What’s In A Name

The longest place name in Europe, and the second longest in the world, is  Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch . The town is located on the picturesque island of Anglesey in Wales. Its extravagent place name means Parish of Saint Mary in the Valley of the White Hazel by the Rapid Maelstrom and the Parish of Saint Tysilio by the Red Grotto . Fortunately, there is also an abbreviation: Llanfairpwll . The town’s official name contains 58 characters and 19 syllables. It translates into English as St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave. The town was given this long name as a publicity stunt to bring people to the village.

By the way, the place with the longest name is found on the North Island of New Zealand. Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukaka­piki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu is better known as Pōrangahau. 


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