarn­avatarn­sathit­sakkattiya­visanukamprasit. You can understand why the locals call it Krung Thep?

2 thoughts on “What’s In A Name?

  1. petspeopleandlife October 8, 2014 / 10:21

    That’s actually a name? I’d say over the top and somebody must have been drunk when that name was concocted. Great looking pic for a great topic of discussion.🙂

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  2. Mike Hardisty October 8, 2014 / 10:47

    It truly is a name Yvonne, but very few people actually use it, preferring the shortened version.

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