Franks was just another way to describe French people. The Dutch are Britons, they are not Franks or French. They also have been where they are since the Roman period. The oldest form of English is found on the Dutch coast.
The Dutch are a west Germanic people. (Native) Britons are Celtic, Anglo-Saxons are also west Germanic.Franks was just another way to describe French people. The Dutch are Britons, they are not Franks or French. They also have been where they are since the Roman period. The oldest form of English is found on the Dutch coast.
Franks is the name of the people before French appeared. The Kings of France were styled King of the Franks until the High Middle Ages, when the Kingdom of France emerged.
Last edited by Azgraal; 2012-12-06 at 03:21 AM.
There, shows the ethnic makeup of Europe, it should help the discussion.
I don't know, I think it makes sense to pronounce something in a way you actually can pronounce it... Otherwise, good luck with our town Scheveningen or Den Haag (Den Hague as you'd write it in English)...
Or even better, have a go at these (and no cheating with dictionaries okay?)
or anything else in character writing for that matter... These are just Japanese ones
I would like to add that USA's name is a description of how the country is organized (with "America" being the continent), it is quite easy to translate that name in any language (the same could be said for soviet Russia: cccp/ussr/urrs....).
Does this mean we can start calling Britain Albion again? Cause that name sounds all boss and medieval-y.
Oh and back on topic, the Netherlands is actually a pretty funny name since it is also in plural (if thats the right word). This is for a similar reason as the US, because everything used to be city states. Our first king for instance, used to be a "keeper of the city" for the Spaniards. We eventually kicked their ass and stole their gold so we were to unite into 1 country. And later Belgium would be made because we didn't want to live with those crazies .
And then you may ask where Holland came from. There are actually 2 provinces in the Netherlands called Holland (north and south) and these in history were the most important for trade since they were connected to the sea. I derives from Holt which means wood in very old Dutch. But this is still a little bit disputed though most people do feel it has nothing to do with hollow which is "hol" in Dutch.
Last edited by Bolson13; 2012-12-06 at 11:04 AM.
“Worse than a feud with the Anglo-Saxons can only be a friendship with them.” - Alexej Jedrichin–Wandram
日本 - Rising Sun
中国 - Middle Country/Land
東京 - East Capital
北京 - North Capital
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No (and who's 'he'), we were talking about where the name France came from. I said its Francia.So yeah, but he asks something else. Why English call it France.