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Place Name BRITAIN
TYPE: Region
USAGE: English
Meaning & History
From Britannia, the Latin name for the island of Great Britain, the land of the Britons. It derives from the name of the Britons, recorded in Greek in the 4th century BC as Πρεττανικη (Prettanike), and reconstructed as Proto-Brythonic *Priteni, possibly meaning "tattooed people".
Related Names
VARIANT: Brittany
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Britannia (Ancient Roman), Breizh (Breton), Bretagne (French), Bretagne, Britannien (German), Bretagna (Italian), Bretaigne (Medieval French), Bretaña (Spanish)