why do the english call deutschland germany

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The name Deutschland and the other similar-sounding names above are derived from the Old High German diutisc, or similar variants from Proto-Germanic *цeudiskaz, which originally meant "of the people". This in turn comes from a Germanic word meaning "folk" (leading to Old High German diot, Middle High German diet ), and was used to differentiate between the speakers of Germanic languages and those who spoke Celtic or Romance languages. These words come from *teuta, the Proto-Indo-European word for "people" (Lithuanian tauto, Old Irish tuath, Old English цeod ). The name Germany and the other similar-sounding names above are derived from the Latin Germania, of the 3rd century BC, a word of uncertain origin. The name appears to be a Gaulish term, and there is no evidence that it was ever used by the Germanic tribes themselves.


Julius Caesar was the first to use Germanus in writing when describing tribes in north-eastern Gaul in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico ; he records that four northern Belgic tribes, namely, the Condrusi, Eburones, Caeraesi and Paemani, were collectively known as Germani. In 98, Tacitus wrote Germania (the Latin title was actually: De Origine et situ Germanorum ), an ethnographic work on the diverse set of Germanic tribes outside the Roman Empire. Unlike Caesar, Tacitus claims that the name Germani was first applied to the Tungri tribe. It should be noted that English does have the word Dutch, coming from the same source as Deutsch. It's just that nowadays it refers to, well, Dutch, rather than German. See Dutch late 14c. , used first of Germans generally, after c. 1600 of Hollanders, from M. Du. duutsch, from O. H. G. duit-isc, corresponding to O. E. цeodisc "belonging to the people," used especially of the common language of Germanic people, from цeod "people, race, nation," from P. Gmc. *theudo "popular, national" (see Teutonic ), from PIE base *teuta- "people" (cf.


O. Ir. tuoth "people," O. Lith. tauta "people," O. Prus. tauto "country," Oscan touto "community"). As a language name, first recorded as L. theodice, 786 C. E. in correspondence between Charlemagne's court and the Pope, in reference to a synodical conference in Mercia; thus it refers to Old English. First reference to the German language (as opposed to a Germanic one) is two years later. The sense was extended from the language to the people who spoke it (in German, Diutisklant, ancestor of Deutschland, was in use by 13c. ). Sense narrowed to "of the Netherlands" in 17c. , after they became a united, independent state and the focus of English attention and rivalry.


In Holland, duitsch is used of the people of Germany. The M. E. sense survives in Pennsylvania Dutch, who immigrated from the Rhineland and Switzerland. This Week s Theme is New to /r/AskHistorians? Please read our and before posting! Upvote informative, well sourced answers Downvote and Report The Rules, in Brief 1. : No Racism, Bigotry, or Offensive Behavior. 2. Nothing Less Than, and. 3. Ask, with. 4. Write, and, Using. 5. Provide If Asked. No Tertiary Sources Like. 6. Serious On-Topic Comments Only:, or other. 7. Comments That Break or. Our have detailed knowledge of their historical specialty and a proven record of excellent contributions to. To nominate someone else as a Quality Contributor,. Feature posts are posted weekly. The current rotation is: ( (

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