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What does Bordeaux mean ?

Question submitted by Yvan Duvant

Bordeaux in itself means nothing. Although a simplistic view would be that Bordeaux means "the side of the water".

- Bord means river bank, sea shore
- Eaux means water
- Bordeaux is close to the Atlantic Ocean, in an estuary.

However a more realistic meaning has to be found in the history of the city.

Indeed Bordeaux is the name of the main city in the region.

The city was founded by Celts. They named it : "Burdigala" which could mean "Bourg des Gaels" and could be translated into "City of the Celts".

Later on the name evolved into Bordale, Bordeu and then Bordeaux.

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