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Lechia & Lach - alternative names of Poland & Pole

Babylon 16 | 192  
4 Jan 2007 /  #1
Lechia is the historical and/or alternative name of Poland , still present in several European languages: Lenkija in the Lithuanian language, Lengyelország in the Hungarian language, Lehastan in the Armenian language, Lehistan in the Turkish language and Lechistan in some Central Asian and Middle Eastern languages such as Persian.


The name originate from tribe Lędzianie [ędzianie], while the most common known name Poland (Polonia) comes from tribe Polanie []. This name is widely used in Western post Soviet countries like: Ukraine (You can see this names in movie: Ogniem i mieczem). Many peoples think that name has a insult meaning, like Polish speaks about Germans as Szwaby. Well i wrote this that many even in Poland don't know this and this is quite interesting.

Pamiętaj Lasze, że po San nasze - Remember Lach ..........

this is a Ukrainian proverb about claiming the territory that what is to the river San is Ukrainian's land.

So Lachia means Poland and Lach means Pole - this is good to know that if you don't know it yet.
Eurola 4 | 1,906  
4 Jan 2007 /  #2
Yeah! Strachy to nie na Lachy. Lachy know no fear
bossie 1 | 123  
6 Jan 2007 /  #3
These names are rather historical than alternative. Suppose they come from Lech, the legendary founder of Poland. They're not used any more.
Moralny 1 | 60  
6 Jan 2007 /  #4
this is good to know that if you don't know it yet

:) I am under the impression, I now know the orgin of polish beer Lech, kidding :) now it before, everybody know the story of Lech, Czech and Ruch, przyszedl Ruch i wszystkich wyruchal, dlatego Polacy have no beells and Czech have no beels since the Middle Ages, did You know It? It;s good to know
OP Babylon 16 | 192  
7 Jan 2007 /  #5
Lędzianie were called Lachy
paul pawlowski  
25 Oct 2007 /  #6
Thank you for alternative name for Poland.
I thought Polska is of Pole - a field.
-- p.p.
Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
13 Nov 2007 /  #7
Lechites or Lekhites (Polish: Lechici) - name for some tribes of West Slavs whose shared quality was the usage of the Lechitic languages.

west slav

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