Welwyn (population 8,425) is a town and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England. The parish also includes the villages of Digswell as well as Oaklands. It is in some cases called Old Welwyn to distinguish it from the much more recent settlement of Welwyn Garden City, about a mile to the south, though some locals do not like the idea of inability or irrelevance that often tends to be indicated by the moniker "Old" as well as like Welwyn Town. When saying where they live, citizens will typically be asked, 'Welwyn or Welwyn Garden City?', as the latter's title is often reduced to just Welwyn. To prevent complication, there were strategies to transform Welwyn's name to 'Welwyn Minster' in 1990 yet this met with local resistance and the concept was deserted. The name is stemmed from Old English welig meaning "willow", describing the trees that nestle on the banks of the River Mimram as it moves through the village. The name itself is a development from weligun, the dative form of words, and so is much more specifically equated as "at the willows", unlike neighboring Willian which is most likely to imply simply "the willows". Through having its name derived from welig instead of sealh (the extra frequently mentioned Old English word for willow), Welwyn is perhaps cognate with Heligan in Cornwall whose name is derived from helygen, the Cornish word for willow that shares an origin with welig. The nearby contemporary town of Digswell (around Welwyn North railway station) was initially called 'High Welwyn' when initial established at the beginning of the 20th century.