Place Name BRITTANY

TYPE: Region
USAGE: English

Meaning & History

From Britannia (see BRITAIN). This is the name of a region in northwestern France, so called because many Britons settled there after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. It had earlier been called Armorica. In the Middle Ages it was sometimes called Britannia Minor to distinguish it from the island of Great Britain. In French, both the island and the region are called Bretagne.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Britannia (Ancient Roman), Breizh (Breton), Bretagne (French), Bretagne, Britannien (German), Bretagna (Italian), Bretaigne (Medieval French), Bretaña (Spanish)