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Type Settlement
Usage Welsh
Other Forms FormsLlanfairpwllgwyngyll, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Llanfairpwll, Llanfair PG, Pwllgwyngyll, Llanfair y Pwllgwyngyll

Meaning & History

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a large village and local government community on the island of Anglesey, Wales, on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. Both shortened (Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG) forms of the placename are used in various contexts.

At the 2011 Census, the population was 3,107, of whom 71% could speak Welsh. It is the sixth-largest settlement on the island by population.

The long form of the name, with 58 characters split into 18 syllables, is purported to be the longest place name in Europe and the second-longest one-word place name in the world.

The full name of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch was created largely for promotional reasons, so its railway station would have the longest sign in the country in the mid-1800s. It means “The church of St. Mary in the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio’s of the red cave.”
Added 3/19/2021 by I like old names