Bribra

Attested:  RC Bribra

Where:  Probably the fort at Beckfoot, Cumbria, NY08964884, part of the extension to Hadrian’s Wall along the Cumbrian coast south of the Solway.

Name Origin:  As written, Bribra has no easy explanation, though emendation to *Bibra could make it refer to beavers.  Its situation right on a relatively featureless coast could fit briva, commonly mistranslated as ‘bridge’ but more likely to mean ‘water’s edge’ from PIE *bhru- ‘brow’.

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Last Edited: 13 June 2016