Type Region & Political Subdivision
Scripts Γαλατία(Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

From the Greek word for the Gaulish people Γαλάτης (Galates), probably a cognate of Latin Gallus (see Gallia). This was the Greek name for the region of Gaul. It was also used to refer to a region in Anatolia (modern Turkey) where Gauls settled in the 3rd century BC.

In Latin (and subsequently English), this word was borrowed from Greek to refer only to the region in Anatolia. This was the name of a province of the Roman Empire.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesGalatien, Gallien(German) Gallia(Greek) Galazia, Gallia(Italian) Galácia(Portuguese) Galacia, Galia(Spanish) Galatya(Turkish)
Entry added January 21, 2022