What does Brittany mean?

Definitions for Brittany
ˈbrɪt n ibrit·tany

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bretagne, Brittany, Breiznoun

    a former province of northwestern France on a peninsula between the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay


  1. Brittanynoun

    A region in North West France.

  2. Brittanynoun

    popular in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s. By folk etymology sometimes taken to mean "Britain".

  3. Etymology: From Brittania, Brittania Minor, presumably from Celtic. "Great Britain" was Brittania Major.


  1. Brittany

    Brittany (; French: Bretagne [bʁətaɲ] (listen); Breton: Breizh, pronounced [bʁɛjs] or [bʁɛx]; Gallo: Bertaèyn [bəʁtaɛɲ]) is a peninsula, historical country and cultural area in the west of modern France, covering the western part of what was known as Armorica during the period of Roman occupation. It became an independent kingdom and then a duchy before being united with the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province governed as a separate nation under the crown. Brittany has also been referred to as Little Britain (as opposed to Great Britain, with which it shares an etymology). It is bordered by the English Channel to the north, Normandy to the northeast, eastern Pays de la Loire to the southeast, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its land area is 34,023 km2 (13,136 sq mi). Brittany is the site of some of the world's oldest standing architecture, home to the Cairn of Barnenez, the Tumulus Saint-Michel and others, which date to the early 5th millennium BC. Today, the historical province of Brittany is split among five French departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d'Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the northeast, Morbihan in the south and Loire-Atlantique in the southeast. Loire-Atlantique now belongs to the Pays de la Loire region while the other four departments make up the Brittany region. At the 2010 census, the population of historic Brittany was estimated to be 4,475,295. In 2017, the largest metropolitan areas were Nantes (934,165 inhabitants), Rennes (733,320 inhabitants), and Brest (321,364 inhabitants). Brittany is the traditional homeland of the Breton people and is one of the six Celtic nations, retaining a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history. A nationalist movement seeks greater autonomy within the French Republic, or independence from it.


  1. brittany

    There are two main contexts for the term "Brittany": 1) Region: Brittany is a historic province and a cultural and administrative region in north-western France. It's distinguished by its coastline, with a mix of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming, traditional towns. 2) Dog Breed: The Brittany is a breed of gun dog that’s primarily bred for bird hunting. Known for their energy and agility, Brittanys are medium-sized dogs with a strong, quick and agile nature. They are intelligent and friendly dogs known for their eagerness to please and their trainability. It is advised that the context of conversation should be considered to understand the term properly - whether it refers to the French region or the dog breed.


  1. Brittany

    Brittany is a cultural region in the north-west of France. Previously a kingdom and then a duchy, Brittany was united to the Kingdom of France in 1532 as a province. Brittany has also been referred to as Less, Lesser or Little Britain. Brittany is considered as one of the six Celtic nations. Brittany occupies the northwest peninsula of continental Europe in northwest France. It is bordered by the English Channel to the north, the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Its land area is 34,023 km². The historical province of Brittany is divided into five departments: Finistère in the west, Côtes-d'Armor in the north, Ille-et-Vilaine in the north east, Loire-Atlantique in the south east and Morbihan in the south on the Bay of Biscay. In 1956, French regions were created by gathering departments among them. The Region of Brittany comprises, since then, four of the five Breton departments, while the remaining area of the old Brittany, the Loire-Atlantique department, around Nantes, forms part of the Pays de la Loire region. This territorial organisation is regularly contested. The Kingdom and the Duchy of Brittany, the province of Brittany, and the modern Region of Brittany cover the western part of Armorica, as it was known during the period of Roman occupation.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brittany

    an old French prov., land of the Bretons, comprising the peninsula opposite Devon and Cornwall, stretching westward between the Bays of Cancale and Biscay, was in former times a duchy; a third of its inhabitants still retain their Breton language.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brittany

    (Northwest France). The ancient Armorica. Conquered by Julius Cæsar, 56 B.C. Brittany was formerly united to the monarchy, 1532; held by the Spaniards, 1591; recovered by Henry IV., 1594. The Bretons took part in the Vendean insurrection in 1791.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Brittany

    The land anciently possessed by the kings of Britain.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brittany is ranked #125282 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brittany surname appeared 137 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Brittany.

    72.9% or 100 total occurrences were White.
    21.1% or 29 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brittany in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brittany in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Brittany in a Sentence

  1. Dan Diaz:

    It’s a way that I can share the true story of Brittany so that the audience gets the true picture of who she was, most importantly, it will help move [aid in dying] legislation forward by sharing the reality of what Brittany was going through and the logic of the decisions she was making, that being her true legacy.

  2. Emmanuelle Amar:

    This large number of cases of infants with deformities, babies who have no arms, also exists in Brittany and Loire Atlantique, but there was only the report of those in Brittany that was taken into account by Public Health France.

  3. Brittany Packnett:

    The officers wo n’t give their names, brittany Packnett was clearly targeted.

  4. Jason Aldean:

    I want to thank my new wife Brittany over there.

  5. Brian Premo:

    The only thing Brittany Commisso has any power over is Brittany Commisso resolution to continue to speak the truth and seek justice in an appropriate civil action, which Brittany Commisso will do in due course.

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