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The many names of Germany by Arminius1871 The many names of Germany by Arminius1871
Germany is the country with the most different names in foreign languages.
It´s named after:

Deutsch         (from old german thiudisk/ diutisc = people/ like the people): Deutschland, Duitsland, Däitschland, Tyskland...
Allemannen    (southwestern germanic tribe): Allemagne, Alemania, Alemanha, Almanya....
Germanien     (ancient name for Germany): Germany, Germania, Germanija...
Sachsen         (northwestern tribe, that moved later eastwards): Saksa, Saksamaa...
Nemets          (westslavic and hungaryan word for people who don´t talk like us): Niemcy, Nemecko, Németország...
Vagoth           (baltic name for an germanic tribe, but this theory is not sure): Vacija, Vokietija

Some asian examples:

Japan: Doitsu (from Deutsch)
China: 德国 Deguo ( land of virtues); there is also a direct translation: "德意志"(Pinyin: Deyizhi) "Virtue and strong mind"
Korean: Dogil (from Deutsch)
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Why does Germany have so many names?

Because not many nations changed its shape as often as this state in the center of Europe.
It was often splittered in many parts, sometimes the neighbours had only contact to one tribe
of them and it needed really long until a national feeling could be created.

There is also a confusing thing with the english name for it.

We call our ancestors and our ancient region Germanien (territory) and Germanen (ancestors),
but in the early middleage had to find a new name to separate ourselves from the romanic speaking
people, so the word for "being like the people/ speaking like the people" was used more and more
and so we started to call our nation Deutschland and not Germanien anymore. The english people however
never changed the name for us in all that time.

The French just named us after the closest living tribe, the Alemannen, while they already overtook the name
of the germanic Franken for themselves.

Italy kept the latin name Germania.

The Slavs who met Germans couldn´t understand them, so they used their word for this situation to name
the whole german people after it. The Hungaryans overtook that word, but it has no special meaning in
their language and just means German.

The Finnish and estonian people have overtaken the name of the saxon tribe.

The rest of the world mostly overtook the name from the nation that colonized it, that´s why
some states conquered by France or Spain call us also Alemania or Allemagne,
and english conquered states call us Germany/ Germania etc.

There is no other state in the world with such a variety of different names in other languages.
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Clawfiren Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017   General Artist
In Asturias it is called Alemaña, which sounds like Alimaña (a word used for harmful animals) :XD:
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
AHAHAH we are harmful animals take care XD
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Ryzhij-Kot Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
I`d like to add, that Nemets  for Germans and Germany is not only westslavic. That is how in russian language Germany is Germania but germans are still nemets/nemtsy. 
It`s interesting, because "Nem" from slavic languages means mute, silent, speechless, dumb. So Slavic people just call Nemets any strange-speaking foreigner from the West. But somehow it changed to only Germany and germans.

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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016
How rude of them XD
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KekelMounten Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My god i love etymologies.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
Me too I will do more in future maybe XD
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KekelMounten Featured By Owner May 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the "Deutsch" type names the best.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 7, 2016
The one coming from german are cool too^^
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Fusyke Featured By Owner May 23, 2015
in romania also germans are sayed nemti, mostly in transylvania
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
Yeah the Szekler for sure!
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JRBeeler Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Then you have the Dine/Navajo "Béésh Bich’ahii Bikéyah", which refers to the steel helmets worn by German soldiers, and the Lakota "Iyášiča Makȟóčhe", referring to immigrants from Germany to the Northern Plains, who often spoke English poorly.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
I heard about the steel helmets, weren´t indian soldiers used to code messages?^^
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felneymike Featured By Owner May 2, 2015
Japan did once have kanji names for other countries, maybe Germany had one, but they're not very often used these days. I know Britain / England (they are kind of confused about our status haha) is Igirisu, but the kanji name is Eikoku ("brilliant country"), and Amerika in kanji is Beikoku, or "rice country". Russia's letters seem to mean "dew country". Also China is "middle country", but I think the Koreans get a letter to themselves, so are "Korea country" XD.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Oh didnt know sounds cool^^

In Chinese we are "The Land of virtues" ^^
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
The Korean pronunciation of Deutscland doesn't even similar with the Original one.

TRUST ME, because I am a South Korean.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Yes ik^^ But it must be derived from sth.
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015
NO, they'd rather wrote it as 도이췰란트.

