Walsall began as a small Saxon village. It is first mentioned in the early 11th century. The name Walsall may be derived from the words Walh halh, which means Celt’s valley. In the 5th century AD, Celts lived in England but Saxons from Germany invaded. During the 6th century, they pushed westward and conquered the Celts. Perhaps Walsall was a valley or nook of land where Celts lived. Alternatively, it may have been a halh or small valley belonging to a Saxon called Walla.