Snowdonia National Park Authority has voted to refer to Wales' highest mountain, which attracts more than 400,000 walkers a year, by its Welsh name. The decision came after thousands of people signed a petition calling for the change.
Rather than Snowdon and Snowdonia, the mountain and mountain range will now be referred to as Yr Wyddfa and Eryri. The authority said that it took "decisive action" after more than 5,000 signed a petition calling for action to be taken.
The motion to stop using the English names had been put forward in April by Gwynedd councillor John Pughe Roberts. The park's head of cultural heritage Naomi Jones said that Welsh place names were part of Eryri's "special qualities", and added that many public bodies already used the Welsh names.
She told BBC Wales: "By referring to our most renowned landmarks by their Welsh names, we give people from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the Welsh language and its rich culture. This is very encouraging and gives us confidence that this change in the authority's approach will be accepted for the benefit of the Welsh language and as a mark of respect to our cultural heritage."
The park was already using Welsh names on the English versions of publications and digital communications, a process it will continue as materials are updated. "This will enable all to familiarise themselves with the new policy and to continue to be able to access the information they need," park authorities said.
It might not be the only change on the horizon. Wales will consider changing its name to Cymru on the international stage after the World Cup. Cymru - the Welsh name for Wales - is already used by the Football Association of Wales in its internal and external communications and by staff at the governing body's headquarters in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The FAW plans to speak to various stakeholders in Welsh football about the merit of changing the country's name in international competition, while the PA news agency can reveal informal discussions have already been held with UEFA on the subject. Read more here.
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