Place Name BRITAIN

TYPE: Region
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: BRI-tən  [details]

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".
VARIANT: Brittany
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Britannia (Ancient Roman), Breizh (Breton), Bretagne (French), Bretagne, Britannien (German), Bretagna (Italian), Bretaigne (Medieval French), Bretaña (Spanish)
Entry updated December 8, 2017