Warneton, Belgium

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Warneton (in Dutch Waasten, in Picard Varnetån or Warneuton) is a section of the Belgian municipality of Comines-Warneton in Wallonia in the province of Hainaut. It was a municipality of its own until the 1977 merger of Belgian municipalities.

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Etymology

1007 Uuarnasthun, 1065 Uuarnestun, 1104 Guarnestun

Farm (Saxon thun, Germanic *tûna, "enclosure") of Warin, a Saxon and Frankish anthroponym (Saxon settlement set up in the Merovingian era).

History

Cut away from Ploegsteert in 1850, it was transferred from the province of West Flanders to the province of Hainaut, in 1963. Since that date its minority Dutch-speaking inhabitants have benefitted from language facilities.

Coordinates: 50°45′N02°57′E / 50.750°N 2.950°E / 50.750; 2.950