Monday, 27 December 2010

Cymru @ Wales

Even after nearly 200 posts inside "From Terengganu to Cymru", I do think that there might be some readers out there don't have a clear understanding of what Cymru is. After all, it has been 1 year and 22 days since I last wrote about what is Cymru (here). Let me elaborate more about Cymru or Wales in this post.

Theoretically there are 4 kingdoms inside United Kingdom. They are the kingdom of England, the kingdom of Wales, the kingdom of Scotland, and the kingdom of Northern Ireland. Even so, all four kingdoms usually omit the use of the word kingdom before the country and just use the country name alone, thus, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. As shown in the image at the start of the post, Wales (marked in light green) is geographically in the middle of all of the United Kingdom.

Each country in UK has their own language, English for England, Welsh for Wales, Gaeilge for Ireland and Scots for Scotland, however all of them can speak English fluently and English is the lingua franca for the whole of UK. In the recent years, Wales has been starting to improve and promote the usage of Welsh language in Wales. This movement have been active in the northern part of Wales where there are now big percentage of Welsh speaking community compared to Southern Wales.

Welsh people has a common surname such as Jones, Williams, Davies, Evans, Thomas, Roberts and Hughes. Another way to spot a Welsh through their name is the usage of double L or double F in their name (e.g. Ffiona, Lloyds, Ffanci, Llyr). Among famous people with Welsh descendants are Catherine-Zeta Jones, Tom Jones, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. (Correct me if I'm wrong)

I think that is enough for now... Maybe I will continue writing about Wales again later (next year?)

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