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1: Anglo Saxon Language Mrs.Sumner 1st Period Chris Lloyd

2: Where did the Anglo Saxon Language come from? Bede tells us that the Anglo Saxons came from Germania.He used that term as the romans had used it, to refer to a vast and ill-defined territory east of the Rhine and north of the Danube.

3: The language spoken by the inhabitants of Germania were a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, which linguists believe developed from a single language spoken five thousand years ago in an early area that has never been identified.

4: When the Saxons invaders came to this country in the fifth and sixth centuries they brought with their own language. Although they did not kill all the native Britons they did almost destroy their language with their own Germanic tongue. With the new language, of course came new place names,many of which survive to the present day. The existing settlements were not destroyed, but the Saxons found the names difficult to pronounce so they renamed them in their own language.

5: They also introduced many new names as they founded new settlements. These can be identified from particular name elements such asO.N. bekkr meaning brook.

6: Although much of our modern language comes from the language of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings, very few Christian names do. There are a few, such as Alfred, Agatha, Cuthbert,Edgar, Edmund, and Edward from the Anglo Saxons and a few, such as Erik, Freda, Jon, Karl and Neil from the Vikings, but most Anglo Saxon and Viking names sound very strange to modern ears, names such as Offa, Wulfstan, Godwin and Gudrun. | However, when you look at Surnames, there is much more evidence of our Saxon and Viking past.Although the Anglo Saxons did not have surnames in the same way that we do today, they distinguished between two people with the same name by adding either the place they came from or the job they did to their first name, for example a women named Edith who lived in the townof Blackburn would be known as Edith of Blackburn or Edith Blackburn.

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