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    Lightbulb Germanic Country Names

    These are the countries with Germanic etymology for national name:

    Iceland
    Norway
    Denmark
    Sweden
    Finland (In Swedish: Suomi is the other official language's term, in common with the Sami--Lapps, another Germanic name)
    France
    Netherland
    Germany
    Switzerland (Even though has other official languages, which all attest to Germanic root)
    Liechtenstein
    Austria
    Russia (Named for Roslagen in Sweden)
    Belarus (Compare above)

    Great Britain and Northern Ireland are Celtic roots, regardless of any intranational sentiments of the English.

    I used to think that Italy was cognate with Aethel, but I don't know what to think...

    Belgium and Bulgaria are related to "Wales", right? They all mean "foreign" in Germanic tongues, correct?

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    Don't forget Luxembourg, which according to this comes "from the word Letze, meaning fortification."

    There's also New Zealand, which comes from the Danish Sæl-land or Seal land.
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    I think Austria is a phonetic Latinization of Osterreich. And is Germany/Germania Germanic? The Romans used the phrase Germania. The modern inhabitants call themselves Deutsche, the country Deutschland.

    Ireland is partly Germanic, an Anglicization of Eire > Eireland > Ireland.

    And don't forget America is Germanic, whether it is after King Henry VII or Amerigo Vespucci coming from Haimirich or Amalirich both Germanic.
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    The fact that Great Britain may derive from Celtic roots aside, England is of Germanic origin, and Scotland hails from an 11th century Germanicization of Scotia. The latter is an interesting case, as some cities and regions are highly reflective of Anglo-Saxon and Norse occupation through the centuries (Edinburgh, Sutherland [Suðrland], etc.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychonaut View Post
    Don't forget Luxembourg, which according to this comes "from the word Letze, meaning fortification."

    There's also New Zealand, which comes from the Danish Sæl-land or Seal land.
    Yes you are right that both of those are Germanic, but the etymology of the latter is actually from Seeland (Nord See) next to Holland; compare New Holland for the original name given to Australia.

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    Germanic Country NamesFriday, October 10th, 2008 09:03 PMDrimits Zeeland but you are right dont have to say it myself now Respond
    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    I think Austria is a phonetic Latinization of Osterreich. And is Germany/Germania Germanic? The Romans used the phase Germania. The modern inhabitants call themselves Deutsche, the country Deutschland.

    Ireland is partly Germanic, an Anglicization of Eire > Eireland > Ireland.

    And don't forget America is Germanic, whether it is after King Henry VII or Amerigo Vespucci coming from Haimirich or Amalirich both Germanic.
    The point was not to transliterate names into other languages, but to affirm the etymological base. Thank you for pointing out "America".

    Quote Originally Posted by Loyalist View Post
    The fact that Great Britain may derive from Celtic roots aside, England is of Germanic origin, and Scotland hails from an 11th century Germanicization of Scotia. The latter is an interesting case, as some cities and regions are highly reflective of Anglo-Saxon and Norse occupation through the centuries (Edinburgh, Sutherland [Suðrland], etc.).
    The point was to pick out top government names, not the names of subnational entities like England or Scotland. If we go that route you are suggesting, then why not Andalusia or Lombardy?
    Last edited by Rodskarl Dubhgall; Saturday, October 11th, 2008 at 06:26 AM. Reason: Drim's correction

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    The name for our continent could be interesting too: Skadinaujo

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    Ayup, that would be the day! Perhaps if a newly revived Germanic Europe would use Scandinavia as the name, perhaps Germanic colonies could use the collective name "Nova Gothia".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    And is Germany/Germania Germanic? The Romans used the phase Germania. The modern inhabitants call themselves Deutsche, the country Deutschland.
    "Deutsch" is an old German word, it originates from "theodisk/diutisk". The meaning of the word is "native/indigenious" as well as "those who speak the peoples language".

    The "people language" was Old High German - in contrast to those circles who could speak Latin. So those who couldn´t speak Latin were the "native ones". It was meant as a degradation of the common people in the first place. But as time drew on it became the self-designation of our people ("Proud to don´t speak Latin but our own native language! " *g*).

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    Valkyrie, I believe that is the self-definition of the term Slav, or at least there is a term used by them for the Germans which means the direct opposite.

    There is the idea that the name German came from germaine and germination, sort of how Scandinavia was considered the womb of peoples. Goth, Geat and Jute are supposedly related to the term ingot, meaning to pour, as in an outpouring of a people. I believe my source for this was Jordanes, but could be mistaken.

    Deutsch, aka Teutonic is probably related to Tyr, the one-handed warrior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auduid View Post
    Belgium and Bulgaria are related to "Wales", right? They all mean "foreign" in Germanic tongues, correct?
    Wallonia, the name of the southern regio of romanized Belgium shares the same root word, but not Flanders, the Dutch speaking northern part of the country. Flanders, was called 'Flandris' in the 8th century in Latin writings, which means 'moor', or 'streaming' or 'flowing', and was derived from an earlier Celtic word for the area - which originally just described a part of the coastal area.
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