On Fri, 17 Sep 2004 19:17:27 +0100, Ray Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I am quite sure there are many more such examples. If Mach was indeed
>meaning that England got its name from the Angles who were just one of the
>several Germanic peoples that settled in England (and lowland Scotland &
>parts of Ireland) after the collapse the Roman province, then fair enough.
>  But I just wondered if............

I didn't. It's just that in several languages I know (actually, all
languages I know but English (?): German, French, Spanish), the most usual
way to refer to the UK is by saying _England_ (in the respective languages).

Actually, _Great Britain_ is just another such toponym, since originally,
British only referred to the Celtic people (whereas _Welsh_ could have
referred to both the Celtic and the Romance people on the island if there
were any Romance at all).

It's very common that a country is named after a part of it, but a name that
goes the other way round, that a country is named after a region of which it
forms a part, seems to be the exception.

j. 'mach' wust