How Did England Get its Name, What Does England Mean In Latin, and Where Did the Name Originate?

The country of England got its name from a Germanic tribe that migrated there in the fifth century AD.

These Germans called themselves Anguls or Anglas, which became Angles around the fourteenth century.

The Angle invaders called their new home Land of the Angles or Engla Land, which through time became England.

The German invaders called themselves Anguls because they were from a district in Schleswig that was shaped like a fishing hook.

Angul was derived from the Latin angulus, meaning “corner,” which originated in an earlier Indo-European word ank, or “to bend,” which had given the district and the people that name.

The word angling, as in “fishing,” also comes from the Latin angulus and was a reference to a “bent” fish hook.

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