If you think we’ve finally lost our minds with that headline, it’s in fact a large village in Wales of the UK.
It’s Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for short, if you’re too scared to take on that thing in its entirety. The only thing more confusing? Actor Milla Jovovich’s surname.
The Meaning Behind the Welsh Fishing Village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
Remember that time Prince Charles presented the BBC weather? Well, this is much more complicated than that.
Even most Welsh people probably steer well clear of that one. Such is the vastness of its name.
Although weatherman Liam Dutton there in 2015 gets it bang on. That clip has 27 million views as a result. As one YouTube commenter was correct in stating:
“I bless the rains down in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”
So, yes, a little nod to Toto there and the song Africa. Duly noted.
Okay, the Welsh town name is in Welsh (yes, the country has an official language—along with English). And is 58 letters long. Translated it means:
“The church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave.”
Indeed. Apparently, the name was added to in 1869 to make it that massive. So as to give the village some clout in the UK.
The place is certainly ideal for those of us with curiosities in the world—Atlas Obscura defined, you know?
But seeing as it’s us, we’re also interested in the ridiculous long name for a village in the rather small country of Wales. Why that massive name? Why?
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is actually on the island of Anglesey, you get to it driving over the fetching Britannia Bridge.
The village is less than a two hour drive from our hometown of Manchester, so if we had a car (and there wasn’t coronavirus lockdown), we’d have gone there just for this blog post to document the location thoroughly. Honest.
But, we don’t have a car and there’s lockdown. So we didn’t go. Deal with it!
Long Place Names Across the World
Once that clip of the Welsh name went viral, human competition kicked in. And everyone started boasting of their massive place names.
In Canada, the city of Toronto tried to wade on in and own it. But was thoroughly smashed to bits by New Zealand.
Why? Thanks to this one, which we’ve decided to designate an entire line for itself. We don’t want to anger it, you see.
We also had to stick that preformatting box around it, otherwise the name flies off our screen into the border.
Similarly, for this blog title we can’t feature article the post as the massive Welsh village name surges off to the right across the entire site.
Anyway, from what we can tell on Google Maps for the NZ place, the nearest city is Palmerston North—on NZ’s North Island.
The place is a hill—a tourist destination, thanks to that enormous Māori name. But we can all call it Taumata for short, as that helps a bit.
Interesting over there, isn’t it? Whether it’s Pitcairn Island or a hill with 85 character titles, even the GREAT nation of the UK can’t match that.