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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 & CulturesBritannia Ancient Roman Breizh Breton Bretagne French Bretagne, Britannien German Bretagna Italian Bretaigne Medieval French Bretaña Spanish
Entry added October 20, 2016   Contribute