Did the name Brittany, Britain and other Celtic lands renamed, comes from Britannicus, the son of Claudius?


Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, usually called Britannicus, was the son of Roman emperor Claudius and his third wife Valeria Messalina. Wikipedia Born: February 12, 41 AD, Rome, Italy Died: February 11, 55 AD, Rome, ItalyHouse: Julio-Claudian dynastyParents: Claudius, MessalinaSiblings: Claudia Octavia

Some say the names Brittany, Britain is older than Britannicus, the son of Claudius. That Julius Casear named the regions for a mystery woman he fell in love with. A woman who supposedly lived somewhere between Rome and Gaul. It’s believe she lived in Gaul’s northwesternmost region, is a hilly peninsula extending out toward the Atlantic Ocean. Its lengthy, rugged coastline is dotted with beach resorts such as chic Dinard and walled Saint-Malo, built on rock in the English (Englaland) Channel. The Pink Granite Coast is famed for its unusual, blush-hued sand and rocks. Brittany is known for its abundant prehistoric menhirs (a type of megalith).

Englaland is not misspelled. It’s old English.

I have researched and found no woman but that’s not uncommon for he probably kept the affair a secret to protect her if he loved her enough to name a region for her. Julius Casear wives where empresses and could’ve ordered the death of the woman. His three Roman wives: Cornelia-m. 84 BC–69 BC, Pompeia-m. 67 BC–61 BC, Calpurnia-m. 59 BC–44 BC are the just the Roman wives. These thee wives did not include foreign wives like Cleo and many other queens and princesses. So, it a probable story as to where the name Britain came from.

Sorry, to burst anyone’s bubble, but most likely Britain that later became England was named after Brittany not the other way around. For the pre-Casear Roman conquerors reached Gaul long before they reached Albion (earlier name for England), Ereland (earlier name for Ireland) and (Caledonia) Scotland.

By the way: No one knows for sure what the ancient Scots called themselves. Some say they called themselves Egyptians since the legend of their maternal ancestry is rooted in Egypt. The name Scotland comes from an Egyptian princess. Yes, the old world is far more interwoven than modern man want to believe.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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6 Responses to Did the name Brittany, Britain and other Celtic lands renamed, comes from Britannicus, the son of Claudius?

  1. Shelia Toro says:

    Hello there, I found your blog via Google whilst looking for a similar subject on France. I used to think Brittany was in Britain until reading your post. Silly me. I’m gonna be careful from now and on. No more assuming Brussels is merely the name of a vegetable. I will be grateful if you continue educational posts in future. Many others can be benefited from your writing.

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  2. Alisha says:

    Britain, Brittany and all was named for an emperor long before Britannicus Caesar. His name was Britannicus for whom Britannicus Caesar was named for. I don’t remember what year Britannicus lived or which numbered emperor he was, but Rome was pretty old by the time Caesar came on the scene. It was found April 21, 753 BC and many of the conquests were already in motion before Julius Caesar was emperor. The Caesars are far from the first emperors of Rome. They are the most famous.

    On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM

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  3. You make an interesting and thought-provoking case here

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