Albion

Attested:  Albion or Αλβιων mentioned by many classical authors

Where:  Britain

Name Origin:  PIE *albho- ‘white’, presumably referring to the white cliffs of Dover.  The name may have been transferred from Iberia, where a tribe of Albiones in the north-west was mentioned by Pliny.

Notes:  Across European languages a diverse range of specific objects appear to have been named from their whiteness: the Alps, dawn, elves, church vestments, swans, skin lesions, and the upper world.

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Last Edited: 6 January 2017