Well quite a lot actually.


  • Is the medieval and late Latin name for England.
  • Is a name for the eastern part of England, more commonly, and more accurately, known as East Anglia and, one of the kingdoms of the Heptarchy (Heptarchy: is a collective name applied to the supposed seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of south, east, and central Great Britain during late antiquity and the early Middle Ages which eventually unified into the Kingdom of England.)
  • Is a name of various models of car built by the Ford Motor Company in the UK from 1939 to 1967

Some say that the car Ford launched just after Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, was named the Ford Anglia for patriotic reasons. Whatever the reasons for Ford using the name Anglia, by 1968 it was decided that maybe it was not the right name for the 105E’s successor. As the replacement for the 105E was going to be a true European Car, Ford decided that the name Anglia may be a bit too patriotic, so a change of name was needed, and the Escort was born.

This little nugget of information made some of the newspapers of the time.

Quebec Chronicle and Telegraph - 17th January 1968
The Quebec Chronicle and Telegraph of 17th January 1968 ran this following article.
Montreal Gazette - 18th January 1968
The Montreal Gazette of 18th January 1968 ran this following article.


A Ford Media 2008 Presskit for the 40th Anniversary of the Ford Escort also contained the following Paragraph.

Originally, the Escort was planned to continue the Anglia name, but it was felt to be too “British” and Escort was adopted instead.


Anglia name on early Escort

So there you have it.
The Escort: an Anglia in all but name!