Greetings from From the Cowford Island!

The clever people at Kalimedia have combined two of my favourite things, maps and etymology, to create the Atlas of True Names. What’s they’ve done is to translate place names into plain Anglo-Saxon English. I’m not sure how they came up with “Northland of the Home Ruler” for “Canada” (which is usually thought to derive from the Mohawk word for “village”), but I can definitely see how “Vancouver” means “From the Cowford.” I don’t think the tourism people will be putting that humble bit of trivia on the brochures.

Der Spiegel has an article on the atlas project with accompanying photo gallery. For a little taste, see if you can name this region? (Mouse over the image for a hint, click for the answer.)

More pretzels!

via Dark Roasted Blend


4 comments on “Greetings from From the Cowford Island!

  1. Mella DP says:

    I think “Northland of the Home Ruler” would actually be North America, but regardless, this is incredible. I think I know someone who needs this as a gift.

  2. Sylvia says:

    Ah, that would explain it. Thanks, Mella!

  3. Stefanie says:

    Oh that's fun! Frankford and Black Forest kind of gave away the answer πŸ™‚

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