Wales

Origin of: Wales

Wales

It must be galling for the Welsh that the name of their country should derive from the Anglo-Saxon word wealas, which means foreigners. Wales was the name given to this Celtic homeland by Anglo-Saxons who were, after all, invaders. It is hard to believe that the Welsh people still tolerate such a name. Welsh Gaelic speakers, of which there are still many in Wales, prefer to refer to their country as Cymru, the old Celtic name for their homeland and pronounced Cum-rye.