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Wagonlitz

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... the names of Wallachia and Wallonia are originally Anglo-Saxon?!
It could be a Germanic root. Wallonia is next to a Germanic language area and Wallachia was until 60 years ago.
 

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... the names of Wallachia and Wallonia are originally Anglo-Saxon?!
Not Anglo-Saxon, but still the same Germanic root, *walhaz, used in various contexts to refer to Romance-speaking or Celtic-speaking peoples.
 
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OK... so is Wallis the same thing? Swiss Germans referring to their Arpitan neighbours?
That one happens not to be; the name ultimately comes from Latin Vallis Poenina.
 
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Other cognates are Welschtirol (the Austrian word for Trentino) and Włochy (the Polish word for Italy) .
That Polish name is really strange. Both for Polish not being Germanic and also for Poland not bordering Italy.
 

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