Cause it is perfectly match with the name, Deutschland.
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Xenom54 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
well, anyways i dont know how much relation there is between Deutschesland, Niemcy, and Alemania
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someone1fy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Well...
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Xenom54 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Well...................
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SirKokosnuss Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Die Finnen sprechen von Sachsen - gefällt mir!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Ja die hatten wohl Kontakt zu denen irgendwann^^
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SirKokosnuss Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Und die Sachsen sind ja eigentlich auch die "Ur-Germanen" und haben Britannien besiedelt!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
Nicht nur wir hatten viele germanische Urstämme :P
Aber die Sachsen waren schon immer extrem wichtig
und ich finde Widukind ist von ihnen der beeindruckenste Held **
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Hyginustus Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student
nice
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
In Moldova it's "Germania" just like in Romania, not "Germaniya" ))) :P
Where did you find that "version" ?
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Oh really? Wtf did they give me for infos XD
I´ll correct it later don´t worry^^
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kazi2000 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Photographer
Interesting concept for a map. There are indeed a lot of names for Germany. And then you add names for groups of Germans (like the Ostdeutschen) and the number goes up! Cool idea!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Thanks a lot, yes it´s so interesting and my to do list seems endless XD
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Photographer
Good luck with it!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting, i didn't know many of these names, the Scandinavians call Germany ''Tyskland''. Is that how they pronounce Deutschland or is that another word?!
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Yep it comes directly from Deutschland^^ And I think it sounds great.
Remember, our word "deutsch" comes from oldgermanic "thiudisk",
which sounds very similar to tysk.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, i didn't know where the word Deutsch comes from, it sounds cool indeed. But i guess my favorite would be Saksa, cause Saxons are my favorite ancient Germanic tribe! Btw thx 4 the infos^^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Yes Sachsen are cool **
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Razielus91 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's funny that western Slavs have similar language and non of them was capable to communicate with Tyskland XD (and now you have one Tusk in Brussels).
Hungarians took this word because like on many different occasions they were largely influenced by Slavs
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
Not only influenced, genetically most Hungaryans are Slavs that were just magyarisized^^
I read about it, they´re only 10-15% uralic people, most of them are only hungaryan speaking
Slavs and a bit Germanics.
They´re the bridge between West and South Slavs.
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Razielus91 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... personally I think that history will be always partially unknown
Sources show different things (because their authors sometimes made mistakes)
It's possible (especially during that time when many ethic groups met each other (and mix) but who knows ;)
At least we can be sure that they have traveled a long distance  
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
Yes but today organisations like igenea can prove which genetical background the peoples have,
once I made a test and now I know my fathers and mothers genetical line^^
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Razielus91 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I know - though they are a little bit expensive for me right now (It will cost me my monthly salary) but sooner or later I'm sure I will make it. (why not) :)


Though to be honest the whole "race" I rather see like Mussolini did " Race? It is a feeling, not a reality. Ninety-five per cent, at least. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today.… National pride has no need of the delirium of race. "
As long as we're pride of our nationality - it's fine ;)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Would be interesting^^ Tell me if u ever make it.

Of course, as long as the whole ethnicity isn´t replaced completely, all is fine.
I mean I completely accept the non-germanic elements of the german ethnicity,
we are also made of celts, slavs and romans, no doubt. But there must be a certain basis,
where u can say this is a German, this is a Japanese, this is a Turk.
And the typicall look for us, is the light pigmented central european type.

Slavs are not very different, but the face is different, you can usually see it.
As once a French told me, while French/ mediterranean in his region have a more
round head, it seems germanics like me have a longer head form.
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Razielus91 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure I will ;)
Though I must admit that cost of this "operation" is quite high

That's my point. After so many wars/migrations all nations and ethnic groups left their mark everywhere
Nevertheless after all these ages we're one European family
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MrTumulus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I prefer the Navajo & Lakota terms: Béésh Bich’ahii Bikéyah ("Metal Cap-wearer Land") &  Iyášiča Makȟóčhe ("Bad Speaker Land")
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Wtf XD Metal cap wearer land lol, but the bad speaker land is mean,
they shall look at their own words before offending others lol :P
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DerVulf Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Vagoth/Valagoth = goths that stayed home.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Maybe they did not stay home all the time or trade, so the Baltics
can hear that name XD
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DerVulf Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, when I say "Stayed at home", I of course mean that they stuck around the baltic coast and on the Scandinavian peninsula.

Anyhow, nice map mate.
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No1re Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Its Německo with proper diacritics.
And there is slang term for Germans - "Skopčáci" literally "Downhillers" because they were coming down from hills to towns selling their products.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
AHAHA really XD that´s awesome
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PrincessElemix Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
You forgot the name 'Teutons/Teutonic'.
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