Did you know that the name Pajottenland only dates from the 19th century. It comes from Payot. which was originally the Walloon name for a soldier from his own region, in contrast to the strange Austrian soldiers. The word is a derivation of the region. The word Pajottenland was coined by the Lennik lawyer Frans-Joseph De Gronckel. He used the word Pajottenland, under the pseudonym Franciscus Josephus Twyfelloos, in a romantic and playful writing published in the first half of the 19th century. He first mentioned the name Pajottenland in a newspaper serial in 1845. As a result, he not only created a name for this region, but also an individuality and self-awareness.


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