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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch

translation:

St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool
and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

The breakdown of the town's name below, with a translation of the Welsh words used, will enable you to see how the town was named.

LLANFAIRpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

LLANFAIR : St Mary's Church
The Welsh "Llan" originally meant "an enclosed piece of land", which came to mean "parish", and, by association, "church" over time. Mostly it is followed by the name of a saint, in this particular instance St Mary. You have probably noticed many, many places in Wales begin with "Llan", as do quite a number on Ynys Môn.

LlanfairPWLLgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

PWLL : The Welsh for "hollow"

LlanfairpwllGWYNgyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

GWYN : Welsh for "white"

LlanfairpwllgwynGYLLgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

GYLL : From the Welsh for "hazel" i.e. "collen"

LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgoGERychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

GER : Welsh for "near" or "by"

LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogeryCHWYRNdrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

CHWYRN : Welsh for "rapid"

LlanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrnDROBWYLL-llantysiliogogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

DROBWYLL : From the Welsh word "trobwll" meaning "whirlpool"

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-LLANTYSILIOgogogoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

LLANTYSILIO : "llan" as before, meaning "church" and St Tysilio

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogOGOgoch
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

OGO : From the Welsh word "ogof" meaning "cave"

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogoGOCH
St Mary's Church in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave

GOCH : Welsh for "red"

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