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Why do some countries call Germany "Alman" too?

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In Persia, Germany is called "Alaman". In Portugal it's called "Alemanha".

I know some other countries in the world call it 'Alman' too

Why the name changed?

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In Portugal it is called "Alemanha", not "Alman". It is that way because of the tribe living in that region of Europe, "Álamos"

Source: I'm Portuguese.

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I am from Iran. In Persian language, many words related to Europe are obtained from French language. In Iran we call Germany Alman just because this is the way it is pronounced in French. The first waves of Iranian students in Europe studied in France universities. Also, notice that previously French language was more international than English.


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Why do some countries call Germany "Alman" too?

up vote 14 down vote

In Persia, Germany is called "Alaman". In Portugal it's called "Alemanha".

I know some other countries in the world call it 'Alman' too

Why the name changed?


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In Portugal it is called "Alemanha", not "Alman". It is that way because of the tribe living in that region of Europe, "Álamos"

Source: I'm Portuguese.

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So good that you are from Portugual, I am from Iran too :) - Kermani Aug 24 '14 at 11:28

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