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Origin of the name BRENNUS.
Etymology of the name BRENNUS.
Meaning of the baby name BRENNUS.


BRENNUS.  Roman name, said to be of Celtic origin, meaning "chief; king."  In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a king of Britain.

    The root brig, meaning force or strength, is found in many branches of the Indo-European tongues.  It is considered to be akin to the Sanscrit virja, strength, and is found in the Greek verb britho, to be heavy, or to outweigh, and the adjective briaros, strong...
    In the Keltic tongues it again appears in Irish as bri or brigh, force or valour, and Bryn, height, answering to the Roman virtus, and the old French word brie, peculiarly expressive of the gay, light Gallic courage, was a now forgotten legacy from the ancient population.  Then came Brenhin, Bren, or Bran, or, as the Romans made it, Brennus, a king or chief—well known for the forays on Italy, and capture of Rome.
    Another Brennus was the leader of a division of the great host of Gauls, that, about B.C. 279, came out of Pannonia, and made a backward rush towards the East.  One of their bands settled in Asia Minor, and were the parents of the Galatians; but Brennus was less successful.  He marched upon Delphi, promising his followers the plunder of the Temple; but was totally defeated by the Delphians; and finding his army destroyed, and himself severely wounded, put an end to his own life... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)



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