An­gle­sey’s Name

Landscape (UK) - - History And Heritage -

The roots of the is­land’s Welsh name, Ynys Môn, are some­thing of a mys­tery. Ynys sim­ply means is­land. But the mean­ing or iden­tity of Môn are un­clear. The Ro­mans knew it as Mona, the Sax­ons as Monez. But if this was a per­son, their iden­tity has been lost over time. The English name de­rives from Old Norse. It could mean ei­ther ngullsey, hooked is­land, or nglisey, ngli’s is­land. No char­ac­ter by the name of ngli has ever been traced, how­ever.

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