Llanfairpwllgwynllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a village on the island of Anglesey. What does it mean?

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As you say, this is a village on the Welsh island of Anglesey.  The name is mostly a made up one.  Thie village did not originally have such a long name.  Instead, much of the name was made up so that the village would have a very long name and could gain publicity through having that name.

The name itself is said to mean "St Mary's Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of St. Tysilio with a red cave."

The name was not totally made up.  The village already had a pretty long name, which was--and still is--Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll.   That part of the name meant "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel."


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