Tuesday, 6 April 2010

ABC Wednesday L for London





Wikipedia says:"The etymology of London is uncertain. It is an ancient name and can be found in sources from the 2nd century. It is recorded c. 121 as Londinium, which points to Romano-British origin. The earliest attempted explanation, now disregarded, is attributed to Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae. The name is described as originating from King Lud, who had allegedly taken over the city and named it Kaerlud.

From 1899 it was commonly accepted that the name was of Celtic origin and meant place belonging to a man called *Londinos; this explanation has since been rejected. Richard Coates put forward an explanation in 1998 that it is derived from the pre-Celtic Old European lowonida, meaning 'river too wide to ford', and suggested that this was a name given to the part of the River Thames which flows through London; from this, the settlement gained the Celtic form of its name, *Lowonidonjon. Until 1889 the name officially only applied to the City of London but since then it has also referred to the County of London and now Greater London."


With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar or Here. This week we are looking for words beginning with L.

34 comments:

George said...

Thanks for giving us a tour of London. I have been there once and really enjoyed the city. Your pictures brought back many happy memories.

Anya said...

Altijd leuk weekendje Londen :-)
Bedankt voor de rondrit !!!!!

En ook lekker aan t genieten van het zonnetje vandaag :)))

Ji said...

dynamic,
outstanding post!

Ji said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/easter-sunday-awards-to-fill-your-basket/

Happy Belated Easter!
have fun for free stuff.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely photographs Wil. It is nice to be back in blogland - and to say thank you for your good wishes.

Vicki Lane said...

Love that header! And thanks for the tour!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous post as always, Wil! Love the tour! I've traveled over much of Europe,and Greece, but didn't make it to England/London or Ireland as I had hoped to. Your posts are the next best thing. And, yes, that's me and I am happy, thank you!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Carol said...

Great slide show! Some impressive architecture...

Riet said...

Londen is de heerlijkste stad van de wereld naast New York denk ik. Ik heb er vroeger .gewoond en gewerkt en als ik de foto's zie krijg ik heimwee. Wil er beslist gauw weer eens naar toe. Geweldig die slide show

RuneE said...

A very interesting post - I didn't know all that about the name, so I have learned something new from your post. Once again.

PS You must try the London Eye, if you haven't already!

Miss_Yves said...

J'ignorais l'étymologie de Londres/merci pour ce cours et pour la visite en images 5j'ai visité Làndres il y a si longtemps...)

RuneE said...

Thank you for the comments - you must give my regards to your daughter: She did a magnificent job, and I loved the tour in the Eye.

anthonynorth said...

Interesting facts on a city I've visited a lot - even lived in for a time.

Cloudia said...

Interesting. Hallelujah!



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Leslie: said...

What a LoveLy LittLe vacation I've just had visiting London...some places I've seen and some not. Thx so much! Loved it! :D

ρομπερτ said...

Never been to this city, it was for sure of interest to see and read about it. Thank you for sharing such a good "L". Please have a wonderful Wednesday.


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photowannabe said...

This is a place I would love to visit one day. I didn't know all thae information about the name. that's what makes blogging so interesting.

Etje said...

Had nooit gedacht dat ik op dit uur nog een tochtje door Londen zou maken ;-)

Marja said...

Very intersting information and you pictures of London are absolutely stunning. I saw part of it as we stayed in London for 4 days long time ago.

Denise said...

Great look around London, super photos. I was trying to remember the last time I was there. Probably about 15 years ago when I flew into Heathrow and caught the train down to Devon.

Nydia said...

I enjoyed this awesome tour, thank you for sharing!

Kisses from Nydia.

antigoni said...

I hope you had happy moments during Easter. My best wishes to you and your family.

Tumblewords: said...

Loving Lond(e)on!

dragonfly said...

Love you tour of Old Blighty, I may go home in May this year to visit the folks, that way it has a chance to warm up before my arrival!!

Hildred and Charles said...

Lots of interesting information about London. My mother's family came from Teddington and Hammersmith and that has prompted me to read Rutherfurd's London tome and other books on the history of this wonderful city. When we visited I would have liked to stay for months to explore.

dana said...

Always nice to learn something new about London! nice post.

Grace and Bradley said...

Love your series of photos of London. We lived in East Grinstead, south London for three years. It is still a favorite place for us to visit.

Etje said...

Hopelijk blijft het droog bij jou, hier is het spijtig genoeg al aan het regenen

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dragonfly! Thanks for your visit and comment. I am afraid I can't answer you on your blog. I have no access.

Roger Owen Green said...

The derivation of names are so so often far afield from the origins. Fascinating!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!- Ramblin' with Roger

Jay said...

Now that was truly fascinating! I hadn't even thought about where the word 'London' came from, but it is in fact rather odd, isn't it? And the explanation comes as late as 1998!! It all sounds very reasonable. 'A river too wide to ford' - well, that would fit the Thames, for sure!

Vagabonde said...

J’aime beaucoup Londres, c’est une ville très dynamique. La dernière fois ou j’y suis allée était in décembre 2002 juste après la mort de ma mère. Tous les vols de Paris à Atlanta étaient complets alors j’ai dû prendre le train pour Londres et après 2 jours j’ai trouvé un vol vers Atlanta la veille de Noël. Mais je ne connaissais pas la provenance du nom pour Londres ou London.

Anna said...

That was an interesting introduction. I would love to visit London -- anytime!
I am very late this week,
Anna

http://annasadornments.blogspot.com/2010/04/abcwednesday-round-6-alphabe-thursday-l.html

Dina said...

So many wonderful things to see.
I was only in London for a few hours between planes. So thanks for the tour.