GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: BRIT-nee, BRIT-ə-nee  [details]

Meaning & History

From the name of the region in the northwest of France, called in French Bretagne. It was named for the Britons who settled there after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the invasions of the Anglo-Saxons. As a given name, it first came into common use in America in the 1970s.


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Entry updated October 20, 2